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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Time for Tea.....Grosvenor House Hotel

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Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends.

This month the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Hotel launched a special new afternoon tea to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. We've visited Grosvenor House Hotel before and loved their afternoon tea treats and brilliant service and so when we were invited back to try this new afternoon tea feast we jumped at the opportunity!

Park Room - Grosvenor House Hotel

Situated overlooking Park Lane with big windows, the Park Room is the perfect setting for a spot of afternoon tea. The room is spacious and comfortable and very welcoming - and the staff are all really friendly and professional, they have the perfect balance! And if you happen to be facing the window you'll have plenty of opportunity for people watching! 

Afternoon tea setting - Park Room - Grosvenor House Hotel

This is a seasonal afternoon tea and each of the afternoon tea treats has a link to the Queen. The feast begins with a homemade raspberry soda, which is light and refreshing and looks so pretty....

Raspberry soda - Park Room

Once we had enjoyed our raspberry sodas and picked our teas from the extensive tea menu the afternoon tea stand was brought out to us. The stand includes finger sandwiches, scones and of course the selection of pastries and sweet treats.

The colours on the stand are fresh and pretty and the sweet treats include a lot of seasonal fruit.....

Afternoon tea stand
Park Room, Grosvenor House Hotel

The sandwiches include a coronation chicken, a cucumber with minted butter, a really good ham sandwich and a prawn with Marie Rose sauce. In addition to the finger sandwiches, which are fresh and well made, there are two open sandwiches - smoked salmon, cream cheese and prawn and a egg mayonnaise.

Finger sandwiches - Park Room, Grosvenor House Hotel

Open sandwiches - Park Room, Grosvenor House Hotel

I really enjoyed the prawn and salmon open sandwich and also the prawn and Marie Rose sauce (can you tell I love prawns!), but if I am honest all the sandwiches were really well made and the bread was fresh. The filling was generous in each sandwich and we were offered more if we wanted them.

Once we were full of sandwiches we moved onto the scones, which were served with clotted cream and the choice from six different preserves (there really was something for everyone!). 

Afternoon tea scones - Park Room

Afternoon tea scones

The scones were fresh and a good size. They looked a little over-baked, but appearances can be deceiving and these were scrummy! They were light and fluffy on the inside and crumbly on the outside - perfect!

We were given plenty of cream and preserve to accompany our scones, and we could have had more scones if we had wanted them.

Finally we got to the top tier of the afternoon tea stand - the sweet treats....

Afternoon tea treats - Park Room, Grosvenor House Hotel

The treats included a chocolate biscuit cake, a strawberry and white peach pavlova, a cherry and Dubonnet jelly, a raspberry and jam shortbread and a Dundee cake made with honey and apricot. 

Each treat was a good size, the ingredients were fresh and the flavours well balanced. Lorna really enjoyed the chocolate biscuit cake (which apparently is a favourite of the Queen) and I thought the strawberry and white peach pavlova was divine! We both really liked the raspberry and jam shortbread - the raspberries were tangy and went well with the shortbread base.

Again, we were offered more sweet treats if we wanted them and during the afternoon tea our tea was refilled regularly by the attentive staff.

Just when we thought it was all over we were invited to take a look at the cake table in the middle of the room. We could each pick something from the table to either enjoy in the Park Room or take home with us to enjoy later. The table was full of cakes such as lemon drizzle cake,  Victoria sponge and a big jar of macaroons.

Cake table - Park Room, Grosvenor House Hotel

The table was also full of the most amazing flower display.....

As we were both pleasantly full from the feast we opted to take our cake home with us. 

This afternoon tea costs £42.50 per person, which for the quality and amount of food on offer is great value. The service at the Park Room is also brilliant, everyone knows the afternoon tea menu really well and can offer advice about the tea menu. All in all a lovely afternoon tea!

I'd like to thank Grosvenor House Hotel for their hospitality. Please remember that although we enjoyed a complementary afternoon tea on this occasion it hasn't effected our taste buds, and all opinions expressed in this article are our own.

If you'd like to know more about this afternoon tea feast pop by the Park Room website.

Have you enjoyed an afternoon tea recently? We'd love to hear all about it - leave us a comment or get in touch over on Facebook!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

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