Cotton & Posies

by Carolina Fryer

Afternoon Tea at The Corinthia

On our recent trip back to the UK, the wonderful people at The Corinthia Hotel were gracious enough to treat us to a wonderful afternoon tea. It is fair to say that we jumped at the chance, given our history of fantastic visits to a number of afternoon tea locations both sides of the Atlantic, including Alice’s Tea Cup, and The Cosy Cupboard Tea Room. Summer trips down to Spring Lake and The Scone Pony, which sells some of the best scones I’ve ever experienced, have added another layer of comparison.

Firstly, The Corinthia is an absolutely stunning hotel that oozes class, with a wonderful staff who were attentive and personable from start to finish, from doorman to waitress. The afternoon tea is served in the central hall, beneath a stunning glass chandelier and adorned with vibrant plants, and elegant décor.

The tea began with a bit of bubbly, which was delightful on a warm afternoon. Following that came the incredible array of sandwiches (or tiny sandwiches according to my husband). Ranging from crab in a lemon bun, to coronation chicken on granary bread, and smoked salmon on beetroot bread. All of them were absolutely delicious, with a wonderful combination of flavors and textures.

Then came the tea and scones. The Prince Alexander Blend, made in celebration of England’s first ever rugby victory over New Zealand in 1936, was a wonderful tea with hints of chocolate and caramel. Who knew tea could be so complex, this was a magical foray beyond the world of Earl Grey and English Breakfast. The scones met all expectations, and with authentic Cornish clotted cream and jam, I doubt there is anything that wouldn’t have tasted good.The desserts included little cakes, mousses, and tarts. All were delicious, and we were even forced to take some away with us given how filling the rest of the tea had been.

All in all I would like to say a huge thank you to The Corinthia Hotel for such a wonderful experience in the most elegant setting. An added bonus the afternoon tea is very kid friendly, even for a 6 month old!! I can safely say that anyone looking for a top afternoon tea in London would be thrilled with booking a table here.

*Thank you The Corinthia Hotel for sponsoring this post. This post is sponsored but all opinions and advice are truthfully based on my experience :)

Xo, Care