Festive Afternoon Tea at The Connaught Hotel (London)

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Near the beginning of this festive season (yesterday), I took my parents to festive afternoon tea at the Jean-Georges restaurant in the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. Besides a smaller venue earlier in the year, this was the first time this year that I have been able to enjoy afternoon tea. The Connaught's afternoon tea has been on my list for awhile, and their festive afternoon tea offering looked nice this year. This afternoon tea is a little more dear than some of the other venues.


First up, we had the champagne, Laurent Perrier Brut. My mother does not drink, so they made her a mocktail instead, and she said that this tasted like strawberry. We also ordered our teas, and I tried the Darjeeling, which was my favourite and a blend called 'Marco Polo', described as having a velvety taste, although I found it to be a little bitter.




Unfortunately, they had over-booked the area due to some late lunches taking place, so we got sat beside the main door. I was actually surprised that we did not have a piano playing for us (or any music, in fact). I think that this let the experience down.



We had the sandwiches first. This included a black truffle brioche (pictured above), which is a flaky crust filled with a truffle. This tasted amazing.


We had a selection of sandwiches, but these were not the same as the original menu, but the menu has since been changed. The sandwiches that we had were cheese, egg mayonaise, aubergine, turkey, and salmon.


Next, we were served the scones and pastries. The scones were a mixture of raisin and plain with clotted cream, strawberry jam, and lemon curd. These scones were delicious and amongst the best that I have had for afternoon tea in London.



Mulled Wine Pear has a white chocolate snowflake on top with smaller 'glittery' snowflakes. It contains pear mousse and biscuit with mulled wine jelly. 


The one with the holly is a chocolate-orange offering with orange jam, chocolate ganache, and cinnamon cream.

The one with the dark chocolate tree is a black forest with chocolate mousse and cherry jam and a biscuit base.

My favourite one was the Chestnut Tart, with the deer antler chocolate on top. It is made with chestnut puree, vanilla chantilly, and blueberry jam.


The candy cane peppermint stick one is not peppermint at all. It tasted of coconut and is made of almond praliné and coconut mousse.


On the top tier, we had gingerbread men with a dipping chocolate sauce (chocolate fondu), which I thought tasted like chocolate orange.



The lobby of the Connaught has a beautiful tree.



I wish all my readers a great start to the festive and Christmas season.

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