Set in the heart of Mayfair on Park Lane, The Dorchester has been a symbol of luxury and charm for more than half a century. The Promenade is the sumptuous setting for the hotel's legendary afternoon teas, offering sandwiches, scones and pastries alongside a selection of 25 different types of tea. The truly decadent can also opt for champagne while reclining on the high-backed divans, or hide away in one of the intimate alcoves for an informal lunch or a light supper. Please note, all guests are respectfully asked to observe The Dorchester's 'smart casual' dress code, by refraining from wearing baseball or beanie caps, ripped jeans, sportswear (including flip-flops) and shorts while visiting the restaurants and bars.
Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, is reputed to have originated the idea of Afternoon Tea in the early 1800s. She conceived the idea of having tea in the afternoon to ward off the hunger pangs between lunch and dinner The Duchess started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. It became a regular occurrence and she began to invite other high society ladies to join her. Along with tea, there would be small pastries with clotted cream or preserves, delicate sandwiches and scones. These habits soon became a good reason for social gatherings, and started a trend that is still very much a part of British life. The Afternoon Tea Tradition Laurent-Perrier Rosé Afternoon Tea The house of Laurent-Perrier was founded in the early 1800's at a time which saw the birth of the tradition of taking afternoon tea. Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne with its fresh berry bouquet and elegant fruity character makes the perfect accompaniment to The Dorchester's classic afternoon tea A glass of chilled Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne * * * A selection of finger sandwiches: Cucumber with cream cheese on caraway seed bread Egg mayonnaise with shiso cress on white bread Chicken with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on basil bread Smoked salmon on granary bread * * * Warm raisin and plain scones from our bakery served with homemade strawberry jam, a seasonal jam and Cornish clotted cream * * * A selection of French pastries * * * Tea or coffee £ 54.00 Additional glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne £19.50 Champagne Afternoon Tea A glass of chilled Laurent-Perrier NV or Charpentier Reserve Rosé NV * * * A selection of finger sandwiches: Cucumber with cream cheese on caraway seed bread Egg mayonnaise with shiso cress on white bread Chicken with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on basil bread Smoked salmon on granary bread * * * Warm raisin and plain scones from our bakery served with homemade strawberry jam, a seasonal jam and Cornish clotted cream * * * A selection of French pastries * * * Tea or coffee £44.00 Additional glass of Champagne £14.00 Traditional Afternoon Tea Enjoy all the above, without the Champagne £34.50 The Dorchester High Tea A glass of chilled Laurent-Perrier NV or Charpentier Reserve Rosé NV * * * A selection of finger sandwiches: Cucumber with cream cheese on caraway seed bread Egg mayonnaise with shiso cress on white bread Chicken with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on basil bread Smoked salmon on granary bread * * * Pan seared breast of duck with caramelised pears and roasted chestnuts or Cep and confit white onion tart with brie and a mixed herb salad or Smoked haddock and an organic poached egg served with a Champagne sauce * * * A selection of French pastries * * * Tea or coffee £49.50 Additional glass of Champagne £14.00 The Dorchester Tea Selection Our most popular choices The Dorchester Blend A blend of silvery Ceylon and golden Assam. A truly elegant tea. Earl Grey Supreme A traditional blend of Chinese Ceylon, Assam and Formosa Oolong enlivened by silver tips and accented by Bergamot. Dragon Pearl Jasmine Finest Jasmine from the inventor of these attractive balls of green tea scented Jasmine flowers. Truly a treat. (supplement of £2.00 per pot) English Breakfast This is a strong, clean blend ideal for the mornings or at any time. Sencha Japan's most popular green tea, it is loved for its lightly vegetative flavour. Bangkok The flavours of Thailand are found in this green tea blend lemon grass, ginger and coconut. Big Red Sun A new blend of full leaf teas from Kenya and Kenilworth this tea is light and invigorating. The Dorchester Tea Selection China Keemun Mao Feng A version of China's most famous black tea, Keemun Mao Feng has large leaves which make a light brew with a toasty finish. WuyiSan Lapsang Souchong This elegant tea is from the original Lapsang producers. This black tea is flavourful with just the correct amount of smoky flavour. Ti Quan Yin This is one of China's best oolongs. The greenish tea is light in colour with a light peach flavour. India Assam An Indian black tea which is strong with a malty flavour. Darjeeling This is a consistently excellent blend of first flush and autumnal teas from Darjeeling's premier gardens. It is a light and bright tea. Indian Nimbu Nimbu is Hindi for lemon and what is found in this Darjeeling blend. It is softened by the sweetness of caramel. The Dorchester Tea Selection Specialty and Flavoured Black Teas East Frisian Blend Our strongest black tea blend that is designed to drink with cream and brown sugar. Ceylon Pekoe This is a high grown tea that is clean and bright. It is a traditional favourite. Russian Country This is a blend of four teas accented by smoky Lapsang Oolong. A blend reminiscent of the caravans that crossed the deserts of Russia. Paris This black tea blend is flavoured with fruit, Bergamot and caramel. You will think that you are in the city of lights. Vanilla A black tea blend with a vanilla aroma and taste. The Dorchester Tea Selection Caffeine Free Teas African Autumn Caffeine-free Rooibos from South Africa accented by refreshing cranberry and orange flavours. Strawberry and kiwi A caffeine-free blend of dried fruit that are flavoured with the bright flavours of ripe strawberries and tropical kiwis. Decaffeinated Black Ceylon black tea with caffeine removed, yet the flavour retained. Camomile Flowers from Egypt, this caffeine-free drink is prized for its slightly apple flavour. Lemon Herbal This is a caffeine-free blend of lemon grass, lemon rind and lemon flavours that is very refreshing. Coffee Selection Espresso Short sharp shot of coffee Cappuccino Shot of espresso with frothy milk and a dusting of chocolate Café Latté Shot of espresso with hot milk Macchiato Shot of espresso with a drop of milk froth Mocha A smooth mixture of coffee and chocolate Filter coffee Iced coffee or tea Any coffee or tea served over ice The Dorchester Hot Chocolate Thick, creamy hot chocolate £5.50 Drinks Fruit juices £5.00 Freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice £6.00 Soft drinks from £4.00 Mixers from £2.50 Mineral Water from £4.50 Speyside (still or sparkling), Evian Smoothies and fresh juices £9.50 Create your own smoothie which will be made to order A minimum charge of £20.00 per person will be applicable A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill All prices include VAT