Restaurants Reviews

Afternoon Tea (Christmas Preview) at the Conrad St James

I can’t believe I’m using the words “Christmas preview” on this the first day of October. Or that I’ve now listened to festive Christmas tunes played on the harp already. But I have and I loved it. This past weekend I attended the latest instalment of the “London Bloggers Tea” at the recently opened Conrad St James. It was lovely to get to finally to meet some of the bloggers I read daily in person, as well as see some old familiar faces!

There are two things that I’d especially like to commend the Conrad St James on; the first being their excellent savoury course. Usually during teas, I eat my sandwiches happily, but I’d really just getting through them in order to justify stuffing my face with sweet treats. Here, I thought the highlight of the afternoon was the playful and inventive savoury selection. From brussel sprout salad mousse, to turkey ballotine, to venison puff pastries to beetroot sandwiches it was all exciting to eat. I don’t even really like beetroot and I found the sandwiches delicious!

The scone course was a Christmas spice scone and a orange and cranberry scone. I loved the blackberry cream that I piled on underneath my clotted cream.

And then came the cakes and pastries and the Conrad St James presented a true winter wonderland. everything that you see on the dessert tray was edible. From the snow to the Christmas trees. I especially enjoyed eating the winter berry Christmas tree and the yule log. (If I’m going to be picky, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the meringue snowmen. They looked cute but they weren’t the tastiest. )

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The spectacular looking set up!

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I really loved the turkey ballotine.

That’s the beetroot sandwich on the end – I highly recommend it!

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Did I mention that there was a harpist playing Christmas music?! (And Disney theme songs!) I adored him.

dessert presentation
Just take a gander at the inventiveness of this presentation!

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Just look at all that attention to detail!

christmas tree pudding
The inside of the tree was delicious, especially when eaten with it’s brownie base!

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And a special macaron thank you gift from the Conrad St James!

Afternoon Christmas tea starts at £37 per person and endless Champagne tea at £45. (Which is a bargain for the latter!)

The hotel is located on Broadway St, SW1H 0BH


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