23 September 2013

Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Connaught

Caroline               Beth

My Alex knows me well. During a recent charity auction at his work to raise money for Starlight Children's Foundation, he decided to bid for something he knew would be right up my street....Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at the Connaught. Something for me to get very excited about as well as it all being for a wonderful cause (the charity I mean, not me!).


I invited my friend Beth along. She's jetting off to to the sun in Sydney for a year and this was the last time I'd see her before she left. I thought it would be a sweet send off for her. 

It turns out that The Connaught Hotel is very grand. In hindsight, I probably should have dressed up a little more than I did but I'd decided to wear my comfy Juicy Couture dress and Kurt Geiger over-the-knee suede boots.


Our glasses of Laurent-Perrier champagne were poured, we ordered two pots of pomegranate tea and awaited arrival of the cakes! 


I couldn't help but let out a squeal of delight when they arrive at the table in all their glory. Beautifully presented pastries, cakes and delicious looking finger sandwiches.


The cakes were very nice - a real mix of tastes and textures. But it was the sandwiches that I couldn't leave alone!  We ended up ordering a refill of the ploughman's pickle with montgomery cheddar cheese and - one of my favourite sandwich fillings ever - the coronation chicken with crunchy apple.

Then more cakes and a basket of scones with cream and preserves arrived!


We worked our way through all of them...and ordered more to take away! 


But I accidentally left them in the ladies toilet. Damn. 

Afternoon tea at the Connaught is a quintessentially British, elegant and lovely experience. The seating area is bright and airy much like sitting in a pretty conservatory. The waiter service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommended!

Full of cake and sarnies, we headed off to the Everyman cinema to see...


....a film that is so awful that it's almost enjoyable. 

If you're planning a cinema visit, I'd definitely recommend going to see Rush instead. Now that's a good movie.

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16 comments:

  1. Caroline, your afternoon tea looks gorgeous! This post is making me long for miniature cakes and dainty sandwiches :)

    Lucy x

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    1. I know, I want to eat them all over again! xx

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  2. Wow your pictures are incredible, I'm drooling. Pomegranate tea also sounds intriguing! Can't wait to (probably drool equally as much and) see the delightful Chris Hemsworth in Rush either :)
    Ella x

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    1. The pomegranate tea was really nice actually! I'd not tried it before! Oooh yeah, Chris Hemsworth....very swoonworthy. x

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  3. Did you really hate the film? She looks pretty good as her in that picture! I happen to think you look gorgeous, and oh my goodness how gorgeous do those cakes look?!

    Katie <3

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    1. Weirdly, I didn't hate it - I actually quite enjoyed watching it but I did think it was badly made and the acting wasn't great either! Thank you hun :) xx

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  4. Ooo I thought Rush was great!! Saw it at Everyman Cinema lounging on a plush sofa with a bottle of wine. Bliss!
    Shame about the abandoned scones though. It all looks so so delicious!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog } Xx

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    1. Ah, a fellow Everyman attendee! I love that cinema so much - their nibbles are second to none! Glad you enjoyed Rush, I thought it was brilliant. Great ending xx

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  5. That's so funny - I saw you post something on Instagram about going to the Connaught, as I'd just been there on Saturday morning. Sadly not for cake, I was helping my florist mum out delivering flowers to a bride to be! I think I'll have to go back there for tea though!

    Rosie xx

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    1. Oh really? I saw that wedding! Everyone looked so elegant and the bride looked beautiful. It's a beautiful venue. I didn't see the flowers unfortunately but I'm sure you both did an amazing job :D xx

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  6. My mouth is watering just looking at those.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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  7. Such a quintessential afternoon tea, you've really given me the nibbles now!!
    I am hankering after some diddy sandwiches and cakes
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

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  8. How amazing - what a lovely experience! Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I'm just sighing at this whole afternoon, those cakes look incredible!

    Hmm maybe...

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  10. Those boots! :O I think I want them even more than the cakes!

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    1. Thanks Lise! I do love them! Have wanted some for ages :)

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