Afternoon tea is served in the beautiful Palmen (Palm Court Restaurant), and on first impression you could easily imagine this room being from one of ‘The Great Gatsby’s’ glamorous scenes with its stunning glass dome allowing an airy atmosphere and natural sunlight to pour in. This beautiful setting is further enhanced by a rich colour scheme of purple, green and silver throughout ensuring that you felt instantly relaxed in the most exquisite surroundings. On entering Palmen we were warmly greeted by our waiter who led us to our grand booth. The booth was deep and inviting with delicate cushions for support, whilst our marble table was perfectly presented with white Wedgewood chinaware. From the onset our waiter was polite and attentive creating a ‘home from home feel’ by enquiring how our day was, and if we would like a glass of still or sparkling water to sip on whilst we pondered over the fabulous menu merrily absorbing our surroundings.
The Grand Hotel’s Norwegian afternoon tea arrived on a simple yet faultless white three tiered stand. Chelsie and I were bedazzled by the stunning display of sweet treats and savoury items on display, the sensational colours and enticing aromas ensured us that this would not only be a glamorous affair but also so very delicious. Our eyes widened further when our waiter returned again with a matching white plate of delicate, warm freshly baked chocolate and ligonberry scones accompanied by two little pots of orange and raspberry Bonne Maman jam. Our waiter talked us through the variety within the three tiers of the stand, explaining how each item within the afternoon tea is intimately linked to Scandinavian cuisine from the freshly caught fish to the popular ligonberries within the scones. We were also given suitable time to ask any additional questions we had concerning our afternoon tea. We believe it is worth us mentioning that the Grand Hotel covers all dietary concerns to ensure that each and every guest can enjoy their afternoon tea but they do require twenty four hours notice.