Our dining experience with the orangery was truly dismal. From the moment we sat down the waiter made it very clear he wasn’t in the mood for making our experience pleasureable as he huffed and puffed and slammed things down onto the table. I had to ask another waitress to come over and take our order because clearly no one was going to do it. We ordered afternoon tea (my mom loves afternoon tea so we drove to Blenheim which is an hour and a half away from where we live to try it) it was placed in front of us the sandwiches still had crusts on them (which I have never seen on an afternoon tea before) the ham was rock hard and in my opinion inedible, by the time we finished the sandwiches the tea was slammed down on the table with tea leaves and tea running down the sides of the teapot, the tea wasn’t even pored for us it was just left there drenched and impossible to pick up. By the time we got to the scones they were ice cold because they don’t bring them out fresh from the kitchen when you have finished the sandwiches, and during all this time we were never asked once if our food was ok or if we needed anything else. The waiters were rude and dismissive from start to finish and we were so disappointed in our experience that we didn’t even touch the cakes we just paid the bill and left as fast as possible. We ate around three sandwiches each and had one cup of tea, for 26 pounds each I feel like we didn’t get at all what we paid for. I get a better afternoon tea in a local pub in bromsgrove, and that is very embarrassing considering we were at a palace that Winston Churchill was born in. A little respect for English tradition would have been pleasant, I go to afternoon tea quite often and this is by far the worst one I have ever had.
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