Afternoon Tea at The Montague on the gardens

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
There's nowhere better to savour a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea than The Montague, overlooking peaceful gardens in the heart of London. We are very proud to have received a commended award at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018.
We ensure we pay proper respect to its ritual while offering some intriguing variations on the original.
This summer enjoy al fresco dining on our Garden Terrace, a wonderful retreat in the heart of the city, where better to enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea, and perhaps a choice of tempting cocktails?

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  • 25% off Afternoon Tea at Montague on the Gardens

    £32.00 per person

    Aug 1 - Nov 12, 2021

    For a limited time only enjoy 25% off your afternoon tea experience at Montague on the Gardens. (£42.50 reduced to £32 per person) Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea, overlooking peaceful gardens in the heart of London or in the beautiful Leopard Bar. The Afternoon Tea includes a scrumptious selection of warmly baked plain and raisin scones, delicious cakes, and freshly hand-cut sandwiches including egg and mayo, smoked salmon, chicken, cucumber and cream cheese. Little Prince and Princess Tea is also available (£15.50 reduced to £12 per person)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 47 People Are Saying
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JamesC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We were seated inside in a run down and soulless dining room, and after asking if we could possibly move to the terrace which seemed slightly better we were told it was full. I would have left only my family had come all the way from Scotland and we didn’t have an alternative booking, but the ambiance was honestly dreadful.

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1of3
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very much enjoyed our afternoon tea. Staff were very welcoming, attentive and efficient. Good selection of everything …. Only slight criticism was of the scones and jam. The scones were rather dry and tasted like supermarket bought scones and the jam was not a quality jam and might have been nice if it had been a good quality strawberry jam.

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MartinF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The pastries were not of good quality the the scones as well. The price for the afternoon tea was too high, even considering the 25% discount through Opentable (there was a service charge of 12.5% on that amount
The ambient was beautiful

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BernieH
Essex
138 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First time visit to this London venue for afternoon tea. Elements of the food were really nice (e.g. salmon sandwich, egg sandwich, scones, carrot cake and panne cotta), others were very disappointing (particularly the other cakes). At the start we asked if we could have coffee instead of tea, were told we could but then ended up with an additional charge for doing so (not great). The service started off well but tailed off dramatically as the afternoon wore on and some of the servers changed. Although we had an offer on the afternoon teas we felt it was one of the poorer ones we have had and will not be making a repeat visit with so many other venues in London to choose from.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I took my mother here for her 50th, she had an amazing time. We had the bottomless afternoon tea, our glasses was never empty. The service was outstanding. The scenery was beautiful. Definitely, coming back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the afternoon tea. The staff was so kind and attentive. The afternoon tea comes with refills on any of the food items which was nice as well. I input my allergies online and they remembered them when I came to dine. Important note for me. Definitely worth the money and again, the staff being so nice was really what made it so good. Would recommend !

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vipIndre
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were so professional and welcoming. The balcony overlooking the gardens was so pretty. The afternoon tea was delicious and we could get refills of anything so we tried different tea. We were looked after by the lovely Isobella who was lovely to us. I would recommend this gem of a place.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friendly attentive staff in a quite nice setting however the food doesn’t come anywhere the price tag - too many of the cakes were nicely baked (light and fluffy) but far too bland in flavour. Shame.

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PrinceAryie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was lovely, the service was amazing! The room we were in wasn’t the most glamorous but it was covid restrictions and I believe the other rooms were closed! Go for the service and value!

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing time. It was a last minute booking and I’m so glad we did. Declan looked after us during our meal and we had the conservatory overlooking the gardens to ourselves. The service was outstanding, the food was amazing, the decor was full of character. I would have liked to have tried the safari afternoon tea however we booked last minute and 24 hours notice is needed.

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Marie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, attentive servers and delicious food (which you’re able to request more of free of charge). We did not feel rushed at all but we visited probably a little bit off season in the middle of the week. We used the 25% off discount promotion that was on when we visited. The location is a short walk from the British museum. I received a vegan food experience and my friend had regular tea. Both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and amazing customer service!👍 highly recommend

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful traditional tea time. Very pleasent atmosphere and very obliging service. I loved the Sweets!

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ChristinaK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice scones served in a piecefull garden with charming servants.

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JoshuaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon tea on the garden Had a great time.

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Haru
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The place was quiet and nice at the terrace. However, food quality was not as good as we expected. You can ask for the refill of the food but not tea! We were just given hot water, so we had to keep drinking diluted tea.

