I love tea. I drink it on a daily basis. I also love sweets. So being in England and getting to enjoy the two at teatime daily is a real treat for me. While I am completely content with a basic tea I always enjoy treating myself to a full tea when in London. Those of you that have been around the blog for some time likely remember my post on Tea at the Connaught from 2008. Well, when in one of my very favorite cities a week ago Melissa and never like to turn down a luxury so we opted recreated that original post.
Melissa and I had a busy day in London and were happy to put our feet up come 4:30pm while enjoying tea. We strolled in and were immediately seated a table near the entrance of the restaurant which also meant prime people watching.
We opted for the "basic" tea. The first round of our tea included a platter of sandwiches and pastries. My very favorite sandwich was the olive bread with a savory spread. I think Melissa and I each ate at least three of these, if not four. The wonderful thing about tea at the Connaught is that the platters of goodies are constantly refilled if you wish. This can be both a blessing and a danger. Since we opted for a late lunch and were skipping dinner, this was a blessing for us.
The actual tea selection was somewhat overwhelming for both Melissa and I. I just can never decide if I want, black, white or green tea!
After much debate I finally opted for a the well known "Royal Connaught" blend which was a black tea. Melissa was more adventurous and went for a white tea with a peach undertone.
Her teapot was almost twice the size of mine. Apparently, the Connaught staff missed the memo that the Duchess of Dallas, as Melissa and Paul named me, drinks tea like water. They kindly replenished my pot at least once. They certainly take care of their customers and are quite attentive! A+ for service.
After we stuffed ourselves with sandwiches and sweets it was time for scones. There were two varieties, a plain and then an orange berry.
Of course each scone variety required the proper toppings. The Connaught gives you the option to pick various fresh jams to try. We could not decide on two so they brought us three. I loved them all, but Melissa was not a fan of the rose. While the jams were delightful the best part of the scone condiments was of course the clotted cream. No clotted cream is as good as fresh clotted cream in England!
Of course tea time required a mini photo shoot:
If this photos do not sum up our time together I am not sure if any will!
Tea at the Connaught did not disappoint. I have been going each time I am in London over the past 11 years and it just keeps getting better and better!