Afternoon Tea at the Oscar Wilde Lounge

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Hotel Café Royal’s award-winning afternoon tea is served in a unique setting, the Oscar Wilde Lounge. Dating back to 1865, this stunning room has been restored exquisitely to its original Louis XVI detailing. The Queen of Afternoon Teas menu is a celebration of the inception of afternoon tea and the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria. Service is accompanied by a live pianist and your choice of over 25 exclusive tea blends and infusions. Dress code: Smart/casual Notes: The returning time for each table is two hours. For group bookings kindly contact the hotel directly. The festive afternoon tea menu is served from 11 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.
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ML
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

On arrival shown to table by very polite man. Oscar Wilde Lounge is beautiful with pianist playing. Unfortunately we did not get what we had booked. We booked a normal afternoon tea priced at £55.pp which was stated on website when booking. Instead we were given a festive menu afternoon tea priced at £65 pp + a 12.5% service charge (there was no option for the service charge to be discretionary).
There was no alternative to the festive menu. The food was average. Female serving was very friendly but service was slow. Nobody checked or asked if everything was ok.
This is the worst afternoon tea we have been to and I would not recommend or return.
I emailed The Cafe Royal 3 days ago with these points but as yet no reply.

PG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous environment; feels very luxurious and relaxing. Attentive staff.
One of the food offerings didn’t look very appetising: lurid green on the top of one of the cakes was off-putting; white bread vegetarian sandwiches were a bit bland and lacking flavour — but in the other hand the game pie was a meal in itself!

AT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

enjoyed the visit, but selection of food and teas was somewhat below expectation

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Marvellous tea and a splendid way to enjoy a Christmas treat with my Reverend. I do think a bit more care with timings should be taken. The tea didn’t arrive until we asked for it and we had our sandwiches for 10mins with no tea to accompany it. There were only 5 tables occupied so I don’t think this should have happened. The staff were very polite though, and tried to ensure our comfort. The pianist was sublime at playing and the music choices delightfully fitting. Thank you, I usually frequent the Dorcester but will come again soon to your historic tea venue :)

JV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. From the moment you walk in you feel like a queen. The staff is friendly, the food and tea are delicious, and the mood is set with a piano player entertaining you through the experience.

LB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Was disappointed with sandwiches and cakes not sure why game pie was served with afternoon tea as it was very dry. The champagne jelly was my favourite. Scones were very good much better than those served at the Ritz. The ambiance and service were excellent and staff are extremely friendly accommodating and the pianist complimented the occasion nicely.

AT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time. Great, friendly service. Made birthday celebration extra special. Pianist played Happy Birthday. Memorable time.

PR
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! Probably the most Beautiful room in London!

AL
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting and great food. And it still manages to feel intimate and relaxed.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service and ambiance. From the moment we stepped inside we felt that we were walking in luxury. Everything was explained in detail to us and the food was superb.

RM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular afternoon tea! The meat pie was unbelievable!! Our 8 year old was so disappointed to leave after 2.5 hours!

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience. The service is perhaps as good as you will encounter in any restaurant. The food was light and tasty and combined with the service and ambience ensured the perfect afternoon tea. The pianist as well was superb.

GL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delightful atmosphere. Enjoyable experience all around.

KB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oscar Wilde Lounge itself is absolutely stunning & steeped in history. The festive afternoon tea was beautiful, a lovely selection of savoury & sweet delicacies. The staff were very knowledgeable & accommodating, Hollie in particular gave us great service. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Compared to many other afternoon teas in the UK around the world I’ve experienced I thought it was rather poor. From the savoury items to the sweet treats it was not up to standard. The scones were extremely doughy and I wasn’t the only one who thought this. The woman at the table next to me was telling her waitress the exact same thing and she apparently has done many an afternoon tea she exclaimed. The chairs although quaint were ridiculously low so god forbid anyone who was tall having to sit on them. I’m only 5ft tall and I struggled sitting in them for that length of time feeling all the while my knees were up around my chin! Whilst I enjoyed the gentleman playing on the piano very much I think the choice of music played in between his sets was not a good choice for afternoon tea either. Too modern and upbeat comes to mind.
Overall I was not impressed at all with the experience and would have to say the only part of the afternoon I enjoyed was the champagne!
A big thumbs down from me unfortunately as I did have high hopes from the reviews I’d read previously online.

e
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to the Oscar Wilde Lounge, this time with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. The festive afternoon tea included a variety of tasty savoury and sweet treats. We enjoyed rather too many savouries that our sweet delicacies were boxed for us to take home! The staff were both friendly and efficient and the ambiance was perfect. An expensive treat but so worth it.

