It was... okay. Fun. Sort of silly. Like playing dress up.
The hotel has been serving "Tea" since 1927 and there's definitely a retro vibe about the whole affair. You show up, sit in the French-style tea room, choose your tea (from a wide selection which includes fair trade and organic varieties) and then you eat tiny sandwiches. Each person is served a full pot of tea, and the food arrives on a tiered cake stand.
Our tea was a "full tea" featuring a menu of four large scones, a selection of the aforementioned teeny sandwiches - smoked salmon, cucumber, etc. - and an array of sweet desserts (petit fours - mini cakes, tarts and the like). Plus (of course), clotted cream and fancy jams.
Though there didn't seem to be a lot of food at the table, both of us were too full to finish.
Here's a peek at a bit of the room we were in, complete with a display of silly hates. The room we were in is actually adjacent to the main tea room. I feel like they sat us away from the fancier guests. Maybe we didn't look right. Or maybe it's because we paid as part of a Groupon on Living Social deal. I don't know. My sis set it up. Snobs. ;)