It has been a while since I've had a nice, relaxing afternoon tea, and what better time to do so than with Emerald Street's Two-For-One Afternoon Tea offer.
After browsing through the list of participating places, we decided on Threadneedles Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel. Based in The City of London, Threadneedles is an Autograph Collection hotel, which was formerly a Victorian banking hall.
Upon being greeted by reception, we were then shown to a spectacular stained-glass, domed lobby.
The English Afternoon Tea launched by Threadneedles was themed to celebrate England’s Great Britons, which include homage to six of the Greatest Britons of all time, as chosen by the British people for BBC2.
Created by Executive Chef Stephen Smith and his pastry team at Threadneedles, the charming tea menu is filled with imaginative recipes in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Diana, Sir Isaac Newton, Admiral Nelson and John Lennon.
The tea includes a choice of three of the six delicious pastries and cakes, created in the spirit of these English icons, served with tea, a choice of fruit and savoury scones, and selection of finger sandwiches: tuna and sweet corn mayonnaise, egg mayonnaise with mustard cress, chicken with whole grain mustard mayonnaise, and smoked salmon with cucumber and soft cheese.
The selection of teas was not quite as extensive as other venues, but they had the standard teas such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast. I went with my usual Jasmine tea.
When our food was served, we played a short guessing game with our waitress as to which cake represented each icon.
Our tummies started to struggle at the second tier, what with all the richness of those cakes, but we eventually devoured all that was laid before us. Except maybe bits of the savoury scones which we both found a tad bit too salty.
Overall a truly fun and enjoyable experience in an elegant setting.
We both left feeling rather satisfied, albeit slightly high on sugar and carbs - what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The Cheekster, signing out x