It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the perfect excuse to celebrate and indulge. One of my favourite ways to mark the festive season is by enjoying a seasonal Afternoon Tea, and The Connaught’s newly launched Festive Afternoon Tea is a real treat, full of sugar and spice and all things nice.
With my favourite girls, we were seated in the gorgeous conservatory side at Jean-Georges at the Connaught, overlooking Mount Street, and the stunning Christmas lights as well as spectacular nine metre long Christmas Tree, which has now been unveiled, designed by conceptual artist and Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin.
As is customary with any Afternoon Tea experience, Laurent Perrier Champagne was poured into flutes, we chose our tea, and sat back and enjoyed a catch up whilst awaiting all the treats to arrive.
First to arrive was a Black truffle feuillette as a pre-afternoon tea bite, and it was delectable! I love anything with truffle and absolutely enjoyed this. It was also lovely to have something different to start and added to the anticipation of what was to come.
Then arrived a generous plate of finger sandwiches, one for each of us, which included Cucumber with Greek yogurt, lime and mint in herb bread, Egg & truffle mayonnaise with watercress in onion bread, H. Foreman’s smoked salmon with chipotle, coriander and iceberg lettuce, Roast ham & butternut squash with white miso and black pepper in a walnut bread and as a nod to the season, Coronation turkey with coriander mayonnaise. My favourite was the Cucumber as the lime just elevated the flavour so much more.
The much awaited pastries were a real showstopper!
There was a lovely touch of a Spiced chocolate fondue with the cutest Gingerbread Men biscuits on the top tier, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
On the second tier was a delightful selection of sweet pastries, which included a Chestnut with pear compote and chestnut cream, Orange and hazelnut praline with orange mousse, Coconut
passion fruit jelly with whipped coconut cream, Apple and mince milk mousse with cinnamon streusel and a Chocolate Christmas log with raisin shortbread and caramel tonka crémeux.
As is with tradition with Afternoon Teas, there were plain & raisin scones served with home-made strawberry jam, lemon curd and Cornish clotted cream.
We thoroughly enjoyed the festive-inspired edition of The Connaught’s signature Afternoon Tea at Jean-Georges at the Connaught, and it was a wonderful way to celebrate the most joyous season, and truly magical with the twinkling lights outside on Mount Street.
The savoury and sweet offerings were both incredible and I loved the attention to detail in each pastry, the use of seasonal ingredients to create a twist, and the imagination that has gone into the design and intricate details of the Afternoon Tea. My highlight was the Gingerbread men as well as the Chocolate Christmas Log.
The service was impeccable and the venue is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a festive afternoon tea which is a superb experience, I highly recommend The Connaught’s version. It is magical walking up to the hotel, seeing Mount Street illuminated along the way, seeing the wonderful Christmas tree outside on Carlos Place just in front of the hotel, as well as the beautiful Christmas Tree in the lobby of the hotel, just before you enter Jean-Georges at the Connaught. Its put me in the festive mood for sure.
The Seasonal Afternoon Tea will be served until 1 January 2019.
Monday – Thursday from £65 per person;
Friday – Sunday from £75 per person;
Children £45 Monday – Sunday.
Call: +44 (0)20 7107 8861
Find out more here: https://www.the-connaught.co.uk/restaurants-bars/afternoon-tea/