Afternoon Tea at The Gore

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The Gore Hotel in London is pleased to launch it’s latest afternoon tea inspired by the vibrancy of the Rock ‘n’ Roll age. Available from 26th June, the unique afternoon tea experience, designed in partnership with luxury event planners La Fête, draws on the inspiration of legendary artists from the popular music genre including The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and David Bowie among others. With its vibrant flair, The Gore Hotel, founded in 1892 and located by The Royal Albert Hall, has always had a very special connection with rock ‘n’ roll since 1968, when the Rolling Stones picked the hotel for the launch party of their Beggars Banquet album. The décor of The Gore’s Bar 190 still pays homage to the event.

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SianC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

One of the cakes was very very hard and stale so was not pleasant to eat. All other cakes were very nice. However they had obviously been kept in the fridge and gone soggy In places . However the scones were amazing. Best scones I have ever eaten. Unfortunately I was told on the phone that a gluten free menu was available (not afternoon tea) but when we arrived the only thing available was fries, the lady did not understand what I meant by gluten free So 2 of us had afternoon tea whilst the 3rd person had fries and if we had known we would of gone elsewhere. We do not expect everyone to cater for allergies hence why we called first. It was ok but nothing more. Staff very friendly

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RosieP
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and welcoming
Food was lovely and was a lovely hotel
Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

While the hotel itself is lovely and steeped in music history, the photos of the rock and roll brunch were far more appealing online than in reality. Food was mediocre and not as fun as the photos they advertised. As for service, at times we were the only ones In the restaurant. Still, no one came by to check on us after our food was delivered. Not once. For the price, have a proper tea at a traditional tea house.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful and perfectly prepared afternoon tea. We had wonderful time.

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David
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a Rock and Roll themed tea made relevant because of the Gore's connection with the Rolling Stones. Good selection of teas, sandwiches - they were unusual and all delicious, scones- they were light and fluffy and came with a selection of jams and clotted cream, cakes - they were all imaginative and very tasty. Overall, a very pleasant way to spend and afternoon and I'd recommend it.

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PiaM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A fabulous idea for a theme and a great hotel but I wasn’t impressed. The service was slow and we were left waiting to order our teas for a good 10 minutes. Asking for refills or the bill was also really slow, despite being pretty much the only customers. Food didn’t seem freshly made, sandwiches and scones were dry, and there was so many sweet things to eat but hardly anything savoury that even the most sweet toothed person in our group started to feel a bit sick.

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AndreaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Gore is a truly lovely hotel & bar/restaurant, with a distinct classic vibe to it, and with the added twist of some genuine Rock&Roll history they seem to both cherish and enhance.
The "R&R Afternoon Tea" is a delicious combination of excellent quality sandwiches, mini-treats, sweets and teas, served with some really tasteful music stars themed decoration. Moreover, the feeling is underlined by the excellent background music selection - no aggressive Top40 radio or bland elevator muzak instrumentals playing here, it's all well chosen classic rock great songs (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc)!
The only minor downfall was that the restaurant/tea room was a bit overbusy with the otherwise super kind and classy staff coming & going and having what appeared to be staff meetings & chats behind the bar area.
The prices, in case you wondered, are 5 star - just like the hotel is!

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MarinaF
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

vERY FILLING!! But fun and a different kind of Afternoon Tea. You must like sweet foods and the scones were perfect.

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JaykiranK
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was good and the food was well presented and tasted great, I liked how the menu Offered more dessert items for the afternoon tea rather than focusing on savoury items.

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KristenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a fun experience for our family! We were blown away by the customer service and presentation of food/tea during the afternoon rock 'n roll tea. The staff was extremely accommodating - we ended up getting there early on a rainy day and instead of sending us back out into the elements, they set up early for us without any hesitation. The food was delicious, the tea was perfect and my family and I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a fun themed tea in London.

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KimberleyD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This afternoon tea is incredible. A beautiful presentation of the food, friendly service and very delicious food. Whe had a very lovely afternoon.

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AmandaC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Lovely food but too much sweet and not enough savoury! 2 sandwiches each not enough, 6 sweet items too much. Overall too expensive for what it was.

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AlexandraG
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

It was not as good as i expected from a place like that and not at all worth the price. I was very disappointed

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NikkiF
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I thought I had booked a Winnie the Pooh themed afternoon tea, as I had found it online and thought this would be perfect for my daughters birthday treat. When we arrived it appeared not to be and when I questioned it, the gentleman knew nothing about it. My booking did say afternoon tea so I couldn't argue, I should have checked and queried when I booked it online. The afternoon tea was lovely, although not great for my 12 year old, who didn't like most of the sandwiches. The cakes were lovely with lot's of choice but the scones were doughy in the middle. I ordered water for my daughter without checking the price. £5.00 for a bottle of water???? Plus the £8.00 service charge, it came to£73.00 for afternoon tea for myself and my 12 year old who hardly touched it. I definitely would not recommend due to this. I know £30 ahead is average for afternoon tea, but I thought I was getting something more suitable for my daughter which I would have been happy to pay for. Had I of known, there is no way I would have booked it, and no way I would have ordered a bottle of water at £5.00. Whilst the service was fine they didn't do much and we were the only ones there, so no atmosphere. I can't fault the restaurant, staff or food apart from the doughy scones. It was just a very lot of money, and I left feeling disappointed and ripped off.

