Whilst on holiday in Las Vegas, we decided to look up the options for afternoon tea on the strip. The Mandarin Oriental came out on top. This was apparently the best afternoon tea that the strip had to offer……and so off we went on one very hot and balmy afternoon in July!
When we arrived we were firstly very taken in by the decor, which was very fitting for The Mandarin Oriental enterprise. We went into a lift to take us up to the Tea Lounge, where we were met first of all by a beautiful gold thatched wall and an electronic friend, who was highly entertaining!
We were then greeted by a hostess of the human variety and taken to a stunning table with floor to ceiling views of the strip.
To start with, we had a pot of Golden Assam tea which was the best flush of Assam that I have ever had; and was made even better by the fabulous China service that it was served in, along with crystallised sugar which was amazing attention to detail so that everything looked beautiful.
We then had some very tasty sandwiches and some exquisite pastries, all of which looked too good to eat! The scones were soft, fluffy and fresh and again the attention to detail was second to none, as the scones were sat inside a white cloth on a hot stone to avoid them becoming cold and keeping them lovely and warm when eaten.
Overall, this was a luxurious afternoon where the service was impeccable and every last detail from the decor, to the table setting, and the food had been painstakingly thought about to make sure everything complimented each other to make for an amazing experience……..and on the way in or out you could always treat yourself at the Moët and Chandon vending machine!
During a very sunny Bank Holiday weekend we decided to have a leisurely lunch at Barbecoa next to St Paul’s Cathedral. This restaurant was very sleek, modern and had spectacular ceiling height views of St Paul’s itself to admire at your table.
I had a spring vegetable salad to start, which was delicious. It was fresh and full of flavour from the accompaniments and from the way that the vegetables had been chargrilled.
I then had a Barbecoa burger which was again very tasty. The accompaniments are again what made this dish stand out, particularly the gem lettuce with dressing and the pickled onions.
To finish I had the caramel tart with honeycomb. The tart was amazing and had a good strong caramel taste with a slight smoky note, which elevated this dish from just a normal tart to a lovely polished dessert.
Overall, this was a very tasty and fulfilling lunch made even better by the good value price of £35 per head for a three course meal and a glass of prosecco or G & T.
Well worth a visit.
Behind the shops of New Bond Street lies the Mews of Mayfair. A modern and funky spot to go for cocktails, lunch, dinner or in our case, afternoon tea!
We happened to have a Time Out voucher for this particular tea, which made this experience very good value at £45 for two people including a glass of champagne each. The food was tasty and very fresh which was evident from the lovely soft breads/rolls for the sandwiches and the crisp, warm savoury tarts that were also on offer. The staff were very attentive and were happy to refill anything that we wanted, which is always a bonus! The selection of teas on offer were also good quality and well sourced; the English Breakfast tea was a lovely fragrant but punchy loose leaf tea which was perfect for two people that like a good strong brew!
The smoked salmon open sandwich was very tasty along with the chicken brioche buns……unfortunately there isn’t a picture of those as they were too yummy!
Lovely warm and creamy sweet potato savoury tart.
Fabulous fresh pastries. The chocolate cake was by far our favourite.
Overall, the Mews of Mayfair is a perfect place to spend a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of the London shops…..before hitting the streets again!
Till next time….. 🍰🍰🍰
The Savoy Afternoon tea – The pastries provided with this tea were exquisite, particularly their macarons.
Cutter and Squidge, Soho – The sandwiches, cheese clouds, biskies and marshmallows are definitely the tasty highlights of this London tea shop.
The Ivy Brasserie, Cobham, Surrey – Whatever the time of day, The Ivy is sure to tickle your tastebuds! The seared tuna, steak dishes and the Chocolate bombe are particularly good, not to mention their cocktails, different blends of tea and ice cream floats.
The Sea Lane Cafe, Goring by Sea, Worthing – This cafe on the beach serves excellent breakfasts, cakes and spectacular hot chocolate after a bracing walk along the sea front.
