If you have been a long time reader of the blog you will know I love my afternoon tea. So when I realised that I hadn’t actually been for one this year I had to quickly rectify the situation. Luckily for me I had just received an invite in my inbox to try out Afternoon Tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Long Room within the Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground is where members of the club would watch the cricket, so it’s not somewhere you would normally have access to. And if you want to join as a member there is just a twenty-nine year waiting list, that’s after your three recommendations from a previous member and so this was quite an experience to be invited into the member’s club. There is also a dress code, jacket and tie for gents and smart for the ladies. It was nice to dress up and have a true English Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea has two sittings at Lord’s Cricket Ground, we were the first sitting at 1.30pm and I think the later sitting is around 4pm. The Long Room has tall windows that give such a fantastic view over the ground and the walls are lined with paintings, it just has such a grand feel and is a lovely setting for afternoon tea. As we took our seats there was a string quartet playing in the corner, which just added to the ambience.
We started off with a glass of champagne, there are options of champagne tea or just tea and if you go for the tea option, there was a menu of drinks and champagnes, so I think you can upgrade with a lovely bottle of bubbly if you so desired.
I opted for a fresh mint tea and Danny Assam tea to compliment our food. The food arrived quickly and there was a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and cakes including a sponge cake and macaroon. One thing I liked about our afternoon tea was that Lord’s clearly know what they are doing here. Everything ran so smoothly and quickly and as you pay upfront for your tickets, they know exactly what you want so there isn’t much waiting around. I’d also recommend stating any allergies or dietary requirements beforehand, we had let the club know of Danny’s fish allergies before and it was no problem at all. There is also attention to detail with the Lord’s branded crockery.
We both enjoyed the food and took our time, ready for the next part of our experience at Lord’s, the tour. Floating around the room was John our tour guide for anyone who had any questions but after food we headed into the bar area to meet with John and get ready for our quick tour of the Pavilion and MCC Museum. We were shown into the changing rooms, where we learnt some interesting facts. For someone like me who has no knowledge of cricket, I actually enjoyed hearing the stories and was great to have a peek inside. The museum is where the original version of the Ashes are held and also plenty of memorabilia for cricket fans, including randomly Mark Ramprakash Strictly Come Dancing jacket.
I had a great afternoon at Lord’s and would definitely recommend it for a different afternoon tea experience in London, also a perfect Christmas present for any cricket fans.
Afternoon Tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground is priced at £56 or £67 with a glass of Champagne. The next tea is the festive Afternoon tea on December 1oth then normal service on February 25th and March 11th.
Buy tickets at www.lords.org.