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Afternoon tea, that great tradition so beloved of ‘les rosbifs’, is given a French twist at the Sofitel’s Rose Lounge. ‘La tea en rose’, as it’s known, could not be more in keeping with the setting
– and ultra-feminine, pink and cream drawing room set off by displays of fragrant roses and the sound of live harp music. Served on a covetable and lovely pink-china tea service (Wedgwood,
naturally), the spread includes four delicate little finger sandwiches (the fillings change with the seasons), Parisienne pastries and homemade scones with rose-scented raspberry jam. The whole
experience costs £28 – or £