Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

The Queen I’m referring to here is of course, my superstar friend, Harriet Thorpe who you’ll recognise from Ab Fab and other epic TV shows and West End shows, so how fitting that we were invited to enjoy the new Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel, adjacent to  sprawling Kensington Palace where Queen Victoria once lived.

Vicki of Honest Mum, her son and Harriet Thorpe enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel-menu

Harriet Thorpe

Never one to miss a banquet, Prince Alexander (!) who was off school for the summer, insisted that he join us, too! He was both our our Food Taster and Jester rolled into one-that kid sure knows how to crack a joke. Just look how much he adored his non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice, in a champagne flute no less. Bless. He even enquired when he might feel drunk, ‘just like Mummy’ (thanks son)!

Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

…The prettiest of afternoon teas tells the story of Queen Victoria’s adventurous appetite, and it was a culinary history lesson in itself as we learned of Victoria’s lifelong love for whisky, her unusual Sunday lunches, and even her most favourite pies. 

Vicki of Honest Mum, her son and Harriet Thorpe enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

Here comes the history lesson:

In 1840 during the Queen Victoria’s reign, the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell looked for a way to overcome, ‘that sinking feeling’ between breakfast and dinner as people of that time usually only had two meals a day.

The solution was a small pot of tea and light snack taken privately in her boudoir. This soon became a habit and she started to invite friends to join her. The menu also centred around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets and of course, tea. Before long, all of fashionable society had caught on and nearly 200 years later, here we are!

Made only with the freshest and finest ingredients, our Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea featured assorted sandwiches and savoury pastries, raisin and cinnamon scones, a selection of sliced fruit and fine loose leaf tea as well as champagne too (cheers), making for the most decadent and delicious of afternoon feasts.

Vicki of Honest Mum, her son and Harriet Thorpe enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

Newly vegetarian Alexander opted for the veggie child’s version (which was generous enough for two children), and mine was veggie too having recently veered from veganism to vegetarianism. Harriet enjoyed the meat and fish-based Afternoon Tea.

child enjoys cakes and sandwiches child drinks hot chocolate at the Royal Garden's afternoon tea

Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea

I love the pomp and ceremony of Afternoon Tea, of smelling the fragrant teas patiently waiting for consumption in jars (we both opted for English Breakfast but enjoyed sniffing them all), and were wowed by the delicate, perfectly formed and utterly decadent small bites we devoured with each course.

Harriet is the BEST, BEST, BEST company: she makes me roar with laughter unsurprisingly, and gives the greatest advice (remember this post?). She’s also been a tremendous friend to me since we first met several years ago, supporting me through some of the hardest times of my life. She’s also never missed a milestone moment in my career, or a birthday yet. Utterly beautiful, bold, smart, and brave as they come, I feel lucky to have Harriet in my life.

Vicki of Honest Mum, her son and Harriet Thorpe enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

I also felt lucky to have had this Afternoon Tea in my life. We all did.

With beef or mushroom consumme/ tea followed by muffins, egg vol-au-vents, pineapple, strawberry and orange slices, bread and butter pudding, cranberry tart, chocolate cake made with ganache and butter cream, orange jelly and light and refreshing champagne, it was a feast to behold.

Harriet Thorpe at the Royal Garden Hotel

The menu is even printed on the exact same paper Queen Victoria would write her letters on.

A statement afternoon tea if ever there was one, and in the regal Park Terrace Restaurant, book now and enjoy feeling like royalty for a few hours. You deserve it!

This was a complimentary afternoon tea for all in return for this honest review. I have a long-standing relationship with the Royal Garden Hotel.

desserts in The Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel


If you book your own Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea between Monday and Friday, you will receive a complementary cocktail or glass of Champagne when you quote ‘Honest Mum’ or ‘MumBoss’. This ends October 30th 2019. 

The Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

scones at the The Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

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You can enter below to win a Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea of your own for 2 people worth £96. 

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The Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel


Prize consists of the Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea for 2, with complimentary upgrade to a glass of Champagne each or the signature ‘Queen Victoria Tipple’ each. Please make the booking at least 24 hours in advance, giving any dietary requirements.

Please note Vegetarian themed tea is available however all vegan options will not been themed. Prize is non-transferable, there is no cash alternative. No travel arrangements covered.

