Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Melody Restaurant

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After a tiresome week, I booked the bloke and I into free-flowing (bottomless) champagne afternoon tea at The Melody Restaurant in Hammersmith. This is the first time that I have had afternoon tea in awhile as I missed making a reservation for the place that I wanted to go for my birthday last month. The Melody Restaurant is part of St. Paul's Hotel, and this location was used in the cult film "Melody", which I understand is a story about youth and first love. (I have never seen the film, but I now feel that I should watch it.) The hotel became St. Paul's School, which was used in the film. It was directed by Warris Hussein, who was the director of "Dr. Who", and it was produced by David Puttman, who directed "Chariots of Fire" and "Midnight Express". (I've also not seen either of those films.)


The hotel and restaurant is located in a beautiful red brick building and is not far from Hammersmith tube station and Kensington Olympia. We entered the side gate through the archway, which opened into a green courtyard.


The hotel was fairly quiet with a couple of people hanging around, and we were taken into the small parlour, which was decorated for afternoon tea. We had the room to ourselves, and jazz/swing music was playing for us. The views of this room were over the courtyard and a footpath that dog walkers and runners were using.


We were poured our glass of champagne, and the attentive staff kept topping them up for us.


Our three-tier afternoon tea was promptly brought out with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. We also ordered our own teas. The bloke opted for a strawberry-flavoured tea, and I had Darjeeling.


We had a selection of sandwiches, including cucumber, roast pepper, cheese, and salmon. (We did ask for them to be plain as we are not a fan of mayonnaise, mustard, or sour cream.) The sandwiches were all delicious.



After the sandwiches, we tucked into the scones. Fruit and plain scones were provided with plenty of clotted cream and strawberry jam.


We then finished with the dessert, which came in the form of small pastries. They included a chocolate mousse, Victoria sponge cake, carrot cake with macaroom, and strawberries and cream. All were delicious. The Victoria sponge was very light. The carrot cake had a very nice flavour, and the icing was perfect, but I did find the cake itself to be a little too dry. The macaroons were a nice touch; we had a mango one and a chocolate one. The mousse was light and rich, and the strawberry cream was also tasty. I thought that the strawberry cream would have been much better as an Eton Mess with lashings of meringue and strawberry/raspberry coulis mixed into it.


I really enjoyed my visit at The Melody Restaurant, and I really do not understand why it was so quiet unless everyone decides to go into central London for afternoon tea. (Like the other times in the past, I paid for my afternoon tea myself, and I was not paid to write this review.)

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