Doggy afternoon tea: high life at the Egerton House Hotel
If you think you own the most pampered pooch, we’re about to raise the bar. We took our pugs-in-chief to a luxury London hotel yesterday for their doggy afternoon tea debut. Yes, really: posh afternoon tea for dogs. The full works.
Egerton House Hotel’s a five-star, Victorian double-townhouse in Knightsbridge, where dapper doggies clearly rule. We had a warm welcome on arrival and were shown into the elegant, but intimate, drawing room. It was light and airy with plush settees and chairs adorned with dog-themed scatter cushions.
The royal treatment
The lovely staff take the meaning of dog-friendly to a whole new level. Visitors to our house will likely leave with the impression that our pugs’ needs and wants trump those of any human. The same could be said for the Egerton House Hotel. Our pugs-in-chief were waited on hand and paw and nothing was too much trouble.
Our dog whisperer waiters, Kevin and Joao, laid out colour-co-ordinated place mats and water bowls before our eager VIPs. They also gave Walter and Florence a special chew toy to take home with them. Another perk of the afternoon tea experience. Then, with great flourish, the three-tiered bowls arrived, filled with a feast fit for royalty.
Doggy afternoon tea: the menu
First up, there was chop-smacking chicken and beef meatloaf. Next, the pugs tucked into homemade dog biscuits from a recipe dreamed up by the hotel’s chef, Terry. How does peanut butter and black treacle sound? The pugs wolfed those biccies down. And, to top it all off, gourmet doggy ice cream was served. Honey and banana: our favourite.
Treats for well-behaved humans
Before you ask, afternoon tea for well-behaved humans went down a treat, too. Freshly cut sandwiches included organic smoked salmon on Cape seed loaf, free range egg mayonnaise on white bread and roast ham and English mustard on brown bread.
We knocked ourselves out with an assortment of little cakes, such as toffee caramel cupcake coated with cream, chocolate orange brownie and lemon and poppy seed gateaux.
As if that wasn’t enough, there were also freshly home-baked plain and fruit scones served with Cornish clotted cream and a selection of preserves. All this was washed down with a glass of champagne and a pot of Earl Grey from luxury tea brand, JING.
Veggie and vegan afternoon tea
The boutique hotel also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea menus. And, for children under 12, there’s a Teddy Bear’s Picnic to tuck into. The traditional afternoon tea is £40 per human (£20 for the children’s menu) or £53, if you plump for the glass of champagne, too. Doggy afternoon tea is £18 per pooch.
Go the whole hog and treat you and your pooch to an overnight stay and you may never want to leave. The hotel’s concierge service for fur guests includes a turndown pet treat, embroidered pet towel, dog sitting and walking service and a pet spa day experience. Naturally, the hotel offers special doggy breakfast and dinner menus. Dishes include the Woof full breakfast, Barking Mad smoothie and Bow Wow tenderloin of beef.
We think afternoon tea’s always a special treat, but all the more so when your cosmopolitan canine gets the royal treatment, too. We couldn’t fault a thing: a lovely, intimate setting; staff who went out of their way to make us all feel welcome; and a beautifully-presented and delicious fare. We went home with doggy bags, of course. Pugtastic! For more information, visit https://www.egertonhousehotel.com.
For posh tea addicts