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PaulaC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A little bit of a wait for our afternoon tea, but it was well worth it! The food was fabulous and the service was great. Thank you!

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Hama92
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely venue, good location. Very quiet - we were the only ones there for a while. Would recommend! :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hotel, look and atmosphere are truly stunning. Tea, scones and desserts were great, however, sandwiches are same as in Tesco. Waiter did not have any knowledge of what he was serving, so our tea pots were messed up among 5 people and we ended up exchanging them between us. Had to ask for jams... finally paid around £250 for 3 adults and 2 children. Strongly disagree that 3 pieces of Tesco sandwiches, a pot of tea and a few desserts per person should cost that much.

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JoeriG
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very helpfull and nice staff. Quiet environment. Strange that it was not more populair on that Friday afternoon before NewYear.

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SkuliS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful romantic setting and beautiful place. Great afternoon tea time.

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Vicki
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Gorgeous food, but it felt like they’d never catered for an afternoon tea before. We were the only guests and didn’t get much attention, no drinks orders until asked, not asked throughout meal. We were asked to make room on the table for the food as they had no space to place it, but the only items on the table were the ones they’d set. The barman was very helpful and friendly, we had a lovely drink in the bar side before hand. And the gentleman who served us during tea was very pleasant, but it just didn’t feel relaxing.

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CongarY
London
69 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing was too much trouble! The chef prepared some special nut free items at the last minute which were delicious ambience and food and a lovely range of teas. Highly recommended!

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were the only people there so no atmosphere. Was not offered more sandwiches had to ask for more tea. Had a glass of champagne which they charged us £15 for each glass was not offered a top up at all. They also charged for the water. Was not made to feel special at all. I was reall disappointed as I work really hRd for my money and the bill came to £106 as service was added. Feel really sad.

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GillianF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The afternoon tea was disappointing. Sandwiches were basic. Scones were crisp like a digestive biscuit. Previous day's bake reheated? Jams were in jars that can be bought at any supermarket. I would have expected home made at that calibre of hotel. The speciality teas were named after famous actresses i.e. Judy Garland. We asked if she had stayed at the hotel (she had). The waitress didn't know. The pots of tea were brought to the table but we weren't told which was which as we had a different tea each. It was teabags not loose tea. This was our 27th afternoon tea in and around London. It rated pretty low. As we left we asked about Daniel Galmiche (The michelin starred chef at the hotel). The concierge didn't know who he was but, offered to check the staff rota to see if he worked there. Really!

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BenjaminF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The tea selection was also excellent. Couldn't be happier with this Afternoon tea experience.

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Tra2
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were looking for an afternoon experience and were disappointed no atmosphere service poor to many sweet things could of done with another savoury and a service charge we didn’t really want pay as the whole experience was poor

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MeghanM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for afternoon tea. The staff is very attentive and they offer a wide variety of tea. I definitely will be coming back here next time I visit London

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Servers could be more informative

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SallyB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for our special Mothers In Law champagne afternoon tea!

JD
JennyD87
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service everyone was so friendly in the whole hotel. Food was great will be back again and maybe to stay over next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The staff were very friendly, but the scones were very over cooked, the cakes weren't nice either. The building was covered in scaffolding so it was very disappointing

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FromDenmark
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very english , very friendly , very cozy and outstanding service !!
We'll be back :-)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to enjoy afternoon tea. Great decor, relaxed atmosphere. Went midweek, so was quiet. Staff were efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The staff were very pleasant and attentive. The food was below average, expected a lot better from such an established venue.

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Ralph
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gore is such a fantastic location in the heart of London. This has been my third visit so far and I plan to come back again and again.
Fantastic service from the team who have recognised me and my party on all our visits so far.

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Tracey
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Location was great. Food was ok. Service was poor. Food was put in table no follow up to see if we were ok. When we asked for more tea, waitress gave us a glare and sighed . Restaurant was due to close at 5pm. From 4.15pm there was just 2 of us left. 3 waiters came to hover around table preparing tables for evening, switched off the music and kept looking at their watches. Very unwelcoming and we will not return

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vipTony
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quality of the service was very good. Enjoyed a few good hours in their where the staff were helpful in every shape of the way.

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DavidEm
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Table and ambience was very nice however the afternoon tea was only mediocre. Lots of it, almost too much I'd say but nothing extra special. We had pre-warned that one guest was gluten free however the waiter appeared very surprised and said he'd have to see what the chef could do. Staff were not very attentive and didn't ask once if everything was ok. We were not offered any drinks other than tea and for the price, we didn't feel that we'd had anything memorable; just a normal, plain afternoon tea, which was slightly disappointing.

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vipDennisS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had reserved for noon but they were unprepared for us. Recovered quickly and had a grand time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience1

- the waitress was not attentive.
- playing weird music with a combination of calvin harris and jazz.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I had a lovely afternoon tea with friends here, but the hotel failed to wow me as expected. The room in which tea was served was a bit dark and we had to turn lights on ourselves and music initially was quite loud. Despite our reservation and specifically stating that we were there for afternoon tea the staff did not seem prepared for that at all. If you asked for something they were attentive, but otherwise they were mostly absent, or doing other things, like quite loudly cleaning cutlery or at least not actively serving tea. There was lots of food and generally it was nice, but the sandwiches were not freshly cut and the scones were a bit dry. A nice tea, but I expected more from this.

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