Review of Afternoon Tea at The Bingham Hotel

A short walk from Richmond town centre, the number 65 bus from the station runs right outside. This four-star boutique hotel has a small balcony and a pretty terrace from where there are good views over the River Thames. Limited parking – phone the hotel ahead of visiting if you intend to drive.

The tearoom: The Georgian townhouse has high ceilings and a pretty lounge with roaring fire and picture windows. We had a comfortable corner table with river views.

The tea: Leaf teas comprised English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling Second Flush, and Green Tea Jade tips. Other teas included jasmine, peppermint, chamomile, red berry and rooibos. Served in the hotel’s specially designed bone china, I chose Earl Grey. Accompanied with fresh lemon, it was excellent.

The food: The tea was served on a three-tier rack with sandwiches, scones and cakes, all home made.

Price: £25 per head. Discretionary 12.5% service charged is added to the bill.

Other options: £36 with a glass of champagne

Dietary requests: With 24-hour notice, the hotel can cater for most diets, including gluten free.

Times: From January 2016, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.30pm

BinghamThe detail: The room was comfortable and felt like a private lounge rather than a hotel’s. Iced water was brought to our table unbidden, as soon as we sat down, a nice touch. Sandwiches were very tasty and served on white and wholemeal bread: smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber with sour cream, fresh tomatoes with olives (particularly good) and cheese with apple chutney. Ham with chutney and turkey with stuffing is also available. Scones were a good size and freshly baked. They were served with quality strawberry preserve, decanted into pretty pots and Cornish clotted cream. The little cakes were delightful – ginger and chocolate slices, a rice pudding crumble topped with cinnamon, melt in the mouth lemon shortbread and chocolate brownie with salted sunflower seeds.

Service was very good, with frequent prompts asking us if we wanted more tea, extra sandwiches and even more cakes. We were asked if we would like to take our leftovers home, a thoughtful touch again. It was overall, a very pleasant, faultless experience.

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