It was several weeks ago now, but as I sit at my dull desk in the depths of another downpour of sleet and showers in Durham I wish I was back at this classic Mayfair spot - The Wolseley, sipping away at my pot of afternoon house blend with copious amounts of delicate and dainty finger sandwiches, scones and petit pastries all beautifully layered on their iconic silver tea stand.
I love everything about The Wolesey, the hints of twentieth century European glamour, antique Edwardian tea pots, crisp linen table cloths, oriental cabinets and the light echo of chatter and cutlery bouncing off the marbled floors and pillars. It is a timeless classic.
Our afternoon tea extravanganza began with an assortment of savoury sandwiches including smoked salmon, cucumber and mint, chicken and tarragon, egg and cress and finally, celery with a spiced cream cheese filling perfectly complimented by the sweet and smokey sundried tomato bread surrounding it. The notes of mint added a fresh coolness to the simple, classic cucumber. After some time nibbling and nattering away our attentive waiter swiftly replaced our empty plate of sandwiches.
Round two - consisting of sweet fruit baby scones nestled under the gleaming bell of our tea stand, all topped with a generous dose of clotted cream and strawberry jam of course!
The star of the show was the Wolseley's mini cakes and pastries - a mini chocolate eclair oozing with chocolate creme patisserie, a decadent layering of pistachio and rose, a bold slice of Battenberg, a slither of silky, creamy vanilla New York cheesecake, a tart slice of lemon meringue pie and a rhubarb frangipan tart.
Each one just as special as the last we were spoilt for choice. Wanting nothing to go to waste, not even a crumb, we set off for Piccadilly circus with our Wolseley branded boxes of finger sandwiches and left over mini cakes, already reminiscing over our perfect afternoon tea at The Wolseley.
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