In May London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel saw the opening of The Rosebery, an elegant tea room that oozes sophistication and class. As evening rolls in the tea room morphs into a champagne bar of the highest class. The tea room is a wonderful addition to the hotel’s two stars rated restaurants. The space the tea room occupies is the same space that held a tea room in the 1920s and is named in honour of Lord Rosebery.
A number of London’s most esteemed designers worked on the room, with no details neglected. The same group responsible for creating St. Pancras’ Booking Office Bar and London’s Northall, G&A Designs, were given the task of creating the modern, airy, atmosphere of The Rosebery. Large windows overlooking the plush Knightsbridge let in a huge amount of natural light that blends perfectly with the muted toned, green cushy chairs creating a garden like ambience. Nature is further accentuated by the specially designed etched glassware created by John Jenkins and the exquisite bird and butterfly decorated William Edwards china collection made especially for The Rosebery.
I was recently lucky enough to be invited to have afternoon tea in The Rosebery at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. The whole experience was truly enchanting. From the moment I entered staff were attentive and welcoming, even the music was relaxing and zen. I was fortunate to meet the Tea Master Ludovic who took me on a journey through many of the rare teas available, including ‘Golden Tips’, Mi Lan Dan Cong’, ‘Heart of Persia’, ‘Darjeeling First Flush’, and ‘Stauton Earl Grey’. While each had a unique and wonderful flavour my favourite was ‘Li-Shan’, which also happens to be Taiwan’s most celebrated high-grown oolong tea.
The tea presentation was excellent and served in The Rosebery’s exclusive china, which was beautifully decorated with coloured birds and flowers. Tastings were presented in twos with one light tasting tea contrasting with a tea that had a stronger flavour. Every tea had its own tantalising aroma and I enjoyed the taste of each one.
If you don’t like tea, you can still enjoy The Rosebery. In addition to the many tea varieties they serve, the ‘herbal’ and ‘spa’ infusions are delicious and there are many types of coffees to try. While I didn’t try it, the ‘Valrhona’ hot chocolate looked particularly tempting. Tea isn’t the only reason to visit the tea room. It also had a marvellous selection of sandwiches to nibble on while tasting the different teas. I found the freshly baked scones delicious and couldn’t resist one of the wild strawberry macaroons. The pasty choice was great with to many tempting options to pick just one.
My whole experience was wonderful. I left feeling full, satisfied, and looking forward to the time when I could visit again. I’d particularly like to spend an evening there tasting its collection of the very best champagnes.
The Rosery at Mandarin Oriental
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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