The winners of the fourth annual Afternoon Tea Awards were revealed this week at the Rosewood London.
AfternoonTea.co.uk, which hosts the awards, said that this year’s competition had attracted entries from more than 60 UK hotels and restaurants.
“These are the only awards that look at the whole afternoon tea experience from the customer’s perspective. Our expert judges visit twice to ensure that food quality and service levels are consistent,” said Keith Newton, managing director of AfternoonTea.co.uk.
“The creativity demonstrated by the chefs, combined with exceptional service, show that afternoon tea is still a very special culinary experience that can be enjoyed by all.”
Winners were announced in four categories: Best Tea Service, Best Theme, Best Contemporary Tea and Best Traditional Tea. Highly commended, commended and awards of excellence were also recognised and presented.
The winners were:
- Best Traditional Afternoon Tea: The Savoy
- Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea: Cadogan’s by Adam Handling
- Best Themed Afternoon Tea: The Berkeley ‘Prêt-à-Portea’
- Best Tea Service: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
‘Awards of Excellence’ were given to regional winners:
- Pennyhill Park, Surrey
- Coworth Park, Berkshire
- Café at the Palace, Edinburgh
- Lainston House, Hampshire
- James Martin Manchester
- Laura Ashley Coventry
- Laura Ashley Solihull
- Foxhills, Surrey
- Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertfordshire
Highly Commended winners included The Berkeley, Rosewood London, The Dorchester and Kona. Commended winners included Fortnum & Mason The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, COMO The Halkin and Le Méridien Piccadilly.