Happy New Year to one and all!! I hope you all had a great Christmas, eating all the food and drinking all the drink – I certainly did! It was truly magical, and Ill go so far to say it was probably the best one yet!
One of my highlights for Christmas, was being given the opportunity to do another blog review on behalf of ‘Bookatable’ – you may remember my first one at ‘Restaurant Ours’ back in the Summer http://jaxandjoseph.co.uk/days-out/feast-on-london-restaurant-ours/
This time around, we were given the opportunity to visit The Dorchester for a Festive Afternoon Tea. Bookatable had kindly given me the opportunity to try one of their ‘Christmas Deals’ and The Dorchester was on the list. Honestly, I was like a kid at Christmas ;). The Dorchester has been on my to do list for quite some time, however parental responsibilities and expenses obviously take priority so it has therefore been on the back burner. Being a lunch time booking, we were able to take Joseph and was really looking forward to sharing the experience with him. On arrival, it was everything that I had thought it would be at this time of year. The surroundings were stunning and festive, with an atmosphere to match, however I have to say, everything else was a little disappointing. We had to wait 20 minutes for our table, where we then had to wait an additional 10 minutes for them to provide us with a high chair (although I had called to make them aware beforehand)
To start off our Afternoon Tea, we were presented with a selection of homemade finger sandwiches, followed by scones and a selection of festive inspired pastries.
As Afternoon Teas go, and I have been to a few, I would say out of them all this one probably left me the most dissatisfied and at £75pp it isn’t cheap.The best part for me was the glass of Laurent-Perrier which speaks volumes in itself as I have an incredibly sweet tooth. It was a pleasant experience, dining in such beautiful settings, however for me, it wasn’t my most enjoyable Afternoon Tea. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and I believe in one way, the Afternoon Tea was a reflection to that, but at times it was too slow paced, to the point we were left hungry in between. The sandwiches were ok, but they were lacking something.
With all this said, I do think, had the beginning of our experience ran a bit more smoothly, I would have found it all the more enjoyable. Having to wait 20 minutes for a table does leave a bit of a bad taste in your mouth, especially as they were aware of us being with a toddler. One thing that I can applaud them for however, is that they were extremely attentive to Joseph. They were truly accommodating with him and helped to keep him entertained, which as a Parent is always a GOD SEND.
I would definitely return to The Dorchester in a heartbeat, however as Afternoon Teas go, had we of paid £75pp I would have been left disappointed. Going forward however, I would definitely book a deal through Bookatable again. They have such a wide range of restaurants to chose from, and budgets to suit all!