The time we enjoyed Afternoon Tea with The Queen

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to enjoy a spot of tea with Her Majesty The Queen? Well now you can, with the new Royal Afternoon Tea at the world-famous Madame Tussauds. 

Wednesday 15 August 2018

To mark the launch of the new dining experience we attended a regal garden party hosted by Royal Butler, Grant Harrold. He shared his top tips for taking tea while serving us and the other guests delicious hand-crafted sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, all prepared by Levy Leisure.

Formerly the butler to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, we were in safe hands with Grant as we took a break from celebrity-spotting around the famous London landmark to indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea set in the iconic Buckingham Palace garden. At a table next to us was a brand-new wax figure of The Queen; she took centre stage and was very popular with the guests, especially those wanting an iconic selfie… 

During the evening we enjoyed a delicious feast of delectable finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones and cakes. Listening to our etiquette expert Grant Harrold we have put together the following tips for Afternoon Tea decorum;

  • It is polite for gentlemen to wait for ladies to be seated before taking one’s own chair
  • When seated at the table, the crease of a folded napkin should be directed away from the lady to allow discrete dabbing
  • When popping to the loo (that is also the correct phrase to use), place the napkin on the back of your chair if you wish to continue eating when you return or scrunch it on the table when finished or if you’re leaving
  • When pouring the perfect cuppa, it’s tea first then milk, there should be no sound when stirring and do not stick your pinkie out when drinking
  • If you’re sat close to the table you can lift your teacup to your mouth for a sip, if your chair is slightly pushed out from the table it is polite to bring both your cup and saucer up to take a sip
  • When eating, you should start from the bottom of the tiered cake stand and work your way up, with the puddings likely on the top tier to finish  
  • Finger sandwiches, as the name suggests, should be eaten delicately with your fingers, no need for a knife and fork
  • Scones are pronounced sc-on not sc-own
  • Controversially, unless one is eating in Devon, scones should be prepared with jam first
  • A scone can be split in half either by breaking it with your hands or cutting down the middle with a knife
  • It is impolite to put the jam and cream directly onto your scone, pop a dollop of both onto your side-plate and then apply from here
  • Afternoon tea is traditionally taken between 4-6pm, but it is not a black-tie affair; ladies can wear hats, but it’s always tiaras after 6 pm in the royal household 

 

If you want to put your new skills to the test, then pop in on Her Majesty at the Royal Tea at Madame Tussauds London. Available from £15 per person, a breakfast selection is also on offer and individually priced. To view the full menu and reserve your table, visit: www.madametussauds.com/royaltea