I attended the #LDNBloggerstea at the Lancaster Hotel in London recently and not only was a great opportunity to meet other bloggers it was also a good opportunity to drink Laurent Perrier champagne and eat delicious sandwiches, scones and sweets in a gorgeous location and have a lovely afternoon tea.
We arrived at the location which is right by Lancaster Gate tube station and is so close to Hyde Park just in time for the champagne to be poured, after a few introductions we were taken into a room (via paparazzi) where the afternoon tea was to be served that overlooked Hyde Park, it was so spacious and was decorated for Christmas too with a lovely tree and goody bags underneath.
After taking photos of pretty much everything it was time to sample the champagne and enjoy it with some specially chosen food. Apparently rose champers goes well with strawberries and terrine which I can vouch for too! Ashley who was there on behalf of Laurent Perrier was super knowledgeable about all of the champagne and gladly topped up our glasses so we could keep trying more!
It was soon time to sit down to the afternoon tea. With an introduction from Chef Ben (who is awesome I might add) we read our personal menu before tucking in to the sandwiches. First of all it was cucumber followed by egg and wild cress (my favourite) and I feel bad but I didn’t attempt the salmon I’m not into sea food at all. The sandwiches were accompanied by wild mushroom, chicken and tarragon targets and a roast beef filled yorkshire pudding. Both of these were really tasty and went quite well with the sandwiches.
After more champagne the warm scones came out and more introductions were made from Chef Ben about these yummy scones before his famous hash tag became a reality #letsgetsconed. There were three varieties of scones. First up was the plain then raisin and then a special christmas pudding scone. All of these were super soft and unbelievable still warm until the last bite! They were accompanied by home made strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream and a special Lancaster London marmalade which I thought was pretty darn good!
The finale was the sweet bites and I honestly didn’t know how I would fit them in after the sandwiches and scones but of course there is always room for sweets! So again after another introduction from Chef Ben we got stuck in to the passion fruit and raspberry macaroon, caramel and hazelnut tranche, apple and honey cupcake, lemon fruit tart and my favourite which was the white chocolate and raspberry lollypop. The sweet treats were a great way to top off an extraordinary afternoon tea put together by Chef Ben and the team. The sweets were no doubt my favourite part of the afternoon tea.
After our tummies settled from the delicious afternoon tea we were taken for a tour around the kitchen by Chef Ben and he informed us that before he arrived not long ago they were doing around 3 covers a day for afternoon tea, they are now doing 500 a month! Numbers don’t lie and I can see why. The afternoon tea was truly delicious and in a great location so close to Hyde Park, literally steps!
|Spotted in the kitchen|
After this is was time to draw some prizes, there were 5 winners who got tea gifts and one winner who walked away with the £130 worth of champagne from Laurent Perrier and the lucky winner was….ME! How lucky am I? I was so stunned when Chef Ben called out my name but very happy with my prize!
Special mention goes to Melanie from Sunny in London for organising this fabulous event, it was clear how much time and effort it took to get 25 bloggers in one room for afternoon tea and for organising some lovely goody bags filled with mini champers, tea, biscuits and jam.
Another mention to Ashley from Laurent Perrier for the lovely drinks and lessons on wine and food.
Chef Ben and the team at Lancaster London Hotel for putting out such a great afternoon tea and having impeccable service throughout the whole afternoon. The afternoon tea cost is £30pp or £40 with a glass of champagne.
Looking forward to the next #LDNbloggerstea.
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