“Would you like a glass of champagne with the afternoon tea?”, the smiling waitress at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest asked us. “Yes, please!”, we answered.
It was simply impossible to say “no, thank you” in such majestic surroundings. The table in front of us was set with the finest porcelain, and behind us, the pianist was playing beautiful classical music. Of course, we had to have champagne as an accompaniment!
The ambience was nothing short of magnificent. Not only were we in a palace, but the waiter also told us that the dinnerware on our table had been designed for Queen Victoria in the 19th century. The Herend china was hand-painted, and we even felt a bit nervous handling these delicate pieces of art.
Fortunately, we got through the meal without any mishaps. Instead, there was plenty to praise. Everything, from the steaming hot tea to the sandwiches, scones, and sweets, tasted excellent.
The most delectable part of the spread, however, turned out to be the apple strudel. It was brought to our table midway through the afternoon tea, accompanied by a generous amount of vanilla custard.
Also, one of the undisputed highlights was the attentive waiters constantly on their toes, choreographing the afternoon tea into a perfect symphony with no false notes.
We give the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest a standing ovation for their lovely Herend Afternoon Tea!
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Herend Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is served daily between 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
The price (as of February 2018) was 5800 HUF (approximately 20 USD) for the Herend Afternoon Tea. The Champagne (actually, it was a lovely Sauska Brut Blanche sparkling wine) was an additional 3000 HUF (10 USD).
You may want to wear smart-casual or more formal clothing.
It is advisable to book a table in advance.