Afternoon Tea at The Gilbert Scott Bar

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Join us for afternoon tea delights in our beautiful bar, with homemade sweet and savoury British classics that are sure to please.


Classic afternoon tea - scones, sweet treats and savouries with your choice of tea
£35.00


Champagne afternoon tea - scones, sweet treats, sandwiches and a glass of Gosset 'Brut Excellence' Champagne
£47.00


(£51 with a glass of 2012 Gusbourne Rosé Kent / West Sussex


Temperance Afternoon Tea- scones, sweet treats, sandwiches and a glass of Green Lady sparkling green tea
£40.00


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Warriorgal
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for afternoon tea. The food and the ambiance were wonderful, as was the hostess.

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Mark
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic venue for afternoon tea. Food was lovely, although having visited here about a year the food was pretty much the same. Note they have recently employed some chiefs who don't know to cook a scone as mine had to be returned. Good atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Trying to leave the venue to pay could have been quicker, as they seemed more interested on getting food out for the new arrivals.

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AlisonH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My mum and I visited for afternoon tea on a Saturday. The interior is beautiful and we had a lovely time. The staff were attentive and polite and I was pleased to receive a call a few days before our visit to confirm the details of our booking, originally made via the internet. The food was delicious and it was interesting to have a bit of variety in the from of sliders and sausage roll segments alongside the more traditional finger sandwiches. Would definitely recommend and would go back there myself.

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Loraine
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Pictures on the Website look a lot nicer than the experience you get when you are actually there. The venue needs a touch-up. Service was friendly and the afternoon tea scones and Sandwiches were okay, but nothing special. Definitely not recommendable if you are looking for a memorable afternoon tea experience in London.

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a special afternoon tea then this is a very lovely venue to choose. We had a wonderful time. Thank you.

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lilly
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

When we arrived the table was already set. However one of the tea cups (out of three) had coffee stains on it and one of the glasses (out of three) had lipstick marks on it. The tea itself was ok, nothing special and very tasty. An ok variety of sandwiches and a scone. The jam they had was rhubarb and it wasn't very nice. The desserts included a macaroon which was too sweet and a poppy seed cake which was ok.

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SophiaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the Afternoon Tea with my husband. The savory part you get two of plates of. It is a bit pricey but it does fill you up so I'm okay with that and so yum! We will have to go back again next time we are in London for the drinks.

The decor is beautiful and you get a chance to go through St. Pancras Hotel which is worth seeing. The staircase is gorgeous.

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CrouchEnder
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The savoury bites with this champagne afternoon tea were particularly delicious and replenished many times - we only stopped eating them to save room for the cakes. Extremely friendly and welcoming staff, we felt very comfortable and had a superb, relaxed, happy afternoon.

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emmam
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was nice. I wouldn't say that it was exceptional though and possibly not reflective of the price. The setting is stunning which did not disappoint. The service was fairly slow which is perfect if you just want to spend a slow afternoon there. They were not busy so a better service would have been expected. The staff were very friendly and professional but unfortunately we had to prompt them for more tea and water. I probably wouldn't go back which is a shame as I had heard such good things

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SamM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Hello,

I booked this for my nans birthday, and my partner went with her, however being disabled and not being able to walk very well she had trouble getting into the restaurant, and then later when needing the bathroom couldn’t go because it was to many flights of stairs, it despite this she said she had a lovey time and the food was great so thank you :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Easter Sunday afternoon tea at the St. Pancras was fun.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Took my mother here for a late mothers day gift before I leaving to go back to Canada. Very good staff. First we got there to find out the heating was not working, then got the afternoon tea sandwiches were good that's were it stopped the scones were under baked yet close to burn ton the outside. The waiter was great and offered desserts from the alacart but we didn't want any. After the mini deserts weren't the best we have had. Shame thought this place was going to be very good but turned out to be quite disappointing. Again great waiting staff sorted things very quick.

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EmmaP
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was such a nice afternoon tea. It's in such a great area and the hotel is absolutely gorgeous. I would highly recommend. Plus you could try multiple types of tea and they didn't rush you which was great.

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MelN
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went for Afternoon Tea to celebrate my partner's birthday and had a wonderful time.

The dining room is very beautiful and impressive with it's high ceilings, but still inviting and not too imposing. The staff were attentive and very friendly without being overbearing. They were also knowledgable about the drinks and tea selection and able to provide good recommendations.
The sandwiches were delicious (I had the vegetarian option), and the scones and homemade jam were also excellent. Sandwiches and tea were refilled as well! You can try different types of tea if you want or get refills of your original choice.

