Hampton Court Palace and Champagne Tea for Two
great day out
Really enjoyed our time at hampton court palace. We booked our afternoon tea for 5pm to give us plenty of time to look around. Would recommend the audio tour . We found the journey to the hotel was quite a distance, traffic very busy. Would have been nicer if it had been nearer to the palace. But the actual hotel and food was very good. A lovely day bought for us by our daughter!
17 February 2013
We recently went on a day out at Hampton Court with a champagne cream tea. The day at Hampton Court was amazing we had not been there for a long time and it had changed and become far more interesting. Lots to see and lots of lovely history. The strolling actors in full costume were very good and passed on a lot of bits of information that you had not thought of before. They have tried very hard to involve the public in the whole experience of the palace and it works. The disappointment was the cream tea. Firstly it would have been much better to have had it at Hampton Court as it would have given us more time and been far more relaxing. As it was we had to leave at 3.30pm with a very stressful drive though the one way system of Kingston upon Thames to a seedy hotel for a very ordinary cream tea. As we were driving the champagne was not an option and was replaced with orange juice. The catering at Hampton Court was extremely good and Im sure they would have been able to provide at least a cake and some tea or coffee their coffee was stunning. So our advice for your future customers is to make an arrangement with Hampton Court or one of the businesses that are literally across the road from the entrance to Hampton Court and cut out the long journey through Kingston.
16 November 2010
Afternoon tea was disappointing
Overall the day was enjoyable and I'm glad I finally visited Hampton Court Palace.
However, the experience was let down by the afternoon tea part . The drive to the Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel took about 10 mins from Hampton Court Palace, so not too bad but traffic was light. This deal would be much better if the afternoon tea was at a location closer or actually at the Palace, we would have used public transport if that were the case.
The waitress at the Kingston Lodge Hotel was very friendly and helpful but we were not offered champagne, which is what the experience advertises. Half way through eating our afternoon tea I asked if we were getting champagne and she apologised saying she didn't realise the deal came with champagne, however I overheard a couple sitting a few tables away ask the same thing 10 mins before. So I would make sure you ask, otherwise I don't think they bother to offer, a shame when it's what you have paid for.
The sandwiches that came with the afternoon tea were awful, the worst I have had. Three fingers of egg mayo, three of cucumber and cream cheese and three of smoked salmon. All on cheap white bread and with no seasoning or flavour. I had to add some white pepper to them just to make them edible. My husband couldn't stand to eat any of them after the first bite. However, the afternoon tea did improve when the cakes and scones arrived, The scones were warm with plenty of jam and clotted cream and I can't really fault the other cakes and treats that were on the plate. Its just such a shame the sandwiches let it down, I was not impressed by the afternoon tea experience.
19 June 2014
I was given a gift of 'Historic Afternoon Tea' for two by my daughters.
My husband and I chose Hampton Court as this was a place I had always wanted to see.
We made our visit on July 24th 2011, Although we really enjoyed looking round the palace. The same cannot be said for our 'Afternoon Tea' experience which was nothing like what you would expect from the title.
On production of our voucher we were told to pick a cake, scone with jam or cream, and a pot of tea or coffee. We were amazed to say the least. After some discussion with the manager when we told him we did not consider this to be afternoon tea, we were told by him to also pick a packet of sandwiches.
This we ate in a busy noisy cafe. Not what I call AFTERNOON TEA.
14 August 2011