I do love an afternoon tea, last birthday I went with my husband and children to a local hotel and spa for an afternoon tea in Kent and was really not impressed. We daren’t attempt it again so this year I wanted to tea in London. I didn’t want anything too extravagant but I did want something a bit special. Most importantly it had to be child friendly.
So my husband did his research and we agreed on St Ermin’s Hotel. They offered a children’s tea menu, which is an obvious sign they welcome children, and they also had a special offer for the adults.
We arrived by taxi to my sons excitement, my son is obsessed with all different modes of transport. The doorman welcomed us in, and we sat in the lobby whilst we waited for the tea area to open. Staff and guests were making a fuss of my daughter, especially of her sparkly silver shoes.
We were shortly shown to our table. The afternoon tea dining area was situated on a balcony which looked over the main reception area. We walked up the beautiful staircase and were shown to our table. It wasn’t very busy, probably because our reservation was for 12, which is very early for most people, but for those with children you’ll know that 12 is lunch time.
We sipped on our complimentary glass of champagne (an offer though the booking website at the time of booking) The children were offered a choice of fruit juice and we were given a tea menu.
First to arrive, after our drinks, were the scones. I have had many afternoon teas and have never had the scones first but my children aren’t fussy about what order the food arrives. So we devoured the scones.
My favourite were the gingerbread, I only got to sample a tiny piece of the triple chocolate, daddy is a fan of anything sea salted so he ate those ones. A perfect family selection of flavours I thought.
FYI I’m a cream first then top with jam kinda girl.
Next came the exciting part the sandwiches and cakes! We had to tell the children that they were to eat sandwiches first. They were served three flavours of sandwiches chocolate, jam and egg . Which are fun treat flavours for children. Think it would have been nice to have a cheese and/or cucumber too. We, the adults, had turkey and cranberry, (it was still mid Jan so still festive) cucumber and cream cheese, salt beef and horseradish and smoked salmon and caviar. All really nice sandwiches.
Onto the cakes!! My children couldn’t stuff these in their mouths quick enough! The remains were smeared all over their faces!
I thoroughly enjoyed the cakes, the peanut butter macaron was divine! I liked that there were two of each as with some teas there are only one of each cake. It was great not having to share.
The childrens tea was honey bee themed as the hotel produce their own honey, they have a bee hives up on the roof and a bee hotel. We did pop up and have a look after our tea. I think this is a lovely idea and a great feature for children, my son was excited knowing he was going to visit a Bee Hotel. Not that we saw any bees. They were all sleeping.
After our plates had been cleared I was presented one last treat on a plate with happy birthday written in chocolate, such a lovely touch, the lovely lady who brought it out even sang a solo happy birthday, my husband was fetching the kids who had got fed up and started wandering about. Luckily it wasn’t very busy and they didn’t bother anybody.
I can not recommend St Ermins enough, it’s a gorgeous hotel in a great location near Westminster, we did actually go to the London Aquarium after as it was only across the bridge.
The service was fantastic and we were made to feel so welcome, it’s always a bit nerve wracking to take the kids out to eat as they’re so young and they do get restless, but they were well behaved and absolutely loved their bee themed tea.
The teas are a bargain price too, almost half of what I’ve sometimes paid. So if you want a special afternoon tea, suitable for children that doesn’t break the bank consider St Ermins Hotel. I will certainly be back with my family.