The Jungfrau-Victoria is the leading hotel in Interlaken, located pretty much halfway between the stations at Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost. And they do an afternoon tea at the hotel, which is why I’m visiting. Although La Terrace, where the tea is served, is not so busy during the day, you still need to make an advance reservation for the afternoon tea.
There is a wide selection of Ronnefeldt teas available from the menu. I decide to go with the springtime Darjeeling, which is light, very refreshing and has a subtle but elegant hint of peaches.
The tea is served on a three-tier étagère. On the top tier are the scones. First off, I commend the Jungfrau-Victoria for offering two plain and two sultana scones. Because I positively detest sultanas! Also, they don’t make the mistake here to pretend that they serve their scones with clotted cream. Instead, the menu says that they are served with crème double, raspberry jam, and marmelade. The scone you have after the sandwiches and before the sweets.
The second tier has the sweets.
While the third tier has the savouries.
Of course, we start with the savouries: cucumber and vegetable sandwich on white bread.
Trockenfleisch with Swiss cheese and fig on wholemeal bread.
Smoked Salmon and cream cheese on white bread.
And an interesting creation of olive, caper, cheese and smoked meat.
And a mini club sandwich.
The sweets I have last. We have a macron of vanilla cream.
Chocolate with more chocolate. I am really not complaining.
Mini cheesecake with raspberry coulis.
Exotic passionfruit slice.
In summary, I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised by the afternoon tea at the Jungfrau-Victoria. I would say it’s one of the better ones, if not the best, I’ve had in Switzerland. The quality of the food is very good, and very fresh. And the combination of flavours was interesting and worked very well!