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★★★☆☆

“Disappointing Afternoon Tea”

Written on: 13/05/2019 by Shaynap273 (1 review written)

On Sunday 12 May, I attended the Ivy Cafe, Richmond with four friends to celebrate a 50th birthday.
Two of us had Afternoon Tea, three had the Cream Tea.
I found the Afternoon Tea a bit disappointing. The 'sweets' were pretty good but the 'savouries' could definitely have been better.
The truffled chicken brioche was delicious; the marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich was a bit 'pappy' - stodgy and bland; the smoked salmon on the rye bread was a bit dried out in that way it can be when it has been left out, uncovered, for too long. The chocolate and salted caramel mousse was delicious and beautifully presented; the teeny, tiny raspberry cheesecake was delicious but the creme brulee doughnut was flavourless with too little filling.
The scones were delicious but with quite a crispy bottom and not being very 'tall' it was tricky to split them to fill with cream and jam without them crumbling all over the place. The amount of cream provided for three scones for the Cream Tea was a bit on the mean side and we were charged for extra cream when it was requested.
We ordered two Champagne Afternoon Teas and two friends ordered Prosecco with their Cream Teas. Four glasses of fizz duly arrived and the waiter did not ask who was having Champagne and who was having Prosecco - I think it was all Prosecco. Nice enough, but not as advertised.
The staff were friendly and professional; the restaurant itself was comfortable and attractive.
So, although it wasn't awful it was really not much better than average on the whole.
All a bit disappointing when we had selected that venue for a big treat.
My advice would be not to bother with the Afternoon Tea - the Cream Tea is much better value and the scones did at least taste good.

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