I've got to confess that I'm a big fan of Afternoon Tea, so when I had the chance to go to the The Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant and sample theirs, I wasn't going to say no!! If you didn't already know, The Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant is based at 30 James Street and once the home to the iconic sailing company, The White Star Line, who transformed Atlantic travel, There's no doubt that the building which the Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant calls home is impressive, the facade, entrance and sheer scale of its Victorian splendour captivates you and takes you back to the time when taking Afternoon Tea was part of the daily ritual for middle and upper classes. I've been to some really great places for Afternoon Tea and ones, lets say have left me feeling disappointed. What makes Afternoon Tea so special? Personally I think, like most things it based on the quality, service, food and of course the surroundings have got play a part; get one of those wrong and the perception in a person's mind will leave them feeling let down; after all we or should I say I, all want a slice of Downton.
On arrival we were immediately with courtesy, acknowledged, welcomed and escorted into the dining area, and transferred swiftly to our table where we were introduced to our waitress for the afternoon. The care and attention she gave us throughout was exemplary, attentive and unobtrusive. On being seated a waiter went through the Afternoon Tea menu, explaining the choices, which was really lovely, he also asked about any dietary requirements and/or allergies. It was nice to have the feeling of being looked after; this was a first class approach, and then effortlessly transferred back to the care of our waitress. The execution and delivery was friendly, yet professional, allowing us to request at our pace, rather than that of the establishment. The waiters and waitresses were impeccably dressed.
Quality and Presentation of the Food
It's always a good sign when the food arrives and there’s an, "ooh". The presentation of the 3 tiers, consisting of sandwiches, cakes and then finally scones with cream and jam was lovely. With five different sandwich choices; a selection of five cakes and then scone, cream and jam, it was a traditional tea. You have a choice of hot tea or coffee with your sandwiches and cakes. The choice of tea is good and allows people to make a choice, with typical styles including Earl Grey, Lady Grey and English Breakfast. Both the tea and coffee were delivered piping hot and throughout the afternoon we were asked if we'd like more. The sandwiches were all fresh and the ham, wholegrain mustard and rocket became a particular favourite, but all of the sandwiches were good. The cakes of course were delicious and with a choice of five we were really spoilt for choice and then finally to the favourite part, the scones. They were moist and fruity and finished off an Afternoon Tea well, probably my favourite part because I love scones.
It was clear that there was attention to detail. The cutlery was good, clean and fitting. The china ware was white, traditional and didn't look out of place; the napkins were fresh, white and starched. An eclectic mix of furnishings, using creams, golds to set off the room and much to my relief there was no nod to the Titanic, which would have been predictable. The layout and design of the room, was spacious; there was a lovely atmosphere, very calm and relaxing with music playing quietly in the background. All these factors added to the overall ambience. The distance between all the tables allowed you to have your own conversations without over-hearing others. For a room of the size that it was, tables were not crammed in to maximise income potential.
What did I like about the Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant?
Firstly, I liked the room that it takes place in, it was airy and flooded with natural light, even on the miserable day that we decided to go.
The second reason and probably probably, (I felt) made it for me, was that it was only Afternoon Tea was being served. When we walked in, to see the three-tier cake stands on the tables set the scene and I felt immediately I knew why I was there. We'd booked to have Afternoon Tea, and that's what was expected; I can be big on etiquette for something like this and not a fan of establishments serving Afternoon Tea when other people are having a meal, or even having a pint; that's when it loses its allure for me, it's all part of the elegance, the surroundings and the psychology and that's exactly what we got at The Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant.
As a Style Card Partner, you'll be able to have Afternoon Tea for 2 for the price of 1 (Monday - Wednesday. The offer doesn't include Prosecco). Normally this would be priced at £24.95 (with Prosecco), if Prosecco isn't your thing, then the afternoon will cost £19.95, almost the cost of a Style Card.
We had a lovely afternoon and I would recommend The Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant for Afternoon Tea, the quality of the overall product, the service, surroundings and food were all excellent and I'll be back enjoying more, now with my Style Card.
We also have the Bastion Restaurant as a card partner, serving Afternoon Tea as well. https://shanklyhotel.com/restaurants-bars/
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