Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Tea Files: The Conrad Revisited

You may remember the other day when I visited The Conrad St James in London, and unfortunately the afternoon tea wasn't quite up to scratch. Well, I was absolutely delighted when Mario from The Conrad got in touch and offered a complimentary afternoon tea for two for me to try. I have to say, I really appreciate that they got in touch with me as they could have quite easily ignored my review and done nothing. This time I took my boyfriend back as an honorary Tea Files member to try out the treats with me.

As soon as we arrived we were greeted and taken to a lovely table right in the centre of the lounge, where we immediately given two glasses of champagne. Obviously, my boyfriend had mine but he did pretty well, as the champagne was free flowing and he ended up having around six glasses! 

I was really happy to see that we were being given the Glorious Garden afternoon tea this time, and I have to say, I was immediately impressed.

The first course came in the form of a 'vegetable garden', featuring mini vegetables and cherry tomatoes, along with a green pesto mayonnaise in black olive edible soil. It was absolutely stunning to look at and tasted even better. The gorgeous flavours were incredibly fresh and light and made a wonderful contrast to all the cakes and bread we were about to consume. 

Next up were the finger sandwiches. My boyfriend absolutely loved the salmon and coronation chicken, and this time we were offered more so we had extra of them both. I was delighted to see how they had read my comments from my post and had fixed the issues from our last tea. They really made a difference between it being an average tea and being a fantastic one. 

I finally got a snap of the scones this time before scoffing them all like last time! Another brilliant improvement they made was to the chelsea buns. I feel like we may have got a bad batch last time because these ones were plump, fluffy and fresh. The rose scones were just as excellent as last time and I enjoyed mine with jam, cream and gorgeous lemon curd. 

Lastly, the real star of the show arrived. The beautiful garden of sweet treats was brought out, complete with grass, huzzah! 

Everything was absolutely delicious and really well thought out, one of my favourites being the raspberry and orange macarons complete with tiny butterfly. 

On the side were also some lovely little slices of rhubarb and spelt cake. 

I absolutely adore bees, so one of my favourites had to be the honey and earl grey chocolate cake pops! Complete with chocolate crispy on top and tiny white chocolate bee. 

Who doesn't love tiny flower pot cakes? In the pots were carrot cake, chocolate cake crumb and candied carrot on top. 

Beside that was some lovely lavender shortbread sandwiches, which had a really unusual but fantastic flavour. They were a perfect shortbread texture as well. 

I have to say, I was extremely impressed with this afternoon tea and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to go back and try it again. The service was outstanding, with our drinks constantly being topped up throughout the meal without even having to ask. Again, I really appreciate that The Conrad allowed us to return and that they clearly took my notes on board to make it a really fantastic tea!

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