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Afternoon Tea with Mum

Being a full-time-member-of-society-got-my-own-house-now-person has its perks. Namely that I can order takeaway whenever I want without judgement, I can go to bed in the middle of a Saturday if I feel like it and I can leave my bedroom as messy as I please. On the downside, I don't get to see my family as much as I used to. So, after my mum returned from an Italian mini-break we decided to meet up over tea. Afternoon tea, to be precise.



Apparently, Afternoon Tea was invented by the seventh Duchess of Bedford who, unable to bear the excruciating wait between lunch and dinner, demanded a plate of sandwiches and cakes be brought to her bedroom each day around 3pm. My kinda girl.

It turns out that Hatton Garden in town has been hiding somewhere that does an excellent afternoon tea- The Richmond Hotel. 




Step through the flag-lined facade and pass reception and you'll enter the dining room, a step back in time to a era I was born too late to be a part of.The theme is very much monochrome with white leather seats, dangling black chandeliers and 'statement' wallpaper. The best bit? A waistcoat clad gentlemen sits in the corner, tinkling away chilled-out versions of your favourite songs on the piano (he was playing Toploader at one point).



The Afternoon Tea starts, as all great things in life, with prosecco and a big pot of tea (fruit, herbal or coffee if you'd prefer) before the main event arrives.






On the bottom row, sandwiches. Bite-sized and crustless, very dainty. Our favourites were the chicken and bacon and the smoked salmon. Mum enjoyed the egg and cress but I was too much of a wimp to try it. We politely munched our way through the sandwiches all the while eyeing up what we'd really come for. The mini desserts.




Scones, Clotted Cream and Jam
Chocolate and Pistachio Delice
Blackcurrant Macaron
Lemon Meringue Tart- so fresh and zesty- one of my faves.
Cherry and Vanilla Battenburg
Mini Banoffee Cake- Our winner!

We were very kindly invited to try the afternoon tea as guests but you can get the whole thing for £23.95pp. It was a very relaxing and (for us), a very sophisticated end to the weekend and we sat for hours chattering away, catching up and keeping out of the cold.

x








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  1. This looks amazing and isn't somewhere I had thought of going for afternoon tea! One to add to the list!

    Ruth // www.ruth-writes.co.uk

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