Ends at midnight August 30th 2019.

If you do not respond to the notification email within 7 days, a new winner will be randomly selected.

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105 Responses

  1. Rich Tyler

    It looks / sounds amazing, i’d take my wife for much-needed down time!

  2. Julia Linsley

    I would love to win to take my daughter sorrel Magenta to celebrate her firstclass honours degree graduation and starting her new job in London and having her first home !

  3. Sandra Bald

    With our Wedding Anniversary coming up, this would be a fabulous treat for me & my husband.
    A bit of child free time as a couple.

  4. Lucy Wright-Booth

    I would love to win so I can take my sister. She is always helping me out so it would be nice to treat her for once!

  5. Ali Johnson

    My best friend used to live in London so I used to go all the time but I’ve not been since she moved back up north. Winning this would be a good excuse to get myself back down there, taking my best mate with me of course.

  6. Sarah

    I’d love to win this as it looks absolutely DELICIOUS. I would take my friend for a lovely day out! x

  7. Fiona Boyd

    I would like to win as me and my boyfriend are visiting London and it would be a really nice treat!

  8. katherine s

    I would love to win this prize as it would be a lovely way to treat my mum, who has never experienced afternoon tea before.

  9. Trish

    I would love to win this so that I could take my Mum out for a really nice treat.

  10. Lisa Pope

    I’d love to take my youngest daughter as a treat after we pick up her A Level results

  11. Sandra Soiza

    I love afternoon tea and would love to take my mum who has just recovered from her thyroid surgery with me to cheer her up

  12. Bridget Zyka

    Such a fantastic idea, I would take my bestie as We haven’t had a chace to spend quality time together.

  13. Michelle Smith

    The afternoon tea looks amazing, I would take my lovely daughter with me as she deserves a treat.

  14. Emily G

    I’d love to take my little sister and treat her because she works so hard.

  15. Kallie Maile

    I would take my husband as we haven’t had a ‘date’ since our baby arrived 10 months ago.

  16. Lisa Parker

    Oh this is lovely! I would love to take my partner and treat her to a wonderful experience. x

  17. Vicky Cole

    I’d like to win to spend some quality time with my husband who works very hard for me to be a stay at home mum

  18. Jackie Howell

    I love the Royal Gardens and would be great to take my mother-in-law who has never been and always wanted to have afternoon tea there.

  19. Suzanne Ashley

    It love to win and take my mum, because she deserves a treat! She’s the best mum.

  20. Liam Bishop

    My lovely wife Lucy, she is a big fan of afternoon tea and I love to treat her! x

  21. Louise Dray

    I would love to take my sister, as she is always there for me.

  22. Sadiyya Maryam

    This looks amazing. I would love to treat my young daughter who is an inspiration and such a lovely kind and patient girl. We have been going through a really difficult time with her dad and she’s been so good so would love to treat her.

  23. juliette morrison

    I turned 50 this summer and would love to treat a friend to join me to celebrate

  24. Angie McDonald

    I’d love to take my big sister to treat her and spend some quality sister time with her

  25. Cheryl G

    I’d take my lovely mum – she’s recently turned 60, so this would be a fabulous way to celebrate

  26. Aisling Mulvey

    Hi there, amazing afternoon tea and I’m very envious of you being able to share it with your mum. I lost my mum 8 years ago to a brain tumour and always wish I could revist days like this with her. But if I could share it with my partner or a friend then it would be amazing to do so xx

  27. Emma Ferguson

    Both my Mum and I absolutely love afternoon teas. My Mum always works so hard and really deserves a nice treat

  28. Lesley Prestage

    Would love to take my friend Lyn – it is her birthday in July and she absolutely loves an Afternoon Tea!

  29. Nikki Hayes

    I would love to win as we will be visiting London later this year and this would be a fantastic addition to our trip. I would of course take my lovely husband :o)

  30. Jemma Anderson

    This looks divine! It’s something special I’d love to either take my mum to for Mother’s Day, or gift it to my mum and dad on their anniversary.

  31. Hannah Clarke

    What an amazing spread! I’d love to take my husband because we’ve had a rough few years and barely get any quality time together xx

  32. Elaine Savage

    I’d love to take hubby to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. I am not earning so this would be a wonderful way that I could treat him.


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