Savoy Hotel, London
My search for an amazing vegan afternoon tea began this weekend at the Savoy Hotel in London.
Tip: When you book over the phone, inform the hotel that you are vegan. If you forget then don’t fear because the hotel staff are very helpful and will ask you for any special dietary requirements prior to confirming your booking.
The hotel lobby is grand and full of beautiful flower arrangements, and once I make it past the first set of steps the afternoon tea room becomes visible…a beautiful bright room with light pouring in from a stained glass dome. A large gazebo takes centre stage and twinkling music from a pianist fills the air…it feels very magical and Midsummer Night-esque!
I sink myself into an arm chair and am presented with an extensive tea menu, with teas ranging from traditional English brews to exotic mixes from China. Bubbly is also available but I am immediately seduced by the beautiful teacups. My eyes are drawn to a Hibiscus and Black Current tea…any fruity brew goes down a treat with me! The tea is the most awesome colour…it is super bright and tastes just as good as it looks.
When the waitress informs me that the vegan afternoon tea consists of three courses I know that this is the real deal. I don’t know about you but I do always worry about dessert courses when I eat out because a few times I have been left sitting at a table with my one scoop of sorbet whilst my family feast on a every warm desert the menu has to offer…not going to lie, I get dessert envy!
My first course consists of mini-sandwiches with five different fillings:
- Artichoke and Olive Tapenade
- Cucumber (a classic!)
- Tofu and Spinach (my favourite!)
- Sweet Pepper and Humus
The sandwiches are pretty dreamy…no crust and the lighted cloud-like bread! The artichoke and tofu sandwiches were my favourites. Two of each type are given and so if you are a strategic eater like me then leave one of your favourite sandwiches for last…I totally ended on a tofu-high!
Next is a plate with four different desserts:
- Chocolate Cake
- Vanilla Cake with Cream and a Strawberry
- Tropical Panna Cotta
- Rice Crispy Cake with a Chocolate Mousse Dome
The chocolate and rice crispy cakes are delicious. Who doesn’t love chocolate (even when it is dairy free)?! The cream on the vanilla cake was amazing but the cake was a little dense and the panna cotta was not my cup of tea (pun definitely intended)!
My third course consists of another chocolate cake, which is identical to my second course…definitely not a problem because it is yummy. I am slightly disappointed that there are no scones after having read previous reviews about being served vegan scones, but the food I ate more than made up for my missing scones!
I will definitely be coming back to the Savoy for more afternoon tea dates. It was such a good feeling to have such a wide selection of vegan sandwiches and desserts and the service was amazing.
VEGAN RATING: 8/10