As a VERY belated Christmas present, yesterday I took school friend Victoria out for afternoon tea, of which she is a bit of a connoisseur, so I needed to choose my venue wisely. I am always tempted to go into town, but decided on a more car-friendly option, heading to The Bingham in Richmond.
The tea room is pretty, with a range of seating available in the Lounge Bar. I was a little surprised that on arrival, with only one other group seated for tea that we were sat right next too them on a table that was overly close, but as the weather was so gorgeous, we asked to be relocated to the sunny terrace overlooking the Thames. A selection of tea was offered, but I am a bit of tea-bore and opted for the English Breakfast, which were served in modern glass pots which was a contrast to the rest of the traditional floral turquoise crockery. The tea itself was yummy, a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, plain and fruit scones served with clotted cream and jam and beautiful cakes and pastries. Victoria's favorite cake was a raspberry macaron, with mine being a mini Victoria sponge finger. Along with these traditional cake choices and flavors, the chef was still adventurous, with other cakes having more interesting mixtures of flavors.
I do tend to over-indulge when it comes to an afternoon tea visit, however, we left without being bursting at the seams, which is a positive result in my book, however, if you do have a larger appetite, you may need to
ask for sandwich refills, as they were not forthcoming.
The Bingham has been awarded 'The Tea Guild special Award of Excellence 2013' in recognition of its outstanding quality and consistently high standards in Afternoon Tea service and the service was good with very professional, helpful and friendly staff.
Afternoon tea at the Bingham is £25 per head and is served between 3.30pm Mon-Sat and 4-7pm on a Sunday. Just on the edge of Richmond, it is one and a half miles from the station, but it has a small amount of free parking available in designated spaces in the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory on the other side of the road, which we utilised.