Have you ever been invited to something by one of your best friends that makes you feel truly blessed? Well that’s what happened to me this week!
My friend whom I fondly call ‘Rooms’ invited myself and three others to London for the day to have afternoon tea at nine other than Claridge’s. Yes that’s right, Claridge’s.
Rooms and I met back in 2006 via a previous job. We became friends and would always be roomies on trips away, she put up with my snoring and introduced me to good food, good times and good friends!
It was so lovely to be invited and I of course agreed straight away!
So five of us got on a train armed with Buck’s Fizz and pastries!
Once we got there, we decided to get some lunch as afternoon tea wasn’t until after five. We decided on the absolutely stunning NOPI.
We ordered lots of sharing dishes and a few main courses and we got to try so many lovely things! I’m still trying to introduce more fish to my diet so we tried the hake and the sea bass. When food is cooked with love and care like this, you can’t help but love it!
Oh and the toilets are fabulous!
After lunch we went and looked around some famous shops such as Fortnum & Masons and Liberty of London. If I had lots of money, I could certainly get used to shopping like this!
But soon it was time for tea!
Off to Claridge’s we go!
What an absolute delight! We were sat by these beautiful Art Deco doors and couldn’t resist a photo!
The team were so helpful and caring towards us, we felt completely relaxed!
They checked our dietary needs and tea and sandwiches soon appeared!
Delicious!! I had my own little plate of sandwiches because I’m a little picky! I had ham, egg, chicken, cream cheese and cheese and chutney- wow. I’m not normally a huge fan of cheese but I throughly enjoyed these beauties!
Next it was time for a firm favourite: the scones:
Instead of jam they had a fruit jelly.
It was a tasty change from jam and was extremely good!
Our scones were freshly baked and we had a mixture of plain and fruit.
Although by this point I was fit to burst, I simply had to make room for these:
Look at them. Beautiful! My favourite was the chocolate cake, with it’s delicious mousse like filling!
The tea was constantly refilled, and we were offered more sandwiches, Scones and champers!
For me, when I was invited, I thought that this was a once in a life time experience, and it certainly blew my expectations out of the water! I was with an amazing group of women, and was made to feel welcome and comfortable in a place that I have only ever read about, I hadn’t even contemplated that I would ever go!
Now I’m looking back on this day and thinking why did I feel that I would never go here? If I want to go some where or do something then it’s up to me to make it happen! I had such a wonderful day and it has made me more determined to make time to treat myself and my wonderful friends more.
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Where is your favourite place for afternoon tea?