I rarely turn down the opportunity for tea and cake, and recently I had the chance to take my mum along to sample an afternoon tea with me. The fabulous folk at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair invited us down on Mother's Day to explore the hotel and give their current menu a try.
I love hotels. There is something so indulgent about staying in a nice hotel, from watching TV in a spacious, cosy bed to the delights of a long bubble bath (in a bath that you will never have to clean). I also love nothing more than having a nose around in hotels, which is exactly how we started our Mother's Day jaunt. We were given a little tour, from seeing the entertaining spaces (I was lusting after the chandeliers) to checking out a couple of hotel suites with living rooms, huge beds and walk-in-wardrobes.
After some exploring and chit-chat with other bloggers and their mums it was time for tea. As afternoon tea menus in London go, it's actually very reasonably priced. £24.95 per person for a full tea, or £34.95 for extra sandwiches and a glass of fizz too. It's served in the Avista restaurant at the hotel, a light and airy setting where you can relax and take time over your tea in comfy chairs. The hotel itself is handily located just a stone's throw from Oxford Street and Bond Street, so you can tie in your trip with a spot of shopping – any excuse, right? The table setting was perfect for Mother's Day too. Everything is served up on Wedgwood china in the iconic Wild Strawberry pattern.
As we tucked in, the chef explained the seasonality of the menu to us. The team make small changes throughout the year depending on what's in season. Cucumber and salmon are a permanent fixture though – it just wouldn't be a quintessential British tea without them. My other favourite sarnie option was the chicken and tarragon which was really creamy with just the right amount of tarragon to help it stand out. As for the cakes, we really were spoilt. From a miniature Crème brûlée and fruit tart to the mango mousse cake and chocolate eclair, the desserts were spot on. Oh, and I almost forgot the lovely warm sultana scones with clotted cream, berries and sweet lemon curd! I took home a little scone recipe book so I will have to give them a go myself.
It was great to see some of my fellow bloggers too – mum and I shared a table with Kristabel of I Want You to Know and Lucy of Shiny Thoughts. I don't manage to get to so many events these days as the day job takes up so much of my time, so having a little afternoon out was heavenly. We left the boys in the pub and managed to wangle a door-to-door lift from dad to finish the day. What a treat.
Where is your favourite afternoon tea in London?