Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Circumstances: Lonely Planet recommended it. I had already enjoyed many a “high tea” while visiting with June & Gary in Mutare, Zim. I have never done this in the fancier expensive British hotels e.g. in Vancouver, B.C. or Lake Louise. Decided it was time to give it a try.
Ambience: spectacular inside and out.
Service: fit for a queen
Value: well, if anyone had told me that the $25 price tag covered 2 or 3 people, I would have brought in another person. Especially after I was told No Doggie Bags. Any of those annoying street vendors would have been thrilled to join me. They often complain that they’re hungry, or else they want to barter for my Nike’s in exchange for a carved elephant key chain. I’m sure an invite to this hotel would have blown their socks off.
– Would have been good value for 2, and great value for 3. For 1: very poor – especially with no doggie bags allowed.
– Used a teabag
– Sugar was in packets, not a sugar bowl
Food quality: Average at best
– Scones not light and did not taste just-out-of-the-oven fresh
– Most cakes dry
– Bread ordinary
– Cream (for scones) yummy – definitely better than the spray can
– Only one of the little mini-sandwiches tasted special
Would I recommend: yes, for 2 or more people – that’s how special is the setting
How I solved the No-Doggie-Bag problem: Ascertained the waitress (named Nurse) was “allowed” to eat the leftovers, so I gave them to her.