A once in a lifetime experience! Our London friend could not meet us today, so she surprised us with tickets for dinner and a show. We collected our tickets and walked down Picadilly to the Ritz, where Stuart was suitably dressed by the cloakroom attendant, so that he had a jacket and tie in which to dine.
The glamour could be rather overwhelming, but it is all beautifully done, very relaxed, and it works. We met a Japanese bride being photographed at the entry, other guests arriving for afternoon tea or dinner, plus of course those people staying there. The ladies cloakroom was all pink and cushy!
Having been appropriately dressed we simply waited in comfort for the dining room to open, then joined other early 'pre-theatre' diners choosing from a limited menu.
Have you ever sat in a dining room like this one?
The menu was well balanced,
with good choices for people like me with dietary restrictions …
Moet champagne was part of the arrangement …
and the food was excellent!
Even the butter was special, marked with an R, and delicious!
We were tickled pink by all that spoiling, and we did appreciate it as a piece of theatre, with staff in their uniforms and us dressed up for our parts too, with mirrors hiding the exits and kitchens so that it was all a fantasy world, of gilt and silver, fine manners and silks, another world all of its own. We enjoyed how the waiters played their roles, and were genuinely charming and pleased when we were pleased, a fine evening indeed.