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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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
13 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
1 review
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
21 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
4 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.

JM
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
3 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!

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vipSindy
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for an afternoon tea spot that seemed casual and a lovely environment at the same time. The spa was perfect for us. The service was excellent and the food was perfect. These might've been the best scones that I've ever eaten and the sandwiches and pastries be lovely too.for afternoon tea I would recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tea and wonderful service! I can't wait to go back. Very elegant restaurant and servers are very helpful with explaining everything.

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vipEric
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. It was a very beautiful setting for afternoon tea. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

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ENOS531
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

it was a nice welcoming atmosphere. the sandwiches are not only classical but nice twist in there and the cakes, as well. we had a refreshed tea and another plates of sandwiches but all inclusive! they said that as well as cakes we will be able to have another plate. it was a good time with nice service. it would be also nice to get there in Summer sitting outsite in the garden! we shall be there again in the summer! many thanks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend in for her birthday dinner. The food was as amazing as it was on my first trip there and this is my 5th time there.
I don't know how they do such great things in that tiny kitchen. Cocktail are inventive and truly delicious. Wonderful place.

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OpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Beautiful hotel, lovely food. Good selection of tea, and they brought a box before we ordered so we could smell the difference, which was a good idea.
Only problem was that all except one staff seemed impatient, and no one was really tending us (we were on the balcony with another group, at some point both tables wet out of food nd water and we had to go find someone).

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Upon initial arrival Service was grand, people staff were very attentive and friendly, a lovely lady offered to take our coats and then brought the ticket to the table, another a woman quickly came over to explain the tea's and let us smell each, a timer was given to us to then properly brew our tea to perfection. The tea sandwiches came out, the bread was slightly stale, and not very nice. At that same time our scones were brought, this meant that they were cold by the time we finished our sandwhiches. The desserts were well presented, but too sweet to eat (and this is coming from someone who has a sweet tooth ;)

I think whilst we were eating there was a shift change in staff? It took 20 minutes for us to get new staffs attention to pay, and infact we had to get up and go into the other room to ask for our bill. Once we paid we asked her for our coats, she rudely rolled her eyes as if we were causing her great inconveiniences- sighed, said sure, grabbed the receipt and promptly returned with our coats. It was a very awkward experience. Maybe they were short staffed, but having worked in hospitality I consider it very rude and unprofessional to treat guests this way.

Maybe I have been spoiled, having been to places such as The Langham, The Ritz, and Sketch for high tea... but the reviews I had read online for the montague on the gardens did not match up to the unsatisfactory experience which we had.

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Afternoon Tea at The Montague on the gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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