It was a dark and stormy day. Two bloggers braved the sheeting rain and dodged puddles as they made their way to the wilds of Paddington for an afternoon tea, relaxing after busy weeks. They (eventually) slipped into the hotel entrance (cleverly disguised by being called Roseate House) for an afternoon of cosiness.
I was meeting with the one and only Country Mouse Claire, as a late, late birthday catch up (for her – not me, even I don’t have the courage to claim that months afterwards – six weeks is my limit so far).
We fancied somewhere a little special, something with a bit of charm but nothing too overwrought. Luckily, as we had braved our way through the cold, dripping rain, and were cold and, er, drippy, we were welcomed in.
I don’t really associate Paddington with much other than the eponymous bear from Peru and the station – so it was interesting to turn another corner and espy another facet.
It was a lovely afternoon with Claire as they ever are, as we recounted the adventures past and chatted through a few future ones, and sipped our way through their afternoon tea.
We began, as tradition with finger sandwiches; I enjoyed the Lapsang Souchong smoked salmon and lemon cream cheese; beetroot bread Daylesford organic chicken, tarragon mayonnaise, curry bread; Suffolk honey roasted ham with caramelised red onion on granary bread; pickled cucumber, crème crue De Normandie on basil bread and Burford brown egg, mayonnaise and watercress on white bread.
Traditional, with fine ingredients and snaffled within seconds. Claire enjoyed their vegetarian selection – and I have to admit to a bit of food envy.
I’m not sure why this post needs two scone images, but there you are.
Polishing them off, we nibbled our selection of macaron…
…then nibbled at the chocolate cardamom and cherry tartlet, coconut mousse and mango entremet Earl Grey eclair.
It was a well executed, classic tea at Roseate House – though we did giggle when the other table asked to change their flavour of tea halfway through, and had a very grudging response. It was a lovely room, in a nice boutique hotel and would definitely suit taking someone for a special occasion.
And then as we left, we realised that twilight had fallen.
Have you enjoyed a nice afternoon tea recently?