Perched just above Richmond town, the hotel is quietly situated down Nightingale Lane near Richmond Park yet only a short stroll from the town centre. One of several of Richmond’s luxury hotels, the four star establishment has views over Petersham Meadows to the Thames from several of its public and guestrooms. There is ample parking. It’s a steep descent down to the hotel from Nightingale Lane, so the less mobile might need to arrive by car.
The tearoom: The hotel restaurant has floor to ceiling windows with views over the Meadows. We had a corner table with excellent views.
The tea: There is a choice of four leaf teas. Served in white Villeroy and Boch china, I chose the Earl Grey that was excellent. Fruit teas and coffee are also served.
The food: On an attractive three tier rack we had selected sandwiches, assorted cakes and plain and poppy scones.
Price: £24.50 per head plus optional 12.5% service charge
Other options: Champagne is available at £12.50 per glass
Dietary requests: With 24 hours notice, the hotel can serve a gluten-free tea.
Times: Daily – Monday to Saturday 3.30pm to 5.30pm; Sunday 4pm to 5.30pm.
The detail: The sandwiches were fresh and tasty. We had cucumber, smoked Applewood cheddar with apple cider chutney and Scottish smoked salmon with cream cheese. Another option is honey roast ham with wholegrain mustard. I was advised all the cakes are home made. There was fruitcake, a pate sucree tart filled with Chantilly cream, meringues filled with whipped cream, cupcakes topped with cream cheese and bitter chocolate opera cake.
Scones were fresh, served with Wilkin and Sons strawberry preserve and a generous helping of Cornish clotted cream.
Service was attentive and polite and we were frequently offered more tea, fresh cups and more food. At the end, we were even offered a box to take our leftovers home, a nice touch, but we were far too replete to avail ourselves.
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