Review: Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge

I have not been up to London for a long time. I used to go pretty regularly, but then with COVID and then having a baby, it has just not been something that was on my mind. And the thought of having to take the pushchair is just a big no. This past weekend, though, I arranged to meet one of my sisters in London for a little mooch (needed to get some shoes for a wedding I’m going to), and we also enjoyed an afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols.

I have not been to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge before, but it is right by the station and easy to access. Up on the fifth floor is their cafe, along with food to buy and two other restaurants (Hello, Burger and Lobster). The cafe is where you go for afternoon tea and it is really lovely. In warmer months you can even sit outside on the roof terrace for some good views of London.

Afternoon Tea for Two at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

We had been gifted the Champagne afternoon tea for two from, so promptly after we were seated we had the bubbles brought over. There was a range of speciality teas to choose from along with the afternoon tea, as well as ice tea which I thought was a nice addition as I don’t always fancy a hot drink. The delicate sandwiches and the homemade scones were served alongside a cold glass of Champagne. The berry jam was tart and flavoursome, which worked well with the thick and creamy clotted cream (I’m a jam first person, obvs). The sandwiches were a good range, including different breads. There was also a savoury tartlet which was very tasty. 

The cakes and pastries were a mixed bag, to be honest. The mini lemon meringue was lovely, as was the Bakewell tart and the chocolate and chilli mousse. The sticky toffee pudding cake had a strange texture and a bit of an unusual flavour, as was the carrot cake, but that could have just been us. I’m sure the cakes and pastries vary from time to time too.

The whole experience was very decadent and I did really enjoy most of the food and the atmosphere. The service was second to none, being promptly greeted on arrival, and food and drink brought out really efficiently. The staff were attentive but not annoying, just checking in every now and then to check we had all that we needed from drinks, refilling our table water, and so on.

Buy a Gift Voucher Booking

The process of booking with Buy a Gift was really simple. Once you have your voucher with a code, you get the booking details from their website. It was easy to do, and then when you’re enjoying your experience, it has been all paid for already (unless you get anything additional, of course). If you fancy doing this experience, then it does save you money off the ‘walk in’ price of the afternoon tea, so why not do it to book ahead and save some money? The price on the menu is £35 per person for afternoon tea, plus £10 for the Champagne, so you’re essentially get the Champagne for free

This experience is only available at the Bristol, Edinburgh & London Knightsbridge stores.

Have you been to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge before? I really enjoyed it! It would be great to hear what you think.

*the voucher was gifted in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own.

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