Le Chandelier

Restaurants, Tea rooms East Dulwich
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Le Chandelier

Both tea and cake are in plentiful supply at Le Chandelier. More than 30 varieties of loose leaf tea by Jing are stacked in jars while the cakes cause passers by to ogle from the window. Piled high and wide, they cover the gamut of confections from cupcakes and brownies to billowing meringues and grown up cheesecakes and are ordered daily from various local suppliers. Scones, however, are baked in house and are a pleasing addition to the generous afternoon tea, which, depending on what’s fresh that day, usually includes a slice of Madeira cake and a Portuguese custard tart among a selection of four sweets. The salon setting – a sort of grand French, British and Middle Eastern fusion – is a suitably special backdrop.



Venue name: Le Chandelier
Address: 161 Lordship Lane
SE22 8HX
Opening hours: Afternoon tea served 3-6pm daily
Transport: Tube: East Dulwich rail then 40, 176, 185 bus
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Took a friend for afternoon tea, wanting to support local businesses we went to Le Chandelier in Dulwich. Although the tea was very good, when I paid the bill I was disappointed that we were charged for the top up of tea that we asked for. I have had many afternoon teas and NEVER had to pay for more tea. The one other thing was that the nice young man who served us had an unfortunate problem with body odour. This is not very nice in an establishment where food and drink is being served. This a shame because the cakes and sandwiches was very good .

I used to go to Le Chandelier all the time for brunch (definitely one of my favourite spots in London for this) but recently went for dinner as well and was delightfully surprised! The wine list is hands down the best in the area – both in terms of value for money and quality – and the food was excellent. I’m a fussy vegetarian eater and had no problem finding multiple options on the menu, and all my carnivorous friends were very happy with their food too. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and the restaurant itself it beautifully decorated, with a unique and quirky feel. I would definitely recommend!

My favourite find in East Dulwich is Le Chandaliere. Exquisite coffee - sourced from Monmouth - is so delightful it made me drool. I couldn't get enough of the poached eggs with mushrooms (I'm not exaggerating when I say I didn't know mushrooms could taste that good). The amazing food and drink, combined with a calm atmosphere, friendly staff and beautifully designed antique interior is a complete joy. I recommend it to those who want a special place to take friends or family. Or simply to sit alone alone, enjoying the space, with a cup of monmouth coffee and a cake from the amazing selection that greets you as you walk in the door.

Le Chandelier is a place I go when I want something extra special. I particularly like to take friends who have never been a real place to impress. I very much enjoy their attention to detail with their decor and their food, it is a truly sumptuous. The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful and the food is very good very French made with very fine ingredients.

Thank you Rachel for your kind comments. We enjoyed hosting both of your parties at Le Chandelier and are so happy you had a lovely time. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes Daphne

If you are looking for delicious afternoon tea in a unique and sumptuous setting - decorated with antique mirrors and chandeliers - then Le chandelier in East Dulwich is an excellent choice. Daphne and her team offer a fantastic choice of teas and delicious and beautiful cakes served on an eclectic mix of lovely vintage china. I was delighted with Le chandelier both for both my 40 th and later for my daughters 11 th birthday party. Thank you Daphne.

Two people from this party were dealing with the same booking from the 25th August. The confusion was created from this. The customer gave us a list of what they wanted prior to the event, which included a vegan afternoon tea and a champagne afternoon tea, there was no mention of a vegetarian option by the person who booked it at any point of the booking. We emailed the customer back pointing out that we do not take bookings for cream teas which seven people wanted, however we did not wish to cancel this booking at such a late date as it would be inconvenient for the customer. We were emailed that another three people would be coming on the 12th September. Our emails to the customer made it clear the conditions of this booking and are open for anyone to see. As there was another booking for ten people we emailed that the space was limited and "tight for space". The Moroccan room is designed for sharing, with long comfortable sofas, large cushions and small low tables. It is loved by our customers for this reason and we have not had problems in the past. The small Moroccan tables are not big enough for lots of individual stands. It is normal in both hotels and other establishments to have afternoon tea selections on pretty stands. Our cakes are bespoke and we offer a selection and the same amount as on each three tiered individual stands. Most of our customers do not want fourteen of the same cake. We could have catered for this if it had been specified on the booking. The antique cups and saucers were checked when preparing and not cracked. The mismatch cups are what customers like and are part of our afternoon tea experience. Two guests did arrive early (2.45pm) when we were preparing the room after another booking, we told them we would be two minutes, they said that they wanted to sit outside, customers do this when they wish to smoke. When they arrived some of the guests requested lunch/brunch menus and were given them, this was not planned in the booking and is unsuitable for the room however again we tried to accommodate them. Given the problems and the manner of some of the guests especially in relation to the younger staff we rescheduled the other booking and allowed the group to have the whole of the Moroccan room. Some of the guests were grateful and expressed thanks. Our understanding of the behaviour of the staff is not what has been posted by the customer. The shop was busy and full of customers who saw the behaviour of this group and because of this we have had to log this in our accident and incident book We are very sorry that this group did not have a good time at Le Chandelier but it is clear that it was not what they either expected or wanted.

Looking for afternoon tea? Expecting a quaint tea room setting? Then Le Chandelier, SE22 is not the place to go. From the arrival of the first guests to our departure it was a huge disappointment. The offer of afternoon tea starting at £6 for two scones, jam and cream or £18 consisting of two scones, jam and cream, sandwiches and assorted pastries, and an additional Champagne tea is £25 was found to be wanting. Clearly they need to revise their advertisement outlining what exactly is on offer for a large party as a service of surly rude staff, disagreeable manager and poorly served produce is what we got for our money. Any party over two, they clearly have difficulty catering for large parties. Our large party of 15 having booked in advance and placed our orders in advance were sorely disappointed with the service. At no time did the staff know what the arrangements were for the booking, at no time did the staff know which platters had been pre order, and at no time did the staff offer a friendly welcoming service. All we received were disapproving looks with every complaint we had. The upstairs tea room was set up like a Moroccan tent. Not what we were expecting for an English afternoon tea. The small round tables were set out with an odd assortment of tea cups and plates (some cracked) and knives (no fork to eat your cakes with!). They clearly do not have the capacity to cater for more than two people at a time as our large party overwhelmed them. One order for a vegan afternoon tea was catered for adequately with the arrival of a tiered cake stand decked out with the scones, sandwiches and assorted pasties/cakes. However, no such luxury for the remainder of the party who had to make do with a rudest of staff informing us we would have to share from a small selection of sandwiches and pastries. For those who were paying £18 we were presented with the offer of 6 quarter sandwiches and a paltry selection of pasties where by the crème de la crème of pastries amounted to two lemon tarts between 14! To be informed by the surly member of staff that they do not guaranteed a better selection as it changes daily. Having booked in advance it would have been more advantageous to provide an adequate supply of produce to prevent such a debacle where by 8 members of the party where eyeing up the two lemon tarts on offer!! The so called afternoon tea ended in our party being accused of non payment from some of the party by the surly waitress and when found to be an error on the part of said waitress ended with the most disagreeable manager slamming the door after our departure having told us to leaving in the most unpleasant manner! Afternoon tea at Le Chandelier? I think not!!

Very disappointing! The cakes were too dry and I thought that it would have been better off with a smaller selection of HOME MADE cakes. Could really do with some efforts there!