N
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been a few times and it’s absolutely fabulous.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was simply amazing and well worth every cent! Truly got so much food and tea for the value! Service was simply amazing and would highly recommend

s
London
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail was absolutely fantastic and the staff very attentive without being overbearing. The food was absolutely delicious - would 100% recommend!

MW
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service, thank you Anna!

Food was great and they played happy birthday on the piano for my sister.

Great experience

S
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, food and service. Also great value, thank you shall be revisiting

J
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was recommended this hotel by a friend so I booked it for my mum's 70th birthday. The Oscar Wilde room was stunning! The afternoon tea was lovely and filling. The cakes were beautifully made. We were offered extra sandwiches and tea. If you're offered water, request tap water or they charge you extra. Towards the end of our visit, the pianist played Happy Birthday and a member of staff came over to my mum with two truffles with a candle in them and 'Happy 70th Birthday!' written in chocolate on the plate, which was a nice surprise. Toilets were nice and clean.

Y
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely afternoon treat for my daughters bithday; if you want a little something special then this place is a must, lovely staff, beautiful room and atmosphere, treated lovely and a place that must be visited again . Would recommend to everyone to pay a visit 👌

IM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staffs are very professional and knowledgeable.
Thank you for the great time.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an amazing experience. Great ambiance, food, and service. Holly our waitress was absolutely lovely. Will definitely be coming back.

NJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arranged the Queen's Afternoon Tea with champagne, as a surprise for a dear friend who was celebrating her 70th Birthday. We were four in total and everyone had a fabulous time, the food and champagne were delicious and top-ups offered as required. The 'Happy Birthday' plate with chocolates and candle, was an additional, unexpected touch. Nathan, our waiter was charming and knowledgeable. Thank you for making our afternoon so memorable. This was my second visit and I know I will be back again.

TR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

-Extremely good service
-very nice ambience
-Live piano music
-very good food (offered refill of food and drinks)
-offered our leftovers in a very nice box
-location in central london

KK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Made our daughter's 21st a lovely memorable afternoon. The Oscar Wilde lounge is so elegant. Service was excellent as was the food, especially smoked salmon sandwiches in a black charcoal bread. We were offered extra sandwiches, which in some places you don't get. Great choice of teas in the menu which were explained by the waitress. The pianist played Happy Birthday while she was delivered some chocolates on a plate with chocolate written "Happy Birthday" on it which was a surprise. The only thing I would say is we felt quite cramped on a small table. We had 2 platters as she had her own being vegetarian as well as the teas, glasses etc for 3 people. All the staff were so friendly and polite, thank you!

AL
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, beautiful service and very nice food.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful historical place. Must do.

TK
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We booked afternoon tea to celebrate our 11th anniversary and were delighted when a 'happy anniversary' message, written in chocolate, was brought out.
The pianist was superb and the atmosphere delightful.
10/10 and will definitely be visiting again.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue, lovely staff, great food, we all loved it. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, food and choices of tea. Service very polite and attentive.

d
Wales
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special anniversary celebration. Experience was excellent The service and food were outstanding. The pianist played a wide range of music and was extremely talented. Would like to revisit and would highly recommend.

DH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful high tea experience! Only negative was the room was very warm!

MG
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good food and a great variety of tea.

LG
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the very best London afternoon tea I have experienced in a long time. The Oscar Wilde tea room is spectacular.
The food was perfect and very traditional the way I think afternoon tea should be. The service was excellent without being overbearing.
The staff were warm and friendly and seemed to re-appear just as you might need just about anything.
Hard to fault anything, so I will not try.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breathtaking!

W
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Every minute. Such a treat but worth every penny. Great tea room, staff & food. Highly recommend

JL
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble, from assisting me with vegan options, to arranging flowers on my behalf for my mother. We were celebrating her 80th birthday. Everyone made such a fuss of her. Staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive throughout. The Oscar Wilde lounge is stunning, opulent and intimate. Food was delicious and plentiful, with more available if we had wanted it. The pianist played happy birthday, as the staff came out with a decorated plate and Mum’s flowers. It really was a special afternoon and Ziya cannot recommend Cafe Royal highly enough.