Last Sunday, I did something cool. As a matter of fact, I left my cave of a room in Canary Wharf and travelled west to Hyde Park for the most lovely experience. Me and a few other lovely bloggers were invited to an afternoon tea at The Promenade within the Dorcester, which is a hotel near Mayfair! I’ve got to be honest though… I have never been to a blogger event on my own before the afternoon tea! Yes, never! Can you believe that?! I either always have a plus one or am a plus one myself.
Thus, you can imagine how challenging it was for me.
As my Instagram bio says, I might look super outgoing and chatty, I am actually a bit shy. I am improving though! Furthermore… it is always good to challenge yourself!
And you know what? I did, and I had a blast! There was not much to be afraid of. You say hi, introduce yourself and naturally start to talk to everyone. Bye bye shyness! At least, for this time! ! I was invited to the afternoon tea along with seven other London bloggers that I had been following on Twitter or Instagram! It is always nice meeting the persons behind social media accounts in real life! And have a nice time all together around some delicious food.
Speaking of the food… that’s what we were all for, am I right?!
We waiting for everyone to arrive before starting with drinks! The drink menu was so large, a tea heaven! Exclusive tea blends, specialty seasonal teas, rare and limited teas, black teas, flavoured black teas, green tea, flavoured green teas, oolong teas, white tea, etc. And all your usual hot drinks. I chose one of The Promenade’s exclusive teas blends called “The Dorchester Afternoon Blend”. It is a special blend of single estate teas from Sri Lankan orange pekoe, and specially selected leaves from Assam. It was absolutely delicious! I kept on asking for more! Really, I am not much of a tea drinker but this blend was fantastic!
Onto the food now… We started with a selection of finger sandwiches. There were five flavors – Deviled eggs with mature cheddar cheese on wholemeal bread; Prawn cocktail baby gem lettuce and lemon balm on white bread Baby; cucumber, fig and cream cheese on basil bread; Norfolk Black Leg Coronation chicken on white bread and Honey-roasted York ham with clove and orange marmalade on multigrain bread.
I found the sandwiches super light and very easy to eat. I am quite food lover and when I like something, I like to get more than one. So I got a few sandwiches in each flavour! My favorite was the prawn sandwiches! Loved it so much! Even though I was feeling getting full, I did not feel heavy at all! And I could have eaten some more! They were just too delicious!
Next where some scones – plain or raisin. I am not the biggest fan of raisin or any dried fruits for that matter, but still tried both! And loved them both! Gold, shiny and beautiful on the outside, with an amazing texture inside. I am new to the scone game. Indeed, I discovered them upon moving to London back in 2015… so I did not have much time to experience them all! I tried to bake scones once though… and did not succeed! They are so tricky to make! But delicious with some Cornish clotted cream!
The service was so great. The personnel was always making sure we had enough tea or food, asking if we needed a top up or some more treats to eat. And the food so satisfying to watch… Just take a second to scroll down and have a look at the gorgeous pastries…
I have developed quite a strong love for baking. And no, before you even ask, it has nothing to do with being French. It could have as pastries are part of the French culture. That’s what I grew up with. But no. My love for baking and pastries is actually quite recent… I’d say 2016 when I watched the Great British Bake Off for the first time! What a revelation! I am now a fan!
Pastries, love to make them, love to eat them.
We each got a selection of four miniature pastries. A Quince and yoghurt cake with a Lemon sponge and vanilla mousse; a chestnut and apple choux; a fig and mascarpone dome on a shortbread biscuit, decorated with an eatable flower and gold leaf. And a mint and chocolate cake. The chestnut and apple choux was my absolute favorite! It was so light and airy, a bite of pure happiness. Also, apple is one of my favorite fruit to bake with! Second favorite was the fig dome but all four were amazing treats!
The master mind behind the pastries? The Promenade’s new pastry chef, Sarah Barber. Her style is modern patisserie, using classic flavours in a refined feminine style. She is always looking to push new boundaries of technical skills and create things that taste as good as they look.
Afternoon tea menus are seasonal and change every three months. This menu is available until November! Hurry up if you want to taste it as tables get booked very fast! Not even sure two weeks in advance is soon enough! As I said, the menu changes and is also quite flexible. Indeed, they are very accommodating and cater to most dietary requirements to make sure we can all enjoy some delicious treats and have an amazing time!
Have you ever been to an afternoon tea? And to The Dorcester? What do you think? Tempted?! Already planning a day out with your friends with a stop at The Promenade?
Thanks a lot for stopping by. I hope you liked this post!
See you soon,
*The experience was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.