I love afternoon tea. I genuinely think it is the best food invention, ever. What is there not love? Sandwiches, savoury snacks, scones, pastries and other sweet treats all washed down with lashings of tea and occasionally a glass or two of champagne. It is just food heaven.
Every time I have something to celebrate, no matter how big or small, I always like to celebrate with afternoon tea! My brother getting his PHD therefore was the perfect opportunity to indulge in my favourite foodie past time.
As we were staying at the Leopold Hotel (you can catch my review of the hotel here), we thought we would give their afternoon tea a shot. I have to say, it was a good choice as the afternoon tea was spot on! We ended up getting a bottle of champagne to accompany our afternoon tea, as we were celebrating, plus, the hotel offered Taittinger, which is my absolute favourite champagne, I literally cannot say no to the stuff! Even if my bank account says otherwise!
We started off our afternoon with the perfectly chilled champagne and we ‘cheers’d’ over and over as we British seem to love to do! After a few sips of champagne our afternoon tea arrived. It was served on the traditional tiered stand and contained all the yummy goodness one would expect from a good afternoon tea. Naturally, I started with the savoury selection. There was quite the variety of perfectly cut, bite size sandwiches (they even removed the crusts!). There was cheese, egg, ham, beef and tuna and enough sandwiches for everyone to try one of each. There was also a delicious salmon and creme fraiche blini which finished off the savoury selection nicely. I was pleasantly surprised when the waiter noticed we were running low on savouries and offered to restock them – for no extra cost! naturally we said ‘yes please!’.
Next was the second layer, scones with clotted cream and jam and bakewell tarts. I have often noticed when it comes to scones that everyone not only pronounces the word ‘scone’ differently, but they also approach the whole cream, jam, scone combination differently. Some, including myself are jam then cream, others are cream then jam! Even in my family there is a divide and so ensued the usual debate over which way is correct – if you know, please do share.
The top layer was a pastry lovers dream. Tiny chocolate eclair/profiterole things (i’m not quite sure what they were but they were yum!), the traditional macaroons and a scrumptious lemon posset with rasberry coulis topping. It had just the right amount of sharpness to balance the sweetness already consumed and rounded off the afternoon tea nicely.
We then enjoyed our various teas and coffees before retreating to the terrace outside and drinking some more fizz. It was a truly perfect, and very British, afternoon (tea)!
Do you like afternoon tea? Anywhere you would recommend? How do you take your scones? Jam then cream? Or cream then jam?