This summer I went to a charity fundraiser and bought some tickets for the raffle. One of the prizes was Champagne afternoon tea at the Savoy. The voucher expired at the end of the year, but I left it until The Strand was decked out in Christmas lights and the Savoy had included Christmas Chai in their selection. I'm so glad I did!
We arrived about 5, and the entrance was filled with a huge Christmas tree, poinsettia and crystal vases filled with candles. They have a cloakroom, so we were told to drop our coats off and wait a few minutes for our table. I was wearing a blue satin high waisted skirt with a basic black tshirt, both from Primark, with a Dorothy Perkins necklace, New Look shoe boots and wrapped up in a Ted Baker coat. While we were waiting we took the time to have a look at their shop and watch the chocolatiers spray painting edible baubles with chocolate mist.
At 5.10, our table was ready and we walked through the gorgeous lounge to our table, the comfiest sofa ever with a piano playing, a christmas tree and a lovely place setting. We had just started playing 'spot the designer' with the outfits around us when a waiter came over and gave us a box of chocolates and some tea to apologise for the fact we'd had to wait! Lovely service and really added a touch of luxury. I had barely noticed the wait but it was so nice.
Traditional afternoon tea is sweet, and consisted of four courses. After our champagne, we chose the tea we wanted, and it gets topped up for you for the duration. I went with Christmas Chai. The first course is unlimited finger sandwiches- Egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard cream cheese, duck and chicken parfait with chestnut and cranberry, smoked and poached salmon with dill creme fraiche, and cucumber, fleur de maquis cheese and dried tomato. You can have as many plates as you want!
The second course is homemade scones- cranberry or plain, with raspberry conserve, cornish clotted cream and homemade, sharp lemon curd.
The third and fourth courses are as many little, delicate tea pastries as you want. The waiter brings around the selection. I went for a raspberry matcha sphere, with a hidden white chocolate ball in the middle with a fruit purée, and an orange tart. My date had a banana and peanut butter meille feuille, and a passionfruit cheesecake tart. The fourth course is either chocolate cake or creme brulée. I love creme brulée, but I was feeling the chocolate cake...which was served with the most amazing hazlenut cream which was exactly like the middle of a kinder bueno (like a posh, 5 star version!).
After all of this amazing food- which I have been daydreaming about ever since- I needed to walk it off. We walked to Covent Garden to go and see the Christmas lights and for a cocktail.
The afternoon tea is usually £50,00- a bit extra (£52.50) for the savoury high tea. Champagne is extra. I know I won it in a raffle but it was absolutely worth every penny and I would go again. It was an amazing experience, the food was yummy and it is really filling. A perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.