So when I heard that St James Court Hotel London had broken with tradition and created a decadent afternoon tea, inspired by Luxor Pure Gold 24K Brut Champagne I couldn't wait to give it a try.
The hotel grounds are a beautiful oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle of London.
Walking in you can instantly feel yourself relax. The hotels afternoon tea is served in the Kona restaurant which carries on the comfort and cosiness with luxurious and indulgent furnishings.
Sinking into my lovely cosy chair, I begin to feel the busy working week melt away.
The best afternoon teas begin with a lovely glass of champagne and this afternoon tea is no exception. Well maybe it is, guests have the choice of Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2004 (£15 a glass) or half a bottle of Luxor gold leaf champagne (£85).
Yes it really does have gold leaf in the champagne, you can't taste the gold but it does give off a wonderful shimmer in a glass whilst you drink it.
The continuation of the gold theme runs to the cutlery and plates which is a lovely touch.We happily peruse the menu for our tea selection to accompany our afternoon delights.
We opt for Earl Grey Blue Flower, Bergamot flavoured black tea and cornflowers. Our second choice is Jasmine Chung Feng organic green tea.
There is something really refreshing about Jasmine tea. I can happily drink a whole pot.
When the sandwiches arrive we just sit in silence to admire the beautiful presentation.
How gorgeous is the golden quail's egg and free range egg mayonnaise.
Highlights for me had to be the 24 month aged Prestige Comte cheese and chorizo. Smoked salmon, caviar and mascarpone.
Service until this point was acceptable but it seriously took a nose dive from this point on and became a comedy of errors.
When we were part way through our sandwiches the waiter asked if my other half would like a refreshed pot of tea. Swiftly removing the pot and milk from the table little did we know that he wouldn't be back.
No seriously over twenty minutes later and we are still without tea, in the end we had to ask someone else. This became a common theme.
The waiter kindly comes and replaces the tea without an offer of any milk. Oh and then decides to pour Earl Grey in my jasmine tea and then proceeds to spill some on my handbag and doesn't even wipe it up. Are you kidding me. No I am serious.
We decide to turn our attention to the beautiful pastries.
The Champagne and gold leaf jelly was amazing in taste, with the addition of the strawberry foam it was definitely my favourite.
Pastry Chef Nikhil Vyas has worked his magic to create a foodies delight of edible gold.
White chocolate delight with gold leaves. Oh this was good, sweet, chocolatey and with hidden popping candy.
Nikhil is seriously very talented. The variety in the pastries is the best I have experienced and I have eaten my fair share of afternoon teas.
We had two types of scones served with the afternoon tea: plain and raised scones.
The scones are meant to be served with clotted cream and jam. Yes you guessed, our cream and jam is no where to be seen. There is also no waiter to be seen. I kid you not we waited thirty minutes chatting with a lovely mum and daughter next to us from Chicago. Still no one.
Now what follows is a first we have to physically get up and go looking for a waiter.
The service was beyond appalling and what is sad is the food served was superb. Hopefully the above was just an off day. Despite the hiccups we had a lovely time.
If you fancy living like a queen, quote "What's Cooking at Taj" to receive 24% off their afternoon tea. Guests are requested to make bookings 24 hours in advance.
To take advantage of being in town and to finish off a lovely day, we headed to the theatre district to see "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time".
I would highly recommend seeing this theatre show if you enjoyed reading the book. The staging is superb and very entertaining.What is the worst service you have every had? Share your stories?
Thank you very much to St James Hotel and Zomato for a tasty afternoon tea. Our afternoon tea was complimentary for the purposes of a review, but this is an honest and fair reflection of the restaurant and our experience.