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Improvise4
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience while visiting from the States. Took a tour at the British Museum then walked to have tea and sandwiches. Atmosphere is wonderful, service splendid and food & sweets were tasty.

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vipShannon
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Afternoon tea was not tasty- pass on the safari, nothing special about it. Waiter was nice but the rest were a bit rude.

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Thea
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice tea. Cakes were ok. Sandwiches were very average. Lush, regal, 1950’s-esque decor and the place oozes vintage class though every so slightly dated but I guess that’s the look.

For £90, grossly overpriced for two and no additional recognition of the special event. Think £25-£35 ( the latter if the service was improved) each would have been a far more realistic / value for money experience. Service was ok, the lady serving us seemed rigid and not warm but I guess everyone’s different and maybe she was having a bad day.

Just that at that price bracket, you expect an impeccable service. The door staff however were lovely and most professional and warm.

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janetb
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed afternoon tea but did booked the terrace for special 60th birthday was disappointed we didn't get to sit there was offered indoor table which we accepted food was good

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vipKKraus
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I was disappointed to be squished into a table meant for for when we had reservations for five. I made reservations more than seven weeks ago and they were surprised and didn’t immediately find us on the reservation list. Therefore, they were made to sit in a table that was less than comfortable. Tea was lovely and food was tasty however

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LauraP
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really nice tea room with leopard wallpaper! The safari afternoon tea was great!

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Julia
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful place but very ordinary afternoon tea. Service slow and we waited more than 30min for the food to arrive. Selection of tea was quite limited too. I don't think it is a good value for money paid.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scones and tea!! A little pricey, but not absurd.

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HB18
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Such a cute tea room. Lovely selection of sandwiches and pastries. The afternoon tea is too much for one person so I’d advise sharing between 2.

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Itsirk17
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem for afternoon tea , lovely ambience and attentive staff . Food excellent for choice and quality. Conservatory and garden terraces an added bonus.

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leejiaw
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Ordered afternoon tea set. The tea was alright (Jasmine and Earl Grey), but food wasn't. Scones were fine, but cakes were alternately somewhat tasteless, or far too sweet and cloying. The sandwiches themselves were boring, tremendously average, not especially fresh. Terrace was quite pleasant, waiters were good, but took rather long to get things prepared, and not easy to get their attention.

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JacquelineM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff at the Montague were wonderful and accommodating, despite us arriving one hour later than our reservation due to a time zone mix-up on our part. Our family enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea: a nice selection of sandwiches, scones, and cakes along with enough tea to revive us for a late evening visit at the British Museum next door. The atmosphere was refined without being stuffy, and it turned out to be a perfect, relaxing way to start our London vacation. Even the jet-lagged kids in our group enjoyed the experience.

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HildeB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous. A wonderful experience. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Amazing environment, beautiful setting, but food could improve considering the price. It was very mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience of afternoon tea I've ever had in London! The staff is so patient, they bring the tea box for you to smell and choose which one you prefer. There are various kinds of tea, the dessert is not too sweet not too light, just about perfect. I have tried the high price afternoon tea not value for money at all, but this place I would recommend to my friends and will come back again.

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megmeg
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I used this place to afternoon tea with my friend.
Staff is very kind. The food was also very delicious.
I was very happy because my friend was pleased.

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PaulineB
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Lovely location, excellent service... but really, really hard to justify the price unless you are in an "all you can eat" kind of mood, in which case they'll keep serving whatever you like off the menu. I guess we just wanted a few sandwiches and bit of cake each, so that's all we had for £35 x 3.

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PeishanC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy everything.
We feel so cozy staying here.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicate tea room with good location.

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JensM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfull and quiet atmosphere. Just what we needed for an afternoon tea. Excellent service, - great staff.

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Snorky
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to the Montague to celebrate our daughter’s birthday and we were happy with our experience overall. The service was excellent and the food plentiful. The sandwiches were good and scones really lovely, unfortunately, the cakes were not particularly good. There was plenty of choice (7 in all I think) but we really only enjoyed 3 of them, sadly.
I have given the Montague 4 stars because of this but I do want to point out that overall, it was good value for money and the scones especially were excellent. They offer plenty more of everything, so my advice would be to have more scones and less cake!
Many thanks to the Montague for marking our daughters birthday with a little cake and candle!

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luv2dine
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter was thrilled with the attention she got from the staff as a birthday girl. The menu was perfect.

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stkyee
Osaka
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent scone! definitely enjoyed my afternoon tea there! high recommended!

FAQs

Afternoon Tea at The Montague on the gardens is rated 4 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.