It doesn’t take much convincing to go out and enjoy afternoon tea at the Egerton House, a luxury hotel with history that dates back to 1627. So when my lovely pal Emma of the brilliant Adventures of a London Kiwi blog suggested we meet to experience high tea in their elegant and dog-friendly Drawing Room, I marked the date in my diary and organised the appropriate attire for Olly: a blue bow tie courtesy of Matt’s closet. It wasn’t long before the day arrived and so with the pitter patter of some very posh paws, we made our way over to London’s stylish Knightsbridge district to experience what it is like to have afternoon tea accompanied by your furry friend.
Like most places Olly ventures out to, he walked up to the five star establishment with a worrying familiarity; I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about what trouble he might find at the Egerton House. Would they discontinue their dog-friendly afternoon tea because of a badly behaved Border Collie? Would Olly startle the staff that surely were only used to hosting the most refined and well mannered of English dogs? Needless to say I was very wrong.
Sunlight pours into the Drawing Room where Victorian portraits adorn the walls and beautiful decor like the antique clocks match well with the original elements of the townhouse hotel. We met Emma as well as the darling Annie from MontgomeryFest blog and were greeted by staff with a welcome glass of Champagne. We opted for the traditional afternoon tea, a selection of traditional British finger sandwiches and pastries with freshly baked scones and clotted cream. Their selection of sweets did not disappoint; I enjoyed the blackberry macaroons and toffee caramel cupcake!
After accepting some free pets and initiating some flirtation with the lovely staff, Olly opted for the doggy afternoon tea menu which included three tiers of deliciousness: an assortment of chicken and beef meatloaf, peanut butter biscuits and ice cream. He was also gifted with a special chew toy to take home!
I’m not quite sure how the Egerton House manages to balance a refined elegance with its relaxed atmosphere but they do it so well. I’m completely smitten over the hotel and all of their charming staff that look after both their human and animal guests so well. We will be back soon!