Grills Afternoon Tea - in the Lounge or the Restaurant?


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#1
Yorkshire, UK
40 Posts
Joined Jun 2015
On previous QV cruises we've really enjoyed the personal service of afternoon tea in the Grills lounge, and were disappointed in August this year to find that it had been replaced by a tea plate stand of sandwiches served in the Princess Grill restaurant.

I've just received an email from Cunard stating that:

"Our chefs create hand-decorated cakes served daily as part of the Grills Lounge Afternoon Tea" and
"Your exclusive lounge provide the perfect setting for a pre dinner drink or an indulgent afternoon tea"

So are there any recent travellers who can vouch for this advertising?
#2
Bournemouth
1 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
Just got back from QE to Canaries in a Q1.
Afternoon tea now served in Princess grills restaurant.
Served on an individual cake stand. No sandwich or roll choice given
( until asked for), then we were begrudgingly given a choice.
Scones were served cold.
Got the impression they would prefer us to go to Queens room.
Obviously they are trying to reduce service further.
#3
Staffordshire
2,043 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by Jonboy1
Just got back from QE to Canaries in a Q1.
Afternoon tea now served in Princess grills restaurant.
Served on an individual cake stand. No sandwich or roll choice given
( until asked for), then we were begrudgingly given a choice.
Scones were served cold.
Got the impression they would prefer us to go to Queens room.
Obviously they are trying to reduce service further.
We have also just returned from the same cruise and thought the afternoon tea in the Princess restaurant was excellent 4 different sandwiches, 4 cakes and a scone each with clotted cream, not whipped as in Queens Room. Served on a 3 tier cake stand and tea of your choice from very attentive staff.
#4
Oxfordshire UK
73 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Frankly, we preferred the afternoon tea as served in the Princess Grill restaurant on our recent Canaries Island cruise. The cake stand approach is what is now offered in many of the best hotels. My only memory of the Grills Lounge version (admittedly a single cruise back in 2011) was an unreliable service of the various components so that we didn't always see everything and sandwiches which, although "fingers", were more bread than filling and qualified as "doorstops". We thought the new version a great improvement. Which just goes to prove that different people see things differently!!
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#5
Gower Peninsula, Wales
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Joined Jan 2006
Since I am vegetarian, having sandwiches allocated would be of no use to me, but any Afternoon Tea we take, is usually served at sunbed in the Grill’s deck. I hope that remains?
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#6
Brighton
93 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Very disappointed. We are on Queen Victoria for Christmas and enjoyed our afternoon teas in the Grills lounge. We too are vegetarians and would enjoy the egg, cucumber and the odd salmon sandwiches. A cake stand with ham, beef or whatever would be of no use to us. As we daily have afternoon tea in the Grill wonder if it is possible to arrange for a vegetarian selection. Think I’ll contact Cunard.
#7
458 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Originally posted by Hoveto
Very disappointed. We are on Queen Victoria for Christmas and enjoyed our afternoon teas in the Grills lounge. We too are vegetarians and would enjoy the egg, cucumber and the odd salmon sandwiches. A cake stand with ham, beef or whatever would be of no use to us. As we daily have afternoon tea in the Grill wonder if it is possible to arrange for a vegetarian selection. Think I’ll contact Cunard.
Why contact Cunard before your cruise? I say this with QG conviction rather than from experience as I rarely bother with afternoon tea as such apart from a mug of tea on deck but surely, this is what the Grill's service is all about. A quick word to the wait staff or the Head Waiter in charge on the day will ensure you'll be offered a veggie selection.
#8
UK
288 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
I am confidently expecting that all we will need to do to get suitable (vegetarian) sandwiches is ask on the day - and hopefully just the first day with our preference being remembered thereafter.
#9
Oxfordshire UK
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Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by Victoria2
A quick word to the wait staff or the Head Waiter in charge on the day will ensure you'll be offered a veggie selection.
I would be confident that a vegetarian option of some sort would be available. The scones served to us at first were fruit scones with sultanas. Our preferred plain scones swiftly appeared on request. And just to prove once again that we are all different majortom10, we prefer cold scones. Warm scones melt the clotted cream and result in a soggy mess!
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#11
Oxfordshire UK
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Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by thames_side
Froxfield. You should put the jam on first.
Touche. ( Help, I can't find the accents!!!!)

Well, now, that has always been a matter of opinion and a never ending debate. In the south-east, it seems jam first may have a majority and in Cornwall. But in Devon (and Dorset as far as I can observe) it is cream first. Of course, for the truly "wicked" there is always butter, then jam, then cream.

I find that if the scones are truly warm it doesn't make much difference: all ways, it becomes a soggy mess. But then I am a messy eater!
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#13
Staffordshire
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Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by vannerhawk
Do they still serve afternoon tea outside on deck 12?
They did on QE recently and they came around with water /orange juice and ice cream.
#14
Hampshire, England
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Joined Mar 2008
If accommodated in the Grills I've always preferred afternoon tea while onboard Queen Mary 2. The grills Lounge is more spacious and lends itself more to the occasion than does the 'limited' Grills Lounge on either Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Indeed, on a number of occasions on the latter two Queens I have noticed they've been in danger of 'queuing' to get a seat.
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#16
Hampshire, England
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Originally posted by majortom10
They now serve afternoon tea in the Princess Grill restaurant on QE.

Overspill?
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#17
Staffordshire
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Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by Solent Richard
Overspill?
No new policy the restaurant was very quiet on most days during afternoon tea and was not served in the lounge. There was a sign on a table in the foyer between Princess and Queens restaurants stating that afternoon tea was now served in Princess restaurant.
#18
london
443 Posts
Joined May 2008
I have yet to experience afternoon tea in the princess Grill restaurant as opposed to the lounge and to me it seems a good idea. The lounge on QV is too small to accommodate the Grills passengers en masse so the space of the restaurant appeals. Also I'm not that keen on low tables (iirc) where food is involved. Will hold judgement until after our January cruise.
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#19
126 Posts
Joined Dec 2013
We were crammed into the Lounge area on the QV. I was on a winter TA. There was no option for the deck due to the weather. You had to get there early. I did like the sense of camaraderie the tight quarters created. It made meeting your fellow shipmates a little easier.

My DH is gluten free. Tea is my great pleasure and his nightmare. They have GF cookies in the King's Court. We appreciated it.
#20
United Kingdom
724 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Oh well, when we're next afloat, if this new afternoon system comes across as yet another lowering of the standards of service, then we'll do our own thing. Hoping that we will get a kettle etc in our suite, we can easily beat a path to the self service and get what we want to go with the tea. ALTERNATIVELY, we can make our own hot drinks in the suite and bring our own much loved bikkies from home.