This weekend I went on a trip to London with my eldest daughter who is just 5. I had arranged to go to the Family Travel Show and she was spending the day with her godfather. We arranged to rendezvous at the Reform Social and Grill for afternoon tea at 4pm.
The Reform which can be found within the Mandeville Hotel is just off Oxford Street and is in a perfect spot for a break after a day of shopping or sightseeing in London.
The first thing Lily was excited about (after showing me all the tat her godfather had let her buy) was the fact that she got her own menu which set out what was included in her Mini Afternoon Tea! These things are important to kids I always find, even if they can’t read it.
The first thing ‘I’ noticed was that whilst the restaurant was quiet in terms of guests when we arrived, it had a lovely welcoming atmosphere and music was playing which meant I didn’t feel like Lily had to be quiet. She could chatter away quite happily without me worrying about level of noise or that we were spoiling someone else’s afternoon. This can often be an issue when you visit somewhere ‘nice’ with your kids.
In addition to the Mini Afternoon Tea The Reform offers two types of ‘grown up’ Afternoon Tea. The Vintage Afternoon Tea and The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. Both versions start at £26.50 including a Bellini, but we plumped for the free flowing champagne too which is £36.50 each. The difference between the two is that the Vintage Tea comes with sandwiches whereas the Gentleman’s comes with savoury snacks.
When the Mini Afternoon tea arrived Lily was thrilled to realise that it came in a pretty tin box. She was also excited about the fact that she didn’t have to eat her savoury food before her dessert box too! Yes that is a Jammy Dodger you can see.
The desert box was a hit, although the peanut butter and jelly sandwich wasn’t a hit with Lily. A preferable option might be for the restaurant to offer children a choice of sandwich – even just ham, cheese or jam?
For £12.50 the Mini Option was a very cute addition to the grown up versions.
Our afternoon tea all came out together, and the free flowing champagne really was just that. I don’t think our glasses were ever empty! Really very very good value for an additional £10 per person.
I really enjoyed the cake selection, although we did decide that more sandwiches were needed and ordered some more. These are an additional £3.50 per plate.
Overall I loved the atmosphere in the Reform Social and Grill. The staff were warm, welcoming at attentive, and given its location I know we will be back. The addition of the kids afternoon tea makes this a fun afternoon with or without the kids, and the free flowing champagne is a real treat!
Nb: We were invited to the Reform to try the Mini Afternoon tea but all views are my own.