A few months ago, I had bought a Groupon voucher £19 for afternoon tea for two at The Montcalm. It was expiring on 31st March so I was rapidly running out of time to use it!
So, I rang them during the week to see what time I could get in at the weekend – and the only time was apparently midday on Sunday. So I booked it and crossed my fingers that The Girl would behave herself so that I could take her for her first ever afternoon tea.
She was a very good girl on Saturday, so we woke up late on Sunday (well, clocks went forward!) and quickly made our way up to Marble Arch.
The Montcalm is a gorgeous boutiquey hotel, just off of Marble Arch, between Oxford Street and Bryanstone Square. On one of those many streets of its type in Central London, where you step off of the main road and enter a little idyllic world that you would never have realised was there if you weren’t looking for it.
The staff were all very friendly, completely prepared for the Groupon voucher (which is always a bonus!) and actually seemed to be extra professionally to The Girl, which really made her day.
We had our tea menu and I went for the house blend, which I always do. And then they delivered everything.
As you can see, unlike my TLSee Afternoon Tea @ The Howard last month, it was pretty minimalist.
The sandwiches were a lot lighter, and there were less of them (cheese & cucumber, ham, egg & cress), and again, we had half as many scones (one plain, one fruit), but they were light and yummy. The little cakey bits were gorgeous little bites of loveliness – and nothing like the heavier cakier ones that I’ve had before.
The Girl thoroughly enjoyed it all and did a bloody good job of being ladylike, which I was most impressed with, until the moment she happily chomped down on the chocolatey-topped cake and dicovered to her horror that it was actually coffee flavoured buttercream inside.
Oh how I laughed. she was very discreet, and just handed over the rest of it to me – which was great as coffee cakes are lush, and there’s not enough of them in the world which haven’t been tainted with walnuts! i gave her half my macaroon, so she was happy then 🙂
All in all, a far lighter afternoon tea, lovely surroundings, perfect as a pit-stop if you’re shopping on Oxford Street and don’t want to be weighed down after eating too much cake!