REVIEW: A Right Royale Tea, Amba Hotel, Charing Cross

Silly but good natured fun, BoRo Experiences has created an absolutely spiffing entertaining way to enjoy afternoon tea.

The best way I can think to describe this to someone who hasn’t experienced A Right Royale Tea is that it seems to be combination of Downton Abbey (a posh family going through some money troubles) with Mischief Theatre’s playful sense of humour that makes it fun for the whole family to experience.

Taking place at the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross every Sunday, guests are invited to join Lord and Lady Right, their daughter Ginny, butler Patrick, the maid and the family lawyer to come up with a way in which the family can raise enough money to carry out essential repairs on the family home.

Directed by  Jo Michaels-Barrington with script consultation by Andrew Muir, there are times when the show overly relies on the one joke – particularly when Lord Right constantly gets his daughter’s name wrong (a sequence that just goes on for slightly too long). However, it can’t be denied that the concept of the show is very family friendly and ideal if you are looking an immersive dining experience that everybody of a range of ages can enjoy.

The afternoon tea on offer has plenty of variety with sandwiches including smoked salmon, soft cheese and chives and cucumber and coriander mint chutney (which was slightly too powerful for my taste). The pudding selection was also excellent including a particularly creamy and light lemon tart that went down well, while the cherry chocolate bomb was sweet and enjoyable, with a mini victoria sponge complementing both of the other puddings nicely along with the scones. Presentation wise it could have been made to look a bit better but this is a minor complaint in what was an excellent afternoon tea.

Throughout it all, the cast do well to interact with the guests, showing good judgement on who is willing to interact and who isn’t – but perhaps the narrative for the characters could have been a bit stronger to be completely satisfying. There is however a surprise towards the end that no-one expects, rounding off the afternoon nicely.

Overall, A Right Royale Tea is a perfect immersive dining experience for families – keeping everyone thoroughly entertained from start to finish and leaving you thoroughly satisfied.

By Emma Clarendon

A Right Royale Tea continues to take place at the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross over the summer. To book tickets visit: See Tickets or Encore Tickets.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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