Sunday Afternoon at The Rembrandt
By Jane Venables
When The Rembrandt kindly invited us to sample their delightful afternoon tea one Sunday afternoon, thoughts of a toddler free few hours of yummy tea and cake (and possibly champagne) suddenly became very appealing. Even more appealing was the fact that The Rembrandt sits in pride of place right opposite the V&A Museum in South Kensington and just a five-minute walk from Harrods. Plans were beginning to take shape very nicely indeed!!
So last Sunday, off we headed to Knightsbridge for a spot of browsing in Harrods (well, that’s what most of us do isn’t it - although we may buy the odd expensive tin of biscuits or small cake just so that we can take home the obligatory Harrods carrier bag!). Anyway, after browsing became a little tiresome, we continued five minutes down Brompton Road to the fabulous V&A Museum where the browsing became much more interesting. We could have stayed there longer had it not been for the call of hunger and the excitement of our much anticipated afternoon tea at the lovely Rembrandt hotel. Literally just across the street from the museum, The Rembrandt is the perfect way to round off the day in this part of town.
We were welcomed by a very friendly and helpful team and were shown to our extremely comfortable seats (the tallest leather armchairs I have ever seen). Afternoon tea is served in the swanky yet very relaxed 1606 Lounge Bar, the perfect location in which to wind down after a busy day in London. Two flutes of champagne were brought to our table to start proceedings and most welcome they were. Shortly after, our pots of tea arrived and we began to feel refreshed. We didn’t have to wait long for the most wonderful array of sandwiches, cakes and scones to appear, all served on a stylish three tiered stand. Our server suggested we start with the scones as they would still be warm and the clotted cream would melt perfectly on them, and who are were we to argue with such good advice. The scones were wonderfully fresh, suitably crumbly and ever so tasty and I could have eaten many more had I not had an array of tasty finger sandwiches and sweet treats ahead of me too. Cut into perfect rectangles and completely crust less, the sandwiches were divine. Smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard and cream cheese and cucumber were the perfect demonstration of how traditional fillings work so well with afternoon tea. As for the cakes, dainty cream horns which flaked to perfection and a little square of fruit cake which was topped with a fantastic icing were the perfect sweet ending. Or so we thought!
For those who opt for the Champagne High Tea at The Rembrandt, a beautifully presented dish of strawberries and cream is also included and amidst all of our excitement we had completely forgotten about it. We happily tucked in but couldn’t quite manage it all – much to our dismay!
Our afternoon tea at The Rembrandt was an utterly enjoyable one in terms of both service and quality and we’d happily recommend it to anyone. If you are out for the day visiting the V&A Museum, it is the perfect way to end the day and being just across the street, it isn’t too far to walk with those tired feet!
Afternoon tea is served daily between 2.30pm and 6.30pm at The Rembrandt with Traditional Afternoon Tea costing £20.95 per person and Champagne High Tea costing £29.50 per person.
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