Sunday, September 16, 2012
Day 4 - The Ritz
We were in the grand Palm Restaurant, which was formal but lovely. There were a few tables with people who looked like they came for tea all the time, and many others who were nervously taking pictures of each other and the decor, before waiters offered to take photos of them. First impressions were that they are well used to tourists coming for the experience and don't make you feel out of place.
We were shown the tea menu, with a vast array of teas. Asif opted for green tea, while I had the Ritz special. Our waiter talked us through the menu and brought our tea, and we were then served our finger sandwiches. We asked for non-meat sandwiches and there were plenty to choose from - and very filling I might add - which I didn't expect. The waiters do come around and top the sandwiches up, but we were full up with just one round. The stand also contains an array of cakes at the top, and some hot scones are brought after the sandwiches. This was followed by a choice of two cakes from a cart that is brought out later on - but we were so stuffed we could barely look at them.
The Ritz has a resident pianist who was playing just opposite the restaurant, and switched to a happy birthday tune as the waiter brought my birthday cake out, which was lovely! We were so full though that I had to take it home to eat.
All in all it was a lovely experience, we didn't feel out of place, the staff were welcoming, and the cakes were amazing! It is a lovely treat if you are planning to visit or have a celebration. The hotel does recommend booking six weeks in advance to get the day and time that suits you best.
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