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Afternoon Tea at Warren House in Kingston-upon-Thames

Today's post is from our fabulous editorial assistant, Roberta Dymek.

Having heard good things about afternoon tea at Warren House and after making contact with the team to find out more, Jennifer and I were kindly invited to come along and try it for ourselves.

A remarkable Victorian architectural accomplishment set within four acres of immaculately kept gardens, Warren House is undoubtedly one of few quietly celebrated classic mansions dotted across the English landscape.  An unexpected marvel, it comes as a surprise somewhat that such a gem could be found in such an unlikely location, just a stone’s throw from Kingston town, its perch on Kingston Hill.  From the upper floors there is a captivating view of the south west London suburbs; and on a clear day it is possible to see landmarks like the Gherkin along the capital’s skyline.  This country house is everything but rural, astoundingly central whilst maintaining the integrity expected of a country estate: beautiful gardens, a peaceful atmosphere and coseted seclusion from the outside world.

Cake Tier Meringue The Lounge

On arrival we were given a warm welcome and swiftly seated in the lounge bar. A very attentive team of staff bestowed upon us a beautiful tiered selection wholly characteristic of a classic English afternoon tea: sandwiches, scones, meringues and fresh cream cakes, amongst other memorable delicacies.  An uncomplicated yet enticing elegance.  Freshly prepared and lovingly presented, not one item, sweet or savoury, failed to deliver.  Positioned by the window and looking out onto the courtyard, you could easily imagine a terrace ravaged with laughter and the buzz of visitors in summertime. Inside the lounge is warm and inviting; rich, deep hues have been carefully selected for the furniture upholstery and add to the sense of comfort.

The Persian Fireplace The Ballroom Feature Bedroom

Once we were unable to eat any more, corporate sales executive, Sarah Barker, gave us a quick tour.  She had huge enthusiasm for and fabulous knowledge of, the property’s exciting history and ongoing redecoration.  It seems difficult to imagine, given its grandeur, that until relatively recently; this remarkable building was used as a training centre by Imperial Chemical Industries.  Having been under private family ownership since 2005, each of the exceptional feature rooms carries with it a historical legacy.  Despite being well looked after by its new owners, its continued use as a conference centre does it little justice compared with my imaginings of its past as a grand reception for balls and dinners.  It is reassuring however that the house is also available for use as a wedding venue which I imagine must be quite a magical setting. 

Our experience at Warren House was a pleasant reminder of everything truly British about the custom of afternoon tea.  It’s a treat for any occasion and Warren House offer a variety of themed afternoon teas, as well as providing a savoury alternative for those with less of a sweet tooth. This really is the perfect country afternoon tea within easy reach of central London.

The Traditional English Afternoon Tea is priced at £23.50 per adult and £11.75 for children aged between 3 and 12 years.  Great Cake Places were guests of Warren House.

Posted: 22/04/2013 12:32:39

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Jennifer Earle

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