Friday, 21 February 2014

High Tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

One English tradition I have heartily embraced since moving here, is having high tea.  Or rather having the finger sandwiches, pastries and scones that come with the high tea. So when Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go organised the second London bloggers Afternoon Tea event, I was game. Especially since this one was at the Royal Horseguards Hotel overlooking the Thames.

We had our own private room which, even though Valentine's Day had come and gone, still had a very romantic theme going as the china that was laid out for us had a royally pink pattern and there were lots of red roses, heart shaped chocolates and pink ribbons strewn on the tables and live harp music playing in the background. We started out with a glass of champagne which went down very well with the salmon, cucumber and a tuna choux.

While chef Ben popped in to say hello, I nibbled on a walnut and banana mini cake, a teeny passion fruit curd  tart, and a tiny lemon cupcake which went very well with the pomegranate and elder flower tea.

We finished the afternoon off with the freshest and crunchiest scones I'd had in a very long time and a cup of traditional Earl Grey tea. I ate till I could eat now more and at the end of the session, Chef Ben sent us home with doggy bags filled with everything we didn't manage to eat and a little bag of fresh truffle chocolates. I cycled home, feeling like I would never be able to eat or even see a single scone ever again. Until the next morning, when I had the left over scones for breakfast. Which, frankly, could be an English I could get used to as well.