I said recently that I needed to take a break from afternoon tea as I had partaken in a little too many recently but of course when I saw that the St Pancras Renaissance were doing a special Cloudy Bay afternoon tea I knew I had to try it.
Firstly because it is at my favourite place in all of London, if you follow this blog you know that I adore St Pancras and especially the Renaissance as it has sentimental value.It’s a special place for myself and Dan because we spent our wedding night there and got wedding photos done there. You can read about my stay at this iconic hotel here: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
So onto the afternoon tea, Kelly (the afternoon tea Queen) and I met in the beautiful lobby of the hotel where the afternoon tea is served. It is light, warm and has a modern feel in an old gothic building. We were given the afternoon tea menu along with the chosen wines. All of the wines were from the Cloudy bay, a New Zealand wine from the Marlborough region and not being biased at all but we all know New Zealand wine is the best. Kelly and I chose the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.
Our sandwiches came out swiftly and I must say on first glance I was very very impressed. The first thing that caught my eye was cranberry bread, this is not something I have seen before at an afternoon tea. There was a combination of the traditional sandwiches and tiny little bread rolls.
The sandwiches were as follows: Honey roast ham on wholegrain bread, smoked Scottish salmon with crème fraiche, cucumber on beetroot bread, roast beef, horseradish cream on onion bread and my favourite of all egg mayonnaise, mustard cress on cranberry bread. The cranberry bread was such a nice touch and made the traditional egg sandwich another level!
After I had cleared my plate we were offered more sandwiches so I went for my favourite egg sandwich and also the roast beef as both were so delicious I had to have more. Once we devoured our sandwiches it was onto the scones.
We received two scones each, as Kelly is gluten free hers looked very different indeed – bigger! Mine were soft, still warm and were served with strawberry and apricot jam.
The main event was without doubt the sweets. These had been sitting on the tray for the duration of the afternoon tea and all of the colourful sweets kept catching my eye so I was keen to get on with scoffing them!
I started with the Strawberry & pistachio layer cake because it was a bright green colour. This sweet was so soft and melted in my mouth, the pistachio flavour was really mild. I then moved onto the chocolate cake with passion fruit gel which was so worth the calories! I love chocolate and I’m always a bit gutted when it’s left off an afternoon tea menu.
What I loved most about the sweets was just how beautifully they were presented as well. The real surprise was the lemongrass and mango dome which was something I had never tasted before. Kelly’s gluten free goodies looked divine and I admit I was totally green with envy after seeing her mini pavlova.
Overall the afternoon tea was thoroughly enjoyable, St Pancras Renaissance is an iconic venue, the staff were very attentive, we were rushed in any way and the standard of the food and drink was beyond expectations. As we were leaving I took a moment to take in the ambience of the place, it is just such a beautiful building.
The Cloudy bay afternoon tea runs until the 24th of May and costs £45 with a glass of Cloudy Bay wine or £35 without. So get booking in for this very special afternoon tea.
Thanks to St Pancras renaissance for providing us with a complimentary Cloudy Bay afternoon tea.