Rather disappointing and would not go again or take guests. The actual tea is held in 'Verandah' - which sounds lovely but isn't actually terribly nice or appropriate for an attractive afternoon tea - shiny indoor heavy red seats and no table cloths- and it is right next to the bar so there is lots of noise. It has small crowded tables adorned by large clumsy water glasses and mammoth cutlery choices - you would have thought we were going to tuck into a bison or two rather than butter a scone. There was so little room on the table for four of us I thought we might have to put some things on the floor but we actually moved them onto a nearby ledge (without any help). The scones were nice but looked as though someone had sat on them (it's not a scone if it's flat and looks as if someone stood on it) and there was clearly no quality control about how they were presented at all. Some of the pasty choices seemed a little tired although the strawberry tarts were very good. Lots of tea choices but a ludicrously large teaspoons seemed a bit odd - and we wished we had not ordered champagne as that simply made the table even more crowded. The staff were fine but not particulary interested and really all in all - it was the kind of experience that was far more on a par with a Marks and Spencers Café rather than the Dorchester. Avoid.
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