It wouldn’t surprise me at all if one day the Queen pops by St. Ermin’s for afternoon tea. In fact I’ll say it now- I really think she should.
After all, it’s a mere 5 minute walk from her London residence of Buckingham Palace.
And the aptly named “Royal Tea” is inspired by Her Majesty’s favourite foods and is made using only the finest British ingredients.
For those seeking a bit of a Royal experience, I can not recommend St. Ermin’s enough.
The setting has the elegance of a four star deluxe rated hotel with large cast iron gates opening to reveal the courtyard front of St. Ermin’s all while being central to many of London’s important sites.
With grand sweeping staircases and a wonderful outdoor seating terrace we felt thoroughly spoilt as we were shown to our seats.
With London going through a heat wave it felt like we’d hit gold.
With the option of a glass of “Going strong at 90” for myself and Mr London Mum(a Chambord and champagne cocktail), or a half bottle of champagne or unlimited champagne we settled on the cocktail mix with the aim of staying “parent appropriate.”
Had we not had our Son with us there’s no doubt we’d still be enjoying the unlimited Champagne option 😉
The Royal Tea is available until the 31st Ausgust, and it’s certainly one you need to make sure you try out.
Mr London Mum considers it a cut above all the ones we’ve ever tried, and I have to say I agree. It’s in my top London afternoon tea’s.
You just can’t argue with it. The Queen has impeccable taste, and the chef’s at St. Ermin’s execute her favoured foods to an extremely high standard.
Cornish lobster served in a mini toasted brioche roll, fresh Orkney smoked salmon on brown bread, home cured Fife ham with fresh London piccalilli and organic Hampshire cucumber sandwiches with English cream cheese make up the savoury portion of the tiered afternoon tea stand.
There wasn’t one sandwich that wasn’t enjoyed, I didn’t even mind having to wait for the sweet part of the stand while I indulged in the sandwiches- something I usually don’t have the patience for.
After finishing the sandwiches and before starting on the delicious sweet treats, the warm scones were brought out to the table. With sea salt scones, sultana scones and white chocolate scones there was a scone for every taste which pleased me immensely.
I layered on the thick clotted cream and topped each scone half with the homemade jam that still had lovely juicy strawberry pieces still in it. Delicious.
Finally I let my eyes pick from the sweet treats. I couldn’t resist the light fluffy espresso choux bun. The lovely coffee flavour blended perfectly with the decadent chocolate twill that pierced through the light pastry.
After licking my fingers clean (something I’m sure isn’t Royal etiquette) I picked up “The Golden Orb.” A Scottish shortbread with pistachio and a lemon lime curd dome with a bejewelled glaze. It was Mr London Mum’s favourite treat on the stand and for good reason. It was just delicious.
Unfortunately that’s where the capability of my stomach ended and so I sat back and enjoyed the delicate flavours of the Oriental green tea I picked to go along with the afternoon tea.
Mr London Mum carried on ploughing his way through the set vanilla custard, topped with poached Yorkshire rhubarb and royal meringue followed by the chocolate and Scottish raspberry grand torte. To say I’m jealous now as I write this is an understatement.
His chosen tea was a hot milky chai tea that was aromatic and beautiful. Chai is always a favoured flavour in our household, so I was glad he picked this and let me
share it steal some.
Now don’t let me fool you and think we were having a whale of a time while Little London just sat and watched. Because he had his very own afternoon tea spread.
This is perhaps another reason why St Ermin’s top the ranks on afternoon teas.
They really have put time, effort and thought into creating something that children will enjoy. The “Nine Tea” was the afternoon tea for my own little Prince- again created in celebration of the Queen’s Birthday.
With his sandwiches cut into the size of real old English pennies, my little one munched on a ham sandwich, the traditional cheese and cucumber sandwich and of course the Jam penny!
Although getting him to eat his stand in the correct order was a lot harder than it looked- I wonder if Prince George is the same 😉
He dived straight in for the chocolate and ate the white chocolate crowns and the little chocolates wrapped up like bees (in reference to the resident bee hives on the third floor wildflower terrace).
Before working his way backwards and eating his plain scone which I lavished with cream and jam of course, before taking bites out of his sandwiches.
He then ate the strawberries that stood proudly on top of the strawberry and cream cupcake before trying the chocolate biscuit cake and trying to figure out which cake he preferred.
All washed down with a lovely cold glass of apple juice.
The stand was beautifully crafted, and a real statement piece. I loved it. The bright yellow colour with bees painted on the side again referenced the beautiful hotel we were visiting. At just £15 it’s certainly worth the parent brownie points for treating your child!
All in all, the St. Ermin’s afternoon tea gets a 5/5 from me. It was everything we would have wanted and more.
To further celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, St. Ermin’s are throwing a courtyard afternoon tea street party to coincide with the Patron Lunch on The Mall on Sunday 12th June.
Along with either the Royal Tea or the Nine Tea per guest, there will also be a live jazz band, unlimited candy floss, a Pimm’s station, a cocktail serving VW camper van and full coverage of The Mall being shown.
It’s the next best thing to being invited to the Patron lunch to celebrate this important day in history in the heart of Westminster.
With only 80 seats available it’s worth booking quick!