We decided to start 2015 with a look back over the wonderful year that was 2014. It was a special year which saw us become finalists in the UK Blog Awards 2014 and celebrate our first Birthday with a Giveaway, we have been overwhelmed with the support of all our readers. We spent a tea-riffic Saturday at an afternoon tea masterclass with Dominic Teague, the talented chef behind the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired afternoon tea at One Aldwych. We also met Pastry Chef Ji Sun Shin - the creative force behind the amazing afternoon teas on offer at the Ampersand Hotel.
Then there were the afternoon teas themselves.....it's very hard to pick a favourite, so here is a selection of the teas we have enjoyed.....
There was the Cuban-inspired afternoon tea at St Martin's Lane which we enjoyed in January...
|Afternoon tea at St Martins Lane|
We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Rosewood Hotel in February, where they egg mayonnaise was piped into the sandwiches and a Valentine's afternoon tea at Royal Horseguards Hotel which included corset cookies and edible lipsticks!
|Afternoon tea sandwiches at the Rosewood Hotel|
|A saucy valentines afternoon tea at Royal Horseguards Hotel|
In March we played with dinosaurs and edible planets at the science themed afternoon tea at The Ampersand hotel.....
In April we paid The Dorchester a visit to try their rather elegant afternoon tea and we walked the red carpet at the UK Blog Awards 2014 (we even found cake!)....
|Elegant afternoon tea sandwiches at The Dorchester|
|Tea With Me and Friends at the UK Blog Awards 2014|
We tried an edible garden afternoon tea at the Intercontinental Westminster in May and learnt a lot more about tea at the Mandarin Oriental Tea Master afternoon tea in June...
|Edible Garden afternoon tea at Intercontinental Westminster|
|A selection of teas at the Mandarin Oriental|
The sun shone for us in July when we visited Chewton Glen in Hampshire and in August we visited the Isle of Wight for a spot of afternoon tea at Chessell Pottery Barns.....
|Afternoon tea at Chewton Glen|
|Sweet treats at Chessell Pottery Barns|
We visited the zoo in September for afternoon tea at the Marwell Hotel and got our bunny ears out in October for afternoon tea at the Playboy Club in London....
|Afternoon tea at Marwell Hotel|
|Bunny ear cupcakes at the Playboy Club|
We enjoyed individual tea stands in the New Forest at the Limewood Hotel in November and finished the year at the Lancaster London Hotel in December.....
|Afternoon tea at Limewood Hotel|
|Lorna picking her favourite sweet treat at the Lancaster London|
And these are just some of the wonderful afternoon teas we have enjoyed!
We were also joined by some lovely guest bloggers who shared their afternoon tea adventures with us, including Sarika who has shared her international afternoon teas and Nicci who visited The Bentley in London. We like to thank everyone who has contributed to our blog this year, from the guest bloggers who have written articles to the hotels who have shared their afternoon tea creations with us and the pastry chefs who have answered our nosey afternoon tea interview questions!
We would also like to thank everyone who visits our blog, leaves comments for us on our Facebook page or follows us on Twitter - we love hearing from all of you and hope that you will continue this journey with us in 2015.
|Tea with Me and Friends|
Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna