Founded in 1909, the four Richoux restaurants, prestigiously situated in the finer corners of London, have been known for their patisseries. I try the Mayfair establishment, tucked away from the hubbub of Oxford Street and Park Lane. A lovely place for morning or afternoon tea, it emanates the classic tea room vibe although it is more lunch time when I stop by. There’s an array of clients; tourists, businessmen and women, and lingering locals. I have the Richoux Cream Tea, which consists of four warm baby scones with strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream. The service is pleasant and attentive and there isn’t a problem when I ask for a second pot of jam. The two plain and two fruit scones are gluey with a slight aftertaste, displaying the telltale signs of too much microwaving. A shame as I love the surrounds and the Cornish clotted cream. If you want to take something home with you, Richoux do a range of chocolates and biscuits, you can even get them to make your wedding cake!
Tea: A choice of blended, green and herbal tea bag teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: Cosy tea room vibe serving traditional English food.
Location: 41a South Audley St, London W1K 2PS ENGLAND Ph: +44 20 7629 5228
Reviewed in May, 2013