…..And so here’s to 2018 and lots more afternoon teas and treats to blog about!
Happy New Year! 🎉
Over the last couple of years we have been out for dinner on Christmas Eve, in order to fill ourselves with Christmassy contentment before the big day itself. Unfortunately every year so far, we have been completely underwhelmed. I therefore decided to book The Ivy as a last ditch attempt to start Christmas off with some sparkle.
There was a warm buzzing atmosphere to the restaurant and we were seated in a lovely little cosy corner to ourselves to enjoy a cocktail or two before our meal. The waitresses were also very attentive and efficient, without making us feel like we were being rushed.
For the beginning of our meal, we started with sourdough bread which was freshly baked and had the most amazing sour taste to it. We also had some arancini which was filled with lots of Parmesan and truffle, which were again very tasty and you could really taste the truffle. I have had a few things with truffle before, but could never really taste it and have therefore always thought what was the point of using the ingredient! – these arancini were not a disappointment. Our mains consisted of seared tuna and steak, both of which were cooked to perfection. To finish, we had a creme brûlée and some chocolate truffles with The Ivy’s afternoon tea blend, which was a lovely end to our pre-Christmas meal.
Overall, this meal was full of style, flair and most importantly – taste. From what the menu described for each plate, is exactly what you recieved and every ingredient had the fullest of flavour. I shall definitely be revisiting for other occasions, and perhaps to try their afternoon tea at some point!
(Unfortunately there are no pictures with this post as I was too busy getting into the Christmas spirit and tucking in to all of the tasty food!)
Merry Christmas! xx
Monty Bojangles, Reigate, Surrey
A fabulous truffle shop in Reigate high street which is best for chocolate truffle crumpets, pancakes and waffles.
The Tea House, Reigate, Surrey
A quaint tea shop which is great for sweet treats and good varieties of tea (they have Assam which is my favourite!). Their salted caramel chocolate cake is also particularly tasty.
Gorgeous Gerties, Dorking, Surrey
A vintage gift shop and cafe which is best for homemade cake and tea (Assam and lots more besides!). The cake is fresh and different every day. The chocolate orange jaffa cake is particularly satisfying.
Cocoa Loco, Horsham, West Sussex
Locally produced chocolate shop and cafe which is best for chocolate buttons, pralines, salted caramel truffles and epic brownies all washed down with a milk chocolate hot chocolate!
Sea Lane Cafe, Worthing, West Sussex
Best for fabulous hot chocolate with sea views.
I was quite excited when I discovered that a version of The Ivy in London was going to be opening in the leafy suburbs of Surrey. When researching a booking further, I found that the menus at this new establishment were surprisingly extensive; serving everything from breakfast to brunch and afternoon tea to dinner. We opted to go for a leisurely Sunday brunch…….and we were not disappointed.
When we arrived the building from the outside is very unassuming, painted in a dark green colour which you could quite easily drive past without noticing it. However, when we entered the restaurant we were greeted by a team of very glamorous and immaculate hostesses who took us through the restaurant which popped with colour and amazing art work and out into a magical garden oasis where our table was waiting for us.
We ordered steak and truffled chicken with the most fabulous tasting eggs all washed down with peach iced tea and a childhood favourite – an ice cream float! Everything was really tasty and the service was excellent.
The desserts were also very decadent, and I would highly recommend the chocolate bomb. This dessert had so many different tastes and textures all served up in a very dramatic ice cold, grey slate bowl. The wow factor continues with this dessert when the waiting staff appear with a jug of hot caramel sauce to pour over the chocolate dome in the middle of the plate, which then unveils the many ingredients underneath. I’m just annoyed I didn’t get a picture of this, before this perfectly plated dessert turned into a big yummy puddle!
Overall, this was a great experience to have in the heart of Surrey and is somewhere to go for any occasion, whether it is for a lazy weekend to eat and read the papers, or to treat your loved ones on a special occasion.
On my next visit, I think the afternoon tea definitely has my name on it!! Watch this space!