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Recently Lorna and I visited The Chesterfield in Mayfair (London) to try their Christmas afternoon tea (yes, I know we're only just in December but we both LOVE Christmas and wanted to get into the Christmas spirit!).
The Chesterfield is somewhere that we haven't tried before, its a four star hotel located in Mayfair with a Regency style. Until the 3rd January they are serving their Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea....
|Christmas afternoon tea sweets - |
The Chesterfield Hotel
The Chesterfield is a rather traditional hotel and their afternoon tea offering is also rather traditional.
They have a fairly extensive tea menu to pick from, however I was disappointed that we were given only one tea strainer despite ordering two very different teas (one a delicate white tea and one a Christmas spiced tea!). Once we highlighted this error another tea strainer was brought out - but not before both teas were poured through the one strainer!
The first thing to be served was a shot of warm mulled wine....
|Christmas afternoon tea mulled wine - |
The Chesterfield Hotel
Now, I love a cup of mulled wine at Christmas time....but if I'm honest on this occasion I'm not really sure what a shot glass of mulled wine added to the afternoon tea experience.
Next the tea stand was served, which included the sandwiches, scones and sweets.
The sandwiches included:
Roast turkey with cranberry mayonnaise on white bread
Honey roast ham with Cheddar cheese and tomato chutney on onion bread
Scottish smoked salmon with cream cheese on brown bread
Free range egg mayonnaise and watercress on basil bread
Cucumber and cream cheese on white bread
|Christmas afternoon tea sandwiches - The Chesterfield Hotel|
The sandwiches were fresh and well filled, but they were a little uninspiring and not overly Christmassey.
We were offered a refill of the sandwiches, which we declined before moving onto the scones which were served warm (although not covered) with clotted cream and strawberry preserve....
|Afternoon tea scones - The Chesterfield Hotel|
The scones had a distinctively homemade look about them and were rather flat in appearance....however they were incredibly light and tasty. We devoured all the scones very quickly!
Next we moved onto the sweet plate....
|Christmas afternoon tea sweets - The Chesterfield Hotel|
Although you can only see four sweets in this photo, there were actually six in total.
The selection included:
Mulled wine macaroon
Christmas tree chocolate pot
Cranberry and vanilla cheesecake
Festive fruit tart
We were rather underwhelmed by this plate as it lacked a lot of the traditional Christmas items we thought we might see in this traditional hotel. Where was the Christmas cake or mince pie?
The Festive fruit tart was just a normal fruit tart....I'm not entirely sure what was festive about it! The Mulled wine macaroon lacked flavour...in fact the main flavour was almonds.
Lorna enjoyed the yule log and I was pleased to discover the snowman cupcake was in fact a ginger cake, which was well flavoured. The other items were ok, but not memorable.
We were offered additional food throughout our time at The Chesterfield and the service was friendly. However, we were left a little disappointed with this afternoon tea as it lacked a little finesse and a lot of Christmas spirit.
The tea costs £34.50 per person, or £41.50 per person with a glass of bubbles.
The Chesterfield offers afternoon tea throughout the year and previously served a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea. For more information about the afternoon teas on offer visit the Chesterfield website. Have you tried an afternoon tea at the Chesterfield - we'd love to hear what you thought...
Thank you for popping by today,