All in all a very good experience, would most certainly recommend - it's also more affordable than the more famous/traditional London afternoon teas like Claridge's, Savoy, Browns, yet you will still receive excellent food and service and definitely get your money's worth.

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TracyP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It could have been very good if not for the disappointing service, we have been to a fair few hotel afternoon teas and this was by far the least value for money. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were all on the same holder - very small portions and no one said to us we could ask for more - but we did ask for more sandwiches anyway as we had always been offered more in other places so assumed this would be the same - especially at £35 per head, but it took soooo long to get them, the servers should have been there asking if we wanted anything else, not waiting until we asked and then taking 10 mins or more to get them to us - it was the same with the tea - we had to keep asking. Overall the quality of the food was ok - the roast beef sandwiches and the sausage rolls were the best. I wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Lovely room but disappointed in the dry unimaginable sandwiches but very nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant Afternoon Tea. One guest was diabetic and they catered specially for them. The staff were amazing, helpful, attentive and very nice. The young man who mainly served us was delightful and friendly. We cannot praise the whole experience enough.

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EmmaT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Excellent service, made to feel special. Wonderful surroundings but possibly due to the cost, quite empty on a Saturday lunch time & then the food...I really like Marcus Wearing & was expecting amazing, I got M&S picnic for £78 for two. Sad :(

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CenareEvita
London
30 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a favourite place to go for Afternoon Tea in the fabulous surroundings
The tasty food matches the ambience. Attentive service & if it's not on the menu just ask... Recommend the Temperance afternoon tea and also the Seasonal one.

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meerkatdiner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good but not particularly interesting or higher quality than other afternoon teas to warrant price - felt to be a winter theme but that ended with very similar flavours across the cakes. Sandwiches individually well done but again lacked any point of interest.

Service was very polite but there was a problem in the kitchen which wasn’t explained until we chased several times. They gave us glass of champagne as recompsense which was appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Gilbert Scott Bar is a stunning room, and the waiters could not have been much more helpful, paying attention to a gluten-free guest and refilling the sandwiches. Reserved table was waiting for us.

The food is good, but perhaps not as spectacular as the location. Sliders were a tad greasy, and the desserts weren't as opulent as I might have expected. A little chocolate morsel was best of them, extremely rich and adult. Perhaps I expect too much from an afternoon tea, even from Marcus Waring?

Many of the other guests were there I think for drinks, pre-going out, and that seems a great way of enjoying this space. Enjoy a cocktail in what may be the grandest room outside of the Brighton Pavilion...

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, WONDERFUL service, tasty afternoon tea servings. A little disappointed with the clotted cream (bottled and flat tasting), but everything else was great. Our servers were warm and eager.

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ChrisL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was a little disappointed with the afternoon tea. I have previously had it in the main foyer of the St Pancras hotel several years ago and the quality of the food was much better then as well as the service. When the bar phoned me to confirm the booking I was asked whether it was a special occasion and said that it was for my friend's 40th and was told that there would be a little acknowledgement of this, which is a really nice gesture...but it didn't happen. I think it's better not to offer this if it is going to get forgotten about. The sandwiches were quite nice but the mango/mousse dessert was a little unusual and I would generally say that the quality of the desserts are not as good as elsewhere for a similar cost. I would not recommend this to people as I think you can get better elsewhere, such a shame as the Bar is lovely itself it had been really fantastic when i went previously to this hotel for another celebration... but not sure if it is the same company running the two areas which may explain the difference.

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vipceaedinburgh
London
106 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We went in June and recently returned in October. I didn't think the food was as fresh as last time and the bread for some of the savouries wasn't so nice. One of the reasons we returned was the variety of breads used rather than the standard sliced bread with crusts cut off. We also had to ask them to change our chairs (no backs) and waited ages for extra jam and cream. The waitress also brought me the wrong tea. I think they were under-staffed or the staff were lacking in experience. It was a lovely afternoon and the surroundings are fabulous but next time we might try somewhere different.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

As far as traditional, English afternoon tea goes: a total let-down. The sandwiches appeared to be not freshly made, dry edges and slightly discoloured fillings were not that appetising. The selection of savoury and sweet foods was all in all underwhelming. The tea was in bags, rather than loose, forget the idea of a sniff box. The waitress, although sweet and friendly, did not even know what a sniff box is. As far as food and tea quality are concerned it was sadly totally underwhelming, and we have had better in much more modest price categories. The setting however is spectacular. The service was good, with friendly, attentive waiting staff. The Riesling was lovely, and I'd go back there simply for the setting. Some of the cocktails I saw people have looked really nice, but I'd never go there again for afternoon tea. Very disappointed, as it was a special birthday treat for a good friend who adores traditional afternoon tea, and was polite enough not to show her disappointment too much.

