Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Conrad London St. James for the #LDNBloggersTea

Today was my third of the #LDNBloggersTea's organised by the lovely Selena from Oh the places we will go. I've attended the Royal Horse Guards Hotel, The Milestone Hotel, and now the Conrad London St. James. Formally known as the Intercontinental Westminster. It's recently been 'transformed' into a Conrad hotel, and I have to say it's rather beautiful. 

We were greeted by friendly staff who swiftly offered us Champagne or Elderflower Fizz, and then we were shown to Emmeline's - a spacious area in which to enjoy our Afternoon Tea. We found our seats, familar faces and new friends to make, that's the beauty of our bloggers teas, you'll easily talk to people and make friends. We all have at least one common interest and that is blogging!

The staff at the Conrad had set out an Afternoon Tea at one of end the room - which just looked fabulous. What an amazing idea - how did they know that us bloggers would love such an opportunity to just photograph the afternoon tea without having to resist the urge to dig into the gorgeous looking food.


 Next we were given menus to peruse.


We were then asked for our tea orders. We could choose from the whole menus worth of Tea (hooray)! The Conrad didn’t do things by half, yes the effort to give individual tea pots is far greater. But the effort is most definitely recognised, and very much appreciated.


 I went for a Vanilla Black tea, which I really enjoyed. It was a really lovely subtle vanilla flavour mixed with black tea, which isn’t something I’d usually go for, but I would certainly order it again. I didn't add milk, which for me is unusual.

Soon enough the cake stands arrived at our table. The savouries on the menu include - Brussel Sprout shot, Turkey ballotine and Vension bite with a serving of cranberry sauce. The sandwiches contained some rather lovely fillings - Smoked salmon & lemon crème fraîche, Cured gammon & mustard , Beetroot & spinach.

As a vegetarian I was brought a individual selection of savouries and sandwiches which was very impressive. I had a Brussel sprout shot like the meat eaters. It may sound horrific but was amazing – a smooth mix of Brussel sprouts and goats cheese topped with a teeny tiny salad – a sprout leaf. It was just the cutest. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it, they say don’t they? I also had a caramelized onion pastry and a goats cheese and Mediterranean vegetable ensemble. I also had a lovely selection of three sandwiches (which was more than enough), what a wonderful selection of savouries.


Moving down a layer - the scones. We had two types of scones - your traditional with a hint of Christmas spices and Orange & Cranberry - the perfect Christmas combination. To accompany the scones we had generous portions of Devonshire Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam and Blackberry curd, which I have to say was incredible and that's coming from a Jam Lover!


 

 Next up was the bit we'd all been waiting for - the Sweet Treats. I've never seen anything quite like it and I've been to a fair few Afternoon Teas. Here we have edible snow, and a Winter Wonderland of delights. At this point I'd like to point out that the entire selection of sweet treats is gluten free. 

I was sitting with the lovely Kelly from aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com and this was music to her ears. I've been following her blog for a few years now and know what difficulties she has encountered when trying Gluten-free teas. We spoke to Chef Zoe about this, and she said that it just made sense to make the entire selection gluten free. It means that all of the sweet treats are made to perfection, and the team are able to concentrate on one set of desserts. Great work team!


 


The cakes and pastries included - Winter berry, Christmas tree, Chocolate orange Battenberg present, Snowflake macaroon, White forest yule log, Christmas postcard marshmallos, Mini meringue snowmen(!)  and edible snow. (Yes you read that correctly edible snow, there we definite fork tracks in my snow.


 

Everything that I tried was just lovely, but I didn't quite manage to try everything as I was feeling rather full. The attention to detail is very apparent - the team have worked really hard on this one. Not only that but the flavour really shines through too. Therefore Afternoon Tea at The Conrad is quite possibly one of my most favourites. 



I don’t usually get into Christmas early, in fact doing anything remotely Christmasy in September is usually against anything I would ever do. But the #LDNBloggersTea was the perfect oppourtunity for Chef Zoe and her team to try out their Christmas Afternoon Tea which she told me they started working on back in July. Oh goodness - I forgot the harp, a few Christmas carols,Disney tunes and some classics filled the room. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Conrad London, St. James is available from November 24th and will run for a month until Christmas Eve. It will cost £37 per person or £45 inlcuding free flowing Laurent Perrier champagne. And lets face it if you're going to treat yourself to Afternoon Tea you may as well go the whole hog and enjoy free flowing Champagne!

Thank you for reading. x

*Disclaimer* I paid a slightly discounted rate for this Afternoon Tea as I was attending the #LDNBloggersTea, all views are my own.
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  1. It sounds utterly scrumptious!

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    1. It really was Emma, shame you couldn't make it, but definitely see you soon. Thank you for all your comments xx

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  2. Really good review Sarah. I hadn't realised that the whole sweet board was gluten free. They were so thoughtful weren't they? I will definitely go back. Great to see you again. X

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  3. Thank you, Sarah. I know quite impressive isn't it?! I guess, to be honest, it saves a lot of extra work. Yes, you too. See you soon, look forward to seeing your review of The Galivant. X

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