A few weeks ago, I treated my mum to afternoon tea at Claridge's as a belated Mother's Day treat. We went to The Dorchester for the same occasion last year, so it looks like this is becoming a little tradition in its own right (and believe me it's one which I'm more than committed to upholding!) I'd been to Claridge's for the John Frieda event back in February and was so overwhelmed by what I saw that I couldn't wait to go back (well, if it's good enough for Mulberry!) The hotel is an opulent Art Deco jewel in the heart of London (it sits just off Bond Street), and their afternoon tea has got to be one of the most elegant tickets in town. Here's how we got on...

 The amazing Art Deco surroundings of the Foyer, where sittings of afternoon tea are held every day.

The menu!

Hands down, the best sandwiches I've ever eaten.

All sorts of sweet goodies! Claridge's have their own special jam called Marco Polo jelly which is infused with tea- perfect for spreading on scones!

Finally, on to the patisserie, which was just perfect. This fruit tart was my favourite (and pretty guilt free because it technically counted towards my five-a-day....!)

All in all it was a lovely afternoon and I'd definitely suggest treating yourself if you've got something special coming up- the service is faultless and the food delicious. I can't wait to go back!

Have you ever been for afternoon tea at Claridge's? And are there any rituals you have to celebrate special occasions?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

10.04.2012- Time for Tea

A few weeks ago, I treated my mum to afternoon tea at Claridge's as a belated Mother's Day treat. We went to The Dorchester for the same occasion last year, so it looks like this is becoming a little tradition in its own right (and believe me it's one which I'm more than committed to upholding!) I'd been to Claridge's for the John Frieda event back in February and was so overwhelmed by what I saw that I couldn't wait to go back (well, if it's good enough for Mulberry!) The hotel is an opulent Art Deco jewel in the heart of London (it sits just off Bond Street), and their afternoon tea has got to be one of the most elegant tickets in town. Here's how we got on...

 The amazing Art Deco surroundings of the Foyer, where sittings of afternoon tea are held every day.

The menu!

Hands down, the best sandwiches I've ever eaten.

All sorts of sweet goodies! Claridge's have their own special jam called Marco Polo jelly which is infused with tea- perfect for spreading on scones!

Finally, on to the patisserie, which was just perfect. This fruit tart was my favourite (and pretty guilt free because it technically counted towards my five-a-day....!)

All in all it was a lovely afternoon and I'd definitely suggest treating yourself if you've got something special coming up- the service is faultless and the food delicious. I can't wait to go back!

Have you ever been for afternoon tea at Claridge's? And are there any rituals you have to celebrate special occasions?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)