Breakfast at the Ritz London- a MUST for Romantic Getaways
London is such a great city for so many reasons. No matter the reason for your visit, the vast variety of accommodations, restaurants, and activities available will keep you entertained and happy for the entire duration of your trip. With Easter break just around the corner, many look for city breaks to enjoy quality time away from the humdrum and every day life to explore undiscovered history, enrich their lives with more experiences, and for those couples out there, boosting the romance in their relationships. And with that in mind, I must divulge my adoration for breakfast at the Ritz London.
Background Facts on this Magnificent Hotel:
- It opened in May 1906 and has welcoming guests ever since!
- In 2002, The Ritz London became the first hotel ever to receive a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales for its banquet service!
- After WWI the hotel became very popular with writers, actors, and politicians
- There is a running casino in the basement that features such games as Roulette, Baccarat, and Pokies
- The decor was inspired by the French Louis XIV style.
- Afternoon Tea at the Ritz has become world famous and a must while in London!
- The Ritz has provided hospitality to such notables as Douglas Fairbanks, The Queen Mother, and Mahatma Gandhi
- There is a suite named after Marie Antoinette
- Quite a few scenes of the film “Notting Hill” starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant were filmed in the hotel.
Now to the Grub:
The notoriety, reputation and clout of this hotel speaks volumes the minute you enter. Doormen clad in traditional uniforms escort you to the front where you are then welcomed by the Maitre ‘d . Reservations are essential, especially on special days of the year as tables book almost instantly!
Pro Tip: Do NOT be disappointed and miss out by not making reservations! Mothering Sunday, Easter, and Christmas book sometimes years in advance, so don’t get overly upset if those days are booked. Surrounding days could be available. Check Opentable or the Ritz Directly.
We were blessed to enjoy breakfast at the Ritz for our first wedding anniversary. A fitting occasion to dine in the lap of luxury, we were stoked to enjoy a signature main with the included all-you-can-eat buffet.
Pro-Tip: The Ritz has a preferred dress code. Shorts are not permitted for men, nor bathrobes, ripped clothing, sweats, or active wear. Smart clothing is most ideal.
The menu has several choices for those hungry guests fresh out of bed. Everything from eggs cooked to order, bespoke omelets, pancakes, and more. If you are feeling uber posh, why not have the premium selections complete with truffles and foie gras? These options will leave a dent in your wallet, but go down smoothly with the accompanied glass of bubbly.
Upon arrival, I was already impressed. The china was a beautifully regal turquoise colour that resembled that of Tiffany’s jewellery boxes…in other words, quintessential elegance. Pair this bone china with the pure silver flatware and teapots and you have the look of sheer luxury. The butter too was monogrammed with a signature “R’ denoting the impression the restaurant aspired to make.
I thoroughly enjoyed the included buffet. Expect everything from pastries, breads, sweet loaves, fresh fruit, puddings, desserts, smoked salmon, cheeses, cured meats, and more. I enjoyed my selections thoroughly, especially the ride pudding! My grandmother was born and raised in London. She was served traditional British cuisine and brought the classic recipes to Canada during her escape from the war in the 1920’s. Needless to say, I was brought up on these incredible dishes and was unbelievably excited to try the rice pudding made by the executive chef.
It did not disappoint.
The Delicious Mains
Out of all the choices, we opted for the eggs benedict and pancakes. As a Canadian girl, I just could not resist the idea of real maple syrup. I knew at the Ritz I would get the opportunity to enjoy the pure stuff as opposed to the fake sugar and water! It was such a great meal. The pancakes were silver dollar size and served with a side of fruit and yogurt. I loved this as the North American size hotcakes would have been too big and heavy after eating such a lovely assortment of flavours at the plentiful buffet.
What I also loved about breakfast here at the Ritz was that coffee, tea, and juice were included. You could have as many as you liked. We opted for orange and grapefruit juices, and cappuccino. Everything was quenching and satisfying.
A place for the posh, the Ritz truly lived up to my expectations and gave us service that we would expect of such an upscale facility.
The decor truly reflected the French influence intended and the staff were the pure image of professional and poised.
So there you have it. A gourmet start to your fun-filled holiday in the Big Smoke. Make sure you check out our other 150 Uncommon Things to do in this incredible city and add your romantic sizzle to them! For us, it was an amazing anniversary celebration that we will never forget.