Afternoon Tea at Windows, Hotel d’Angleterre Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland
October 2015

If you search for afternoon tea in Geneva, virtually the only place that comes up is Hotel d’Angleterre.  Situated across the street from Lake Geneva, the hotel is north of the older part of the city and station area.

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Afternoon tea is served in Windows, facing the street and the lake.  Half of the restaurant is a conservatory, which is probably very nice on a sunny day.

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Windows was pretty empty when I went for a late tea at 5:30 and stayed that way the entire time.  Seated in the corner by the window, I had a good view of the passerbys and a quiet spot to read on the bench seating.

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Windows offers two different teas, the traditional and champagne afternoon teas.

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They have a pretty extensive selection of teas, but sadly only let you pick 1.  (It is refillable with hot water.)  With so many to choose from, it was a difficult choice.  I finally went with the Margaret Hope Tea, which was very good.

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On the 3-tiered stand was a generous selection of sandwiches, scones (under the dome), and sweets.

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The sandwiches were ok overall.  First of all, there were a lot of them.  I couldn’t finish them all.  The almond encrusted chicken mayonnaise was my favorite; although the almonds kept falling off with each bite.  The other sandwiches were less pleasing due to the bread.  The sandwiches had clearly been prepared beforehand and left out; therefore, were a little hard.

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The scones, in flavor, were very nice.  The texture was less nice.  The bottoms were very hard and were difficult to cut.  The rest of the scones could have used a couple more minutes in the oven as they were a little undercooked.  There was such a disconnect between the bottom and rest of the scone that while cutting the entire top flew off.

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The sweets were the highlight of the stand.  It would be difficult for me to pick my favorite on this plate.  If I had to pick a least favorite, it would be the cupcake with chocolate frosting and orange candy on top.  It wasn’t bad at all, but in comparison with the other choices, it came last.  Rich in flavors, the chocolate and custard were cut by the tartness of the raspberries and cheesecake.  The meringue melted away in your mouth.  There was a good balance of flavors and combination of textures on this tier.

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I think the value to money was pretty good, especially considering this was in Geneva.  Instead of the traditional afternoon tea, I might opt for just getting tea and sweets if I were to go again.

Tea 2.5/5, one choice (refillable), large variety
Food 3.5/5
Atmosphere 4/5
Service 3.5/5
Overall 3.5/5 (rounding up)

Hotel d’Angleterre
2:00 to 6:00 daily

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