What is it about the combination of oestrogen and sugar that just works? It’s as if an inflammable chemical reaction occurs, giving rise to an explosion of new friendships, working relationships, and satiated stomachs. Can you imagine then how much hubbub went on at the swanky Conrad Hotel when nearly 30 zealous female bloggers got together? I couldn’t imagine. And so I decided to find out for myself by attending this quarterly event for the first time, kindly arranged by Selena.
The London Bloggers Afternoon Tea
And now I’m going to say what independent career women at my stage of life are never meant to say – I was nervous. Nervous about walking into a room full of strangers and being able to converse without any shy awkwardness. But I needn’t have felt any apprehension because from the minute I arrived, I found my fellow bloggers to be friendly, enthusiastic and approachable with a shared love of writing, blogging – and cake! I also finally got to meet one of my most favourite bloggers, the lovely Kelly from Around the world in 80 pairs of shoes.
A Christmas-themed afternoon tea at the Conrad Hotel London
We were fortunate enough to be previewing the Christmas afternoon tea that will be launched by the hotel towards the end of November just in time for all you festive fiends to get your celebrations off to a calorific start! I can’t say I’ve ever celebrated Christmas as early as September before but attending this event did make me feel better about lusting over the 2 for 1 mince pies already on sale at my local supermarket!
Our feast included a plate of savoury snacks, including venison puffs, turkey ballotine with pistachio and cranberries and Brussels sprout mousse – something I safely thought I’d never contemplate eating but it was strangely appealing. I liked the selection of sandwiches, which included a smoked salmon with lemon crème fraiche option and beetroot and spinach option, which I enjoyed but I wasn’t sure how easily I’d have been able to distinguish the flavours had I not already known them.The perfectly sized scones had a lovely consistency and came in two festive flavours including Christmas spice and cranberry and orange but again with the Christmas spice scone, I felt the flavours were just on the subtle side. Perhaps I’m just an all or nothing kind of gal, who knows?
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Most of us were blown away by the beautiful Christmas display of pastries and cakes. Like something straight out of a fairytale nativity scene, Chef Zoe and her team treated us to stem ginger-flavoured macaron snowflakes, chocolate marshmallows illustrated with reindeer, decadent mini Swiss rolls and a stunning Christmas tree filled with raspberry mousse on a base of chocolate brownie. And, in a real twist of genius, the entire pastry platter was gluten –free and tasted fabulous, even for those of us who love stuffing our faces with bread.
I’ve not been to a Christmas-themed afternoon tea before but for anyone visiting London in the festive period, this would be an ideal indulgence to get you feeling festive. I found myself humming to “Let it snow” on the bus home, much to my own embarrassment thanks to the magical melodies being played by the live harpist. With several weeks still left till Christmas, how will I contain this newfound Yuletide excitement?!
Disclaimer: I received a discounted afternoon tea at this blogger event but I was never requested to write a review and chose to do so because I was so impressed by the tea we were presented!