Christmas time is the perfect time for a spot of Afternoon tea. I’ve had a voucher for afternoon tea burning a whole in my pocket for a while now so I thought it would be the perfect chance to catch up with a friend and test the capabilities of my new camera (canon 650d). Most know the Metropolitan hotel for the Met Bar which used be an exclusive celebrity hangout and Nobu. London has a multitude of places for Afternoon tea so the Met wasn’t immediately on my radar, however I was very impressed on their modern take for the festive period.
Running around 20 minutes late I was slightly worried that we would have less time to eat, however I needn’t of worried as when we arrived the lounge was relatively quiet. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly waitress who showed us to our seats (by the window for a bit of people watching) and were given two glasses of champagne.
The Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea at the Met is a collection of sweet and savoury foods. To start off with we were served a lovely glass of warm eggnog with a hint of brandy and bourbon. It was the first time I have had eggnog and it was delicious!
The Winter Warmer Tea was made up of two parts:
Gourmet turkey, pork stuffing and cranberry jelly roll – Interesting flavour, quite meaty.
Smoked salmon and haddock parcel served on spelt bread with dill cream cheese, garnished with oscietra caviar
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this as I don’t like smoked salmon but I really thought the haddock inside was tasty and went really well with salmon.
Home-made Lancashire cheese quiche with a hint of tomato relish – Light and fluffy and the tomato relish was a sweet touch.
Warmed fig topped with stilton and wrapped in Parma ham. - This I couldn’t really enjoy as it was just too much of a strange combination for my tastebuds.
Chestnut biscuit topped with a cranberry and quince jam - Quite a strong cheesy flavour, but lovely.
Raisin Scone – slathered with cream it was divine, I do love a good scone!
Gingerbread cupcake with rum cream: by the time we finished this we were stuffed! Absolutely Gorgeous.
Mince pie: We’ll we both don’t like mince pies so I took this home for my mother enjoy
Chocolate and hazelnut opera cake: This was so smooth and rich, my favourite dessert from the menu.
The choice of teas on offer were: English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chamomile, Jasmine , Fresh Mint, Fresh Ginger & Manuka Honey. We both decided to opt for the English breakfast tea as we didn’t want something that would overpower the rest of the flavours.
Overall we both really loved the Winter Warmer afternoon tea, and by the end we were absolutely stuffed to bits! Value for money and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something different for a girly catchup this Christmas.
The Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea is available to book through Lime and Tonic for 30 pounds.
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