Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Connaught

My birthday falls in December so it's always a busy month, what with Christmas too. This year I was treated to afternoon tea at The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair. The Connaught have been awarded the 'Award of Excellence' from the Tea Guild for 2013, so I knew I was in for a treat.

We were 20 minutes early (when are we not..)? but we were taken to our table straight away and welcomed to the hotel. We were offered champagne and given the menu in moments. We were left to decide on our tea selection and also which of the handmade preserves we would like.


There was a lovely "Christmasy" atmosphere in The Espelette with a harpist playing some Christmas tunes. 

The champagne served was Laurent-Perrier which was lovely. I chose the Winter tea, from the Christmas selction. (China black tea infused with orange peeled, cloves, almonds hibiscus & walnuts). The boy went for the Royal Connaught Afternoon. We both went for the Strawberries and Tahitian Vanilla preserve.

So now to the food, the high tea stand was brought out soon after our champagne arrived. The waiter talked us through eat element of the sandwiches and patisseries. I was quite glad, that in true blogger fashion I'd taken photos of the menu, so that I could remind myself of the yumminess of the sweet treats later on. There was a huge selection of sandwiches with a whole separate portion for me being vegetarian, very impressive. 
After we'd enjoyed our sandwiches, we were brought out our scones, served warm of course. There were 2 scones each. One plain and one cranberry, giving a little Christmassy twist to the afternoon tea. I loved the presentation of the cream with the fresh fruit. The preserve was delicious. 

The pastries were lovely, there were 6 which we decided to share so neither of us missed out. My particular favourites were the Lemon Meringue Tart and the Illanka and spiced orange roulade.The flavours were incredible and worked really well.
 

There was so much cake we were brought out some Christmas cake and Pecan and Caramel as well. Somehow we managed to only leave a little, I hate to waste such lovely food, but there was a lot of it.

And then this plate appeared... The Boy had arranged a little surprise for me..
 

From start to finish we were treated like royalty, the staff were extremely attentive and very friendly. I couldn't even pour my own tea, a member of staff kept popping up and doing so for me. What wonderful service. It's a real treat at £55 per head for the Champagne Afternoon Tea. However I believe it's worth every penny. The Connaught is a lovely place to enjoy afternoon tea - I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thank you.

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  1. Glad you had a fabulous tea - I love the hotel, it's beautiful. I haven't tried the tea yet, but it sounds and looks wonderful!

    Rachel
    Tea With Me and Friends

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