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Melissa
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. High chair was ready as requested when we arrived. Attentive but not overly fussy service. Friendly staff. Second afternoon tea here. Absolutely beautiful room on the corner of the beautiful building. Walk through the main entrance and head left for a look at the stunning sweeping staircase on the way to the restaurant!

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Pavel
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Afternoon tea is good. The tea selection is not very wide but the quality is solid. Sandwiches and sweets are also not spectacular but quite filling and tasty. No complaints on the service with Istvan doing a particularly good job.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Afternoon tea - unbelievably slow service of the food, we had to prompt three times to get the two servings of (very bog standard, for £35pp) sandwiches. Took so long that before the second serving arrived, we were actually told we would have to move table or leave soon as there was another booking coming in. It had been two hours since we arrived and an hour since the first plate of sandwiches (we'd given up waiting and just got on with the desserts).
Staff were mostly pretty friendly and helpful.
A shame as it's a great room and the actual tea itself was lovely. But if you're doing afternoon tea, go elsewhere.

CC
ChaCha1977
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The venue is stunning but for the money, the service was average and the food was poor. I had vegetarian sandwiches which were all served on cheap white bread slathered in butter and each one only had one ingredient inside. They were bland and disappointing.

The scone was dry and the jam too sharp. In fairness, some of the sweets were okay and the champagne was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience, beautiful surroundings, careful and considerate service. A wonderful afternoon tea with excellent savouries and delicious cakes. They were ready with our dietary requirements, polite, efficient and friendly. Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Tea was disappointing. At this price you expect your restaurant to know how to make pot of tea - fresh tealeaves please, not tea bags! We were provided with a small pot between two, and refills, tho offered and supplied, were just more hot water. Also surprised to be charged £1.50 for a glass of still water, without being forewarned. Food was acceptable without being really good, and too heavy on sweet things for my taste. For anything other than a peek inside this wonderful building, go elsewhere.

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vipDuck21
London
38 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were not wowed by the afternoon tea here, sadly. For the hefty price tag, We would have liked to have seen:
- bigger teapots with fresh tea, not small chipped teapots with teabags
- an assortment of jams with the scones, not just one scone and one jam
- attentive table service, not waiters who seem more interested in cleaning than asking how we were or taking finished items away
- more exciting cakes, for a grand old venue, perhaps the pastry chef could think of more of a theme? E.g . Trains, travel, the destinations reached from St. Pancras? While the sweets were nice, they were a little uninspired

The best thing about the meal was a tiny sliver of sausage roll!

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vipceaedinburgh
London
106 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tasty savoury and sweet items. Not too sweet, good variety and we were all given a second layer of savouries!

M
Mark
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue with wonderful architecture. Staff are very friendly and make sure all of your needs are catered for. Food was really nice, especially the scone and the mini Bakewell tart. Would definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience5

I've been to a lot of afternoon teas and this one was uninspired. From the bog standard crockery to the tea bags.
I would say pay the extra £20 and go to claridges.

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nitsirK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Afternoon Tea food was really poor. Dry, lifeless tea sandwiches and cold hard scones.

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ChantalH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for afternoon tea. The staff were exceptional, very friendly and accommodating. The portion of food for the afternoon tea is plenty, we had the Sparkling Green Tea which was a nice change. The savouries are nice with a mix of sandwiches, mini roast beef burgers and sausage rolls, lovely scones and lots of sweets to pick from. And all inside the beautiful St Pancras station building. Highly recommend.

BB
BeepBeep
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Although our food was delayed, we were apologised to before we had to chase them and we're also given a further complimentary plate of savoury foods for afternoon tea. Food was delicious. My only criticism is that the scones were on the dry, hard side but everything else was Devine. The building is beautiful and the windows let great light in. At £29pp I'd say this was the best value afternoon tea I've had. Would definitely recommend.

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HelLondon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

First visit for afternoon tea. Lovely setting but food quality wasnt to the standard expected - the sandwiches were different sizes and the salmon used wasnt the best quality. Service was good but had to ask for bill 3 times. A shame as it could be amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet for afternoon tea, good choice, good portions and good value.

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Afternoon Tea at The Gilbert Scott Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.