I’ve definitely saved the best for last this festive season and once again, the Festive Afternoon Tea at The Connaught has been truly magical and the perfect way to celebrate the most exciting time of the year. So much so that I think I may make this an annual tradition.
The festive edition of The Connaught’s Afternoon Tea offering is truly delightful with a fantastic selection of Head Pastry Chef Nicolas Rouzaud and Executive Chef Anshu Anghotra’s creations to devour from start to finish, perfectly paired with a celebratory glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée champagne in the stunning venue, Jean-Georges at The Connaught. It is Christmas after all 😉
While we sipped on our Champagne admiring the vibrant lights twinkling from this year’s Connaught Christmas Tree designed by artist Sean Scully behind us on Mount Street, the most incredible Pre-Afternoon Tea bites of Truffle and Comte Cheese Fritters arrived.
I really had to stop myself from asking for more being a Truffle lover as I wanted to save space for what was still to come having glanced at fellow diners’ stands!
Our next course to arrive were the Finger Sandwiches and I had opted for a Vegetarian selection which was fabulous. Favourites included Cucumber with Greek Yogurt, Lime and Mint in Herb Bread, Egg & Truffle Mayonnaise in White Bread and I was also pleasantly surprised by the Shitake Mushroom with Chipotle Mayonnaise.
The next treats we devoured were the Scones and we had a selection of Plain and Wholemeal Raisin Scones accompanied with home-made Strawberry Jam, organic Mandarin and Vanilla Jam and of course, Cornish Clotted Cream.
I sit in the cream first camp and loved how fluffy these scones were!
The penultimate tier were the Pastries with classic festive flavours and superb delicate and very intricate designs. We indulged in a Christmas Log with Passion Fruit Jelly and Tonka Chocolate Crémeux, Blackberry & Chestnut Bauble which was Chestnut Cream and Blackberry Mousse on a Speculoos Biscuit, an Orange and Cinnamon wreath with Orange Sponge, Cinnamon Cream and Candied Orange, a Hazelnut and Vanilla Mousse Reindeer with Hazelnut Praline and Shortbread, and finally a Coconut Lime Gel and Coconut Mousse with White Chocolate.
The pièce de résistance was the top tier of the stand – a delectable Chocolate Fondue served with the cutest Gingerbread men!
So fun and festive and I love how unique and different the offering is to others.
If you are looking to book a Christmas themed Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Festive Season I can wholeheartedly recommend The Festive Tea at The Connaught. It is my favourite this year with a very generous selection of treats to indulge in. Every aspect of the experience is incredible, the service impeccable and the venue, just stunning!
The Connaught’s Festive Tea is available until 1 January 2020 and costs from £75 per person.
Find out more here: https://www.the-connaught.co.uk/restaurants-bars/afternoon-tea/