The Churchill Hyatt Regency London is in an unassuming building found at the northeast corner of Hyde Park. Only a 5 minute walk from Marble Arch Station and a 9 minute walk from Bond Street Station, The Hyatt is in the middle of the city and on the edge of the main shopping district (Oxford Street).
Not the most beautiful building from the outside, things get much better inside.
The Montagu has a large dining area with an open kitchen on one end and a piano near the entrance. During the early evenings, there is a pianist playing periodically.
The tea selection covers most of the bases, but the afternoon tea only includes one choice which you can get refills on. I had the Ginseng Oolong, but it wasn’t really to my taste. I expected it to be spicier and with an earthy flavor, but it was actually pretty sweet. I should have read more carefully.
Being on the more affordable side of hotel teas, I wasn’t sure what level of food to expect. I was, however, pleasantly surprised.
Served on a 3 tiered stand, the sandwiches and sweets came out first.
The sandwiches were pretty typical afternoon tea fare, but were fresh and tasty. (If you’re confused by the difference in what is shown versus what is listed on the menu, it’s not just you. They are different sandwiches.) There were roast beef and horseradish, egg salad, cucumber, smoked salmon, and ham and cheese sandwiches.
As we were finishing our sandwiches, the waitstaff came by promptly and asked if we would like to have our scones brought out. They came out warm and served with strawberry jam, clotted cream, and lemon curd. Once again hoping for more of a crusty scone, I was slightly disappointed with the soft scone type but happily ate them anyways.
The sweets were pretty good overall. The only one I didn’t care for was the Battenburg, and I don’t really like them anyways. It was a little dry though. The fruit tart was tasty along with the chocolate cake and and raspberry mousse. The chocolate cake was a little like a deconstructed candy bar with bits of cookie and cranberries inside. The raspberry mouse didn’t look like great, but the mousse wasn’t overly sweet and was a nice mix with the sourness of the fruit and sweetness of the syrup.
It was really nice to get good service again. Even if we needed to get a hold of someone, they were easily found and flagged down.
While not the most inventive menu, for the price, atmosphere, and service, I would recommend going to The Hyatt for a relaxing afternoon.
Tea 2/5, one choice (refillable), good variety
Overall 3.5/5 (rounding up)
Hyatt Regency London
1:00pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday
3:30pm to 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday