Christmas is a time for feasting, giving, sharing, more feasting, remembering Baby Jesus and let’s be honest lots more feasting. Like clockwork as soon as we hit the twelfth month, guaranteed there is a festive afternoon tea booked in my diary.
The choice of themed afternoon teas in London is incredible and during the Christmas period it all cranks up a gear. This year on the first day of Christmas
my true love Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi gave to me a partridge in a pear tree champagne afternoon tea!
We were invited to enjoy the delights of the Twelve Days of Christmas afternoon tea at the Intercontinental London Park Lane. Served in the elegant and stylish Wellington Lounge of the luxury award-winning hotel with boasts a view of London’s Wellington Arch from every seat. The chic, natural and light interiors embellished with glittering seasonal decorations gave me all the Christmas feels.
With a pianist rolling out all our favourite Christmas tunes from carols to pop (mine is the Fairytale of New York, just in case you were wondering) we were ready for our festive treat.
The afternoon began with a chinking of champagne glasses filled with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, from here it all went rather splendidly.
Every morsel you devour is inspired by the carol the Twelve Days of Christmas – Boy did it make my tastebuds sing!
Like the carol the traditional menu kicks off with a partridge. Not in a pear tree but in mini puff pastry pie. The vegetarian alternative is mushroom, I loved it so much I hankered after a big pie version.
Clearly after something a little strong, my tea blend was a Traditional Karak. A flavoured black tea from Sri Lanka with ginger, peppercorn, cardamom and cloves – The Intercontinental’s take on a masala chai.
In true afternoon tea style we moved onto our next course a round of beautifully presented and rather colourful finger sandwiches. My veggie platter arrived with an open sandwich of pesto and juicy tomatoes, cream cheese and cucumber, beetroot and the most delicious mushroom sandwich I have ever tasted. So much so, we ordered another round as I was adamant Emma should sample the delights.
Anticipating the arrival of our sweet course, the waitress advised trying another tea suitable for the sugary treats about to come our way. I switched to the Spring White with Rosebuds, a delicate and floral white tea from Nepal with the sweet aroma of Iranian rosebuds. Apparently a perfect choice for delicate patisseries.
Two different varieties of hot piping scones made a timely appearance – Plain and cranberry winter spiced. With lashings of thick Devon clotted cream and a choice of either strawberry preserve or orange cinnamon curd – Scone heaven.
Then arrived the piece de resistance, the plate which really got this lady practically leaping off her chair with foodie excitement. The beautiful pastry creations included, a Christmas swan on a lake (aka coconut biscuit) and crémeux; a delectable chocolate and kumquat filled golden goose egg, crowned with golden rings; and the gold star went to the pear tree mousse. Utterly divine and on the right side of sweet, it was definitely our favourite.
Believe it or not there was one more plate to follow of mince pies. Defeated we both refrained.
The service and quality of our relaxed three hour afternoon tea certainly lives up to the five star hotel expectations. This festive treat including a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is priced at £36. Amazing value for London and believe me this Pixie has experienced many. Treat yourself this Christmas while you can, this festive treat finishes on the 5th Jan 2019.
Intercontinental London Park Lane | One Hamilton Place | Park Lane | Mayfair | London | W1J 7QY
Disclaimer: Our afternoon tea was complimentary at the Intercontinental London Park Lane, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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