Top London Afternoon Tea Awards 2013
Best afternoon tea service in London: Goring Hotel awarded for outstanding tea service
The best place for afternoon tea in London was announced by The Tea Guild, the British authority which announces the annual award described as the ‘Oscars’ of the tea world in the UK. The cream of the crop in British tea this year is London’s Goring Hotel. According to judges, Goring is offering the best afternoon tea service in London and a full British experience.
“Afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel is a truly special experience,” said Irene Gorman, head of the Tea Guild.
“The elegant surroundings and faultless presentation make it a memorable occasion aided by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff. It is easy to understand why this leading establishment attracts so many, of all ages, to take afternoon tea.”
The Goring Hotel in Belgravia, Central London, received the top award for London tea destinations after gaining a near perfect score by the Tea Guild’s very impressed judges. Guests can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea by a roaring fire in the hotel’s lounge. In more clement weather The Goring boasts a delightful garden, offering one of the few al fresco afternoon teas in the capital. Its afternoon tea menu consists of dainty finger sandwiches, homemade buttery scones, and numerous hand-crafted patisseries, all served with an excellent selection of carefully selected and perfectly brewed teas.
“As a proud member of The Tea Guild we are delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award. All of the staff at The Goring Hotel are passionate about creating a memorable guest experience and when it comes to serving the perfect afternoon tea, we strive to get every detail just right,” said Stuart Geddes, Food and Beverage manager at The Goring .
Taking afternoon tea is a cherished experience steeped in British tradition. Now in its 28th year, the acclaimed Tea Guild Awards are considered the supreme awards. To seek out the finest tea experience in London, The Tea Guild’s secret inspectors have assiduously been searching the capital to seek out the finest tea experiences to see who is deserving of an “Award of Excellence” and who should win the Top London Afternoon Tea.
“Each year the judges’ task of choosing those who receive an Award of Excellence gets more challenging, as standards within The Tea Guild continue to reach new levels and this year’s London competition was no exception,” said Head of The Tea Guild Irene Gorman.
“Afternoon tea is an increasingly fashionable activity in the capital with couples, business workers, friends, family and tourists alike enjoying the ritual.”
The venues achieving this coveted Tea Guild award for recognition of consistently exceptional standards of quality and tea service are:
Brown’s Hotel, Claridge’s,
Corinthia Hotel London,
Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane,
Fortnum & Mason,
Sofitel London St James,
The Capital Hotel,
The InterContinental London Park Lane,
The Park Lane Hotel,
The Montague on The Gardens,
The Royal Garden Hotel,
The Royal Horseguards Hotel,
The Ritz, and The Wolseley.
As well as judging London’s top tea rooms and hotels, The Tea Guild judges travelled across Britain to find the winners of the Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2013 and the Top Tea Place 2013 Award. All visits have been anonymous to ensure the results are completely fair and accurate. The anonymous judges awarded points for the variety, flavour and knowledge of the teas offered, together with the quality of food, service, décor, ambience, and presentation.