So in my last post I talked about how I decided to take a bit of a hiatus from blogging in January….
However, I did manage to squeeze in a trip to the Wellesley Hotel for some afternoon tea. Trying to find a place for afternoon tea close to Christmas is a bit of a mission. So we took a bit of a gamble with The Wellesley but it definitely paid off! The hotel is a fairly new addition to Knightsbridge and is situated next door to the Lanesborough Hotel. Decorated in an art deco style this place is all about detail, elegance and luxury.
We arrived on a windy and wet Sunday evening to be greeted by staff at The Wellesley and were shown to the beautiful Jazz lounge. Not having had the chance to check the rooms out before we had booked I was blown away by the opulent and luxurious interior, especially the larger than life chandelier ( bling bling)!
After we had settled into our seats the waiter explained to us the various types of tea and we were given the chance to test their aromas. I opted for a black tea which had vanilla notes. This proved to be a good choice to counter the sweetness of the pastries.
Courtesy of the chef we received a surprising and very tasty extra, a strawberry pannacotta.
The afternoon tea was pretty extensive – we enjoyed a selection of homemade finger sandwiches, assorted pastries, warm raisin & plain scones homemade preserves & clotted cream. While we took tea we were quietly serenaded by a pianist.
For 35 pounds we thought the afternoon tea at The Wellesley was definitely worth every penny. Staff were very attentive and we had as many refills of our teapot as we needed. We couldn’t even finish the array of pastries that we were given, luckily we got to take the rest home in a goody bag!
One of the best things about living in London is the plethora of places to eat and shop. London food discoveries is a new thing that I am adding to the blog – short and sweet I hope you will enjoy these posts enough to give these places a try.
One of my recent London food discoveries is the Upsy Daisy Bakery and tearoom in Hammersmith. Last saturday a friend took me to there for spot of tea and cake.
The bakery sells the most scrumptious and unusual cupcakes which are available to takeaway or try in their small but perfectly decorated tea room. We tried the earl grey and lemon and chocolate flavoured cupcakes, washed down with some lovely vanilla tea.
Upsy Daisy Bakery also offer a fabulous range of afternoon teas staring from 6 pounds for a cream tea. its definitely a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the area and have some time to kill.
My younger sister recently celebrated her 21st birthday and to celebrate I spontaneously decided to take her for a spot of afternoon tea last Sunday. Since I left it to the last minute to book all the usual options for afternoon tea like Claridges or The Dorchester were out of the question. However I was able to find that the Sheraton Park Towers Hotelin Knightsbridge was available for afternoon tea. Upon arriving at the hotel, unable to gain access through the front entrance we realised that the hotel was undergoing quite a bit of refurbishment. Going through the car park and into the building, I could see why, the interior of the hotel is definitely stuck in a bit of 70’s time warp so it will be interesting to see the changes when it is finished.
Afternoon Tea guests at The Sheraton Park Tower can choose from three very different tea rituals: British Afternoon, the quintessential British afternoon tea; Oriental, a delightful fusion of Chinese and Japanese traditional tea ceremonies; and Tisane, offering an array of herbal and fruit infusions.
As the lounge was closed for refurbishment we were led to a table in the Piano Bar which overlooked a pretty terrace. We opted for the British afternoon tea which was made up of smoked salmon, cucumber and cheese sandwiches, scones and clotted cream and an assorted array of pastries. For tea I decided to play it safe by going for earl grey and my sister went for the oolong tea.
The bar was quiet and we were able to have a relaxed catch up while stuffing our faces. Our tea was kept constantly topped up and the staff were friendly. The afternoon tea itself was pretty tasty and by the time we arrived at the pastries I felt like a stuffed pig. Even though the hotel seems to be undergoing some refurbishment it didn’t really affect our time there and I look forward to trying tea again there when the hotel has finished its renovations.
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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