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Afternoon Tea at The Gore

3.9
3.9
44 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

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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  • Area

    Kensington

  • Parking Details

    We do not have a car park at the Gore Hotel; there are parking meters on Queen's Gate, costing £4.40 per hour with a maximum stay of 4 hrs. Parking After 6:30pm is free on parking meters and a single yellow line until 08:30am the following day Monday to Saturday and free on Sunday’s.

  • Public Transit

    Closest tube stations are South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) and High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking

Menu

£35 per person

Savoury

  • The Woodstock - Chipolata Hot Dog

    In reference to 1969's iconic Woodstock music festival

    • The 'Popping' Stones - Paprika Popcorn

      An homage to the legendary Rolling Stones and their link to The Gore Hotel

      • Queens of Noise - Smoked Salmon Sandwich & Chilli and Avocado Sandwich

        Paying tribute to the boundary breaking 1970s all-female band, The Runaways

        Sweet

        • Goodbye Ziggy - Lightning Bolt Chocolate Cake

          Referring to 1973 when David Bowie killed his Ziggy Stardust character in favour of his lightning bolt-sporting Aladdin Sane persona

          • The Lizard King - 'Pint' of Mango and Chocolate Mousse

            An homage to The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison's alter ego and particularly, Bobby Klein's 1967 photograph of Morrison having a beer for breakfast

            • Whisky a Go Go - Mini Madeleine with Whiskey Ganache and Chocolate Heart

              A tribute to Sunset Boulevard's nightclub of the same name, which has held a key place in rock 'n' roll history since its opening in 1964

              • Sweet 'choux' O' Mine - Choux Pastry Filled with Raspberry Cream and Topped with a Chocolate Guitarist

                Paying homage to Guns N' Roses' 1988 hit track Sweet Child O' Mine

                • Under Pressure - Sultana Scones & Vanilla Scones

                  Referring to Queen and David Bowie's iconic pairing on the 1981 hit song

                  Teas

                  • English Breakfast Tea

                    Our English Breakfast Tea is cultivated organically and is a blend of Assam and Sumatran teas which produces a lovely, dark infusion with a malty spiciness

                    • Afternoon Tea

                      Also known as the 'High Noon' tea, it has a particularly lovely aromatic flowery taste. It is blended with long leaf teas from Darjeeling and Ceylon and is ideal with scones and cakes

                      • Earl Grey

                        One of the most widely drunk teas in the world, this is a blend of Chinese black tea and essential oil of bergamot which creates that beautiful aroma

                        • Chamomile Tea

                          Chamomile is widely drunk as an aid to calming nerves, and relieving pain in the digestive system. Traditionally it has been known to ease cold and flu symptoms with its flowery citrus flavour

                          Last updated: 6 August 2021

                          What 44 people are saying

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                          3.9
                          3.9 based on all time ratings
                          • 3.9Food
                          • 4Service
                          • 3.9Ambience
                          • 3.5Value

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                          1. SC

                            SianC

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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

                          2. RP

                            RosieP

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 1 February 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          3. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Cincinnati

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            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.

                          4. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 7 December 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          5. D

                            David

                            London

                            6 reviews

                            5.0

                            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.

                          6. SM

                            SpecsM

                            London

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          7. AF

                            AndreaF

                            London

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            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!

                          8. MF

                            MarinaF

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            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.

                          9. JK

                            JaykiranK

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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.

                          10. KB

                            KristenB

                            Washington DC

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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.

                          11. KD

                            KimberleyD

                            London

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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.

                          12. AC

                            AmandaC

                            Hertfordshire

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          13. AG

                            AlexandraG

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            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

                          14. NF

                            NikkiF

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          15. PC

                            PaulaC

                            London

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            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!

                          16. H

                            Hama92

                            London

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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! :)

                          17. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          18. JG

                            JoeriG

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            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.

                          19. SS

                            SkuliS

                            Phoenix

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 November 2018

                            overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                          20. V

                            Vicki

                            London

                            3 reviews

                            2.0

                            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.

                          21. CY

                            CongarY

                            London

                            70 reviews

                            5.0

                            70 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!

                          22. S

                            Sophie

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          23. GF

                            GillianF

                            London

                            2 reviews

                            2.0

                            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!

                          24. BF

                            BenjaminF

                            Minneapolis

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            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.

                          25. T

                            Tra2

                            London

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            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

                          26. MM

                            MeghanM

                            Charleston

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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

                          27. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 September 2017

                            overall4food3service3ambience3

                            Servers could be more informative

                          28. SB

                            SallyB

                            London

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 27 August 2017

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Perfect for our special Mothers In Law champagne afternoon tea!

                          29. JD

                            JennyD87

                            Birmingham

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            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!

                          30. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Buckinghamshire

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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

                          31. FD

                            FromDenmark

                            Miami - Dade

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 3 June 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          32. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            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.

                          33. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            4 reviews

                            2.0

                            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.

                          34. R

                            Ralph

                            London

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            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.

                          35. T

                            Tracey

                            London

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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

                          36. T

                            Tony

                            London

                            18 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            18 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.

                          37. DE

                            DavidEm

                            Bristol

                            6 reviews

                            3.0

                            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.

                          38. DS

                            DennisS

                            Cincinnati

                            7 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            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.

                          39. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 3 December 2016

                            overall3food3service2ambience1

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

                          40. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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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                          Afternoon Tea at The Gore is rated 3.9 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

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                          Google Map for Afternoon Tea at The Gore

                          190 Queen's Gate London, SW7 5EX

                          • Area

                            Kensington

                          • Hours of Operation

                            Daily 12:30–17:00

                          • Cuisines

                            British, Afternoon Tea

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Dining

                          • Dress Code

                            Smart Casual

                          • Parking Details

                            We do not have a car park at the Gore Hotel; there are parking meters on Queen's Gate, costing £4.40 per hour with a maximum stay of 4 hrs. Parking After 6:30pm is free on parking meters and a single yellow line until 08:30am the following day Monday to Saturday and free on Sunday’s.

                          • Public Transit

                            Closest tube stations are South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) and High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines)

                          • Payment Options

                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive Chef

                            Daniel Galmiche

                          • Additional

                            Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking

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