The lowdown on Low Tea
Continuing in London’s obsession to take a well-loved thing and add a twist, the Luggage Room in Mayfair have started serving Low Tea from £48pp, all served up in a quirky wooden ‘luggage’ style box.
Tucked away inside the Marriott Hotel on the corner of Grosvenor Square, stepping into The Luggage Room is like stepping back in time to the roaring twenties with a bit of a dark, decadent feel to it.
What on earth is Low Tea?
Let’s not sugar coat it – Low Tea is basically the same as High Tea, Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea but served on a low table from 1-4pm, which is said to be a more social, comfortable experience.
Damn delicious. Little savoury and sweet morsels with a nod to both the English Tradition of Low Tea and the bar’s American Speak easy heritage. My highlights were the Devonshire wild boar sausage rolls, Clarence Court Scotch egg and the Jam Jar Scone Trifle. My mum – who is a bit of a fuss-pot, bless her – also enjoyed at least 60% the food, which is a huge compliment to the chef.
The only boring bit was the tea; I’m not really a herbal tea fanatic, and was more interested in the champagne, but our slightly over-attentive waiter got us to smell every single type…zzz. I ended up with one that was some kind of berry thing (that tasted a bit like Lemsip) and mum had one that was some kind of Jasmine infused thing (that tasted like Lemsip). That’s all I have to say about the tea really.
Back to the booze – we finished off our low tea experience with a Punch a la Romaine cocktail – Champagne & a scoop of homemade sorbet: Plantation 5yr, Fresh ginger extract, Fresh lemon juice, House made lemon sherbet, and Egg white. Nice –but it tipped us over the edge to the uncomfortably full level.
Low Tea- Wednesday- Saturday from 12.00, last sitting 15.00
The Bar- 17.00 till late