Thursday, 11 February 2010

Afternoon tea at...Hyatt Regency

http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=3
There was a 25% off deal in January and so we went as a family (well sis-in-law (in pic), bro, my sis and me...) It is located nicely behind Selfridges and is just past the lobby. Unfortunately, in a way, it IS the lobby since the lifts are just there without much separation from where we were sitting. On the plus side, it was very family friendly as there were several little kids around. Also a nice place to waste the afternoon since there is a gorgeous little sofa and fire area which one couple had commandeered. Maybe with some foresight it could be booked, but I wasn't there for the romance ;)

To the tea! Firstly, choice of tea was pretty good. Included the greens, rosebud, but also hot chocolate which my sis-in-law chose. Me, I went for the Assam. The closest thing to PG Tips is basically what I chose to go with afternoon tea. Anything else just feels wrong. Bonus points, it came in a teapot and in leaf form. I'm not a snob, but when it's afternoon tea, unless we're eating in a caff, teabags are just not done.

We started with a little apres-dessert? Is that the word? Surprise course. I love surprise courses. Ours was a raspberry coulis topped with a sort of yoghurt mousse with a sprinkling of pistachio in a shot glass. Yum. The menu otherwise for the cakes is as follows:

- Lemon macaroon, chocolate ganache
- Caramel macaroon
- Chocolate cheesecake
- Strawberry n cream topped muffin
- Fruit tartlet

The sandwiches weren't anything to write home about. The macaroons weren't quality ones and a little rough around the edges. The cakes were definitely better than the Carnaby, however we did get very *creamed-out* Brilliantly, they let us rest for ages before bringing on the scones. These were made fresh for us and you could tell!! They also brought butter when requested and we got to take the leftovers home. Happiness. I'd definitely go again once they changed the menu (it's all about new things...) but will go with friends if they ever come down.

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