Anyone ready for Christmas? Of course not – I would be worried if you were. I am, however, always ready for a good afternoon tea. Decadence, after all, knows no season. I was delighted, therefore, to be invited to the London Bloggers Tea organised by Selena at Oh, The Places We Shall Go at the newly opened Conrad St. James Hotel for a preview of their Christmas Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea at the Conrad St. James is served at Emmeline’s Lounge named after Emmeline Pankhurst, a leading 19th century women’s right activist who was instrumental in getting women the right to vote. Ironically, Emmeline Pankhurst like many of the suffragettes of the time would endure hunger strikes in order to get the political establishment to listen to their cause. I expect if Emmeline Pankhurst had been offered an Emmeline’s Christmas Tea she would have been sorely tempted.
Emmeline’s has a modern, sophisticated vibe which is neither achingly hip nor stuffy traditional. The contemporary pieces played on a harp provide a friendly ambience.
For true decadence, the afternoon tea is served in 2 courses – savoury and sweet – together with your choice of tea as well as champagne. The savoury morsels included a brussel sprout and goat’s cheese mousse, venison pastry, turkey balloting and cranberry sauce. Of the sandwiches, my absolute favourite was beetroot and spinach which I found surprising because usually I despise beetroot. To top it off, there was also Christmas spiced orange and cranberry scones – yum!!
I was pretty full after the savoury bites but the sweet dishes were just so tempting. The sweets were arranged in a charming Christmas scene which came with a triangular cloche covering dusted with edible snow. They included a winter berry Christmas tree (with a brownie tree trunk!), snowflake macaroons, a white forest yule log and, of course, more edible snow.
I loved the mini meringue snowmen who just looked silly and happy. How could you not get into the Christmas spirit with these charming faces?!
The Conrad St. James Christmas Tea will be served from November 24th until Christmas itself. Conveniently located right across from the St. James’ tube stop, the Conrad St. James is right near many of London’s iconic tourist destinations (Buckingham Palace, The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey etc.). If you are visiting London in December, this Christmas Afternoon Tea would be the perfect refresher after a spot of sightseeing. Christmas Afternoon Tea is £37 (£45 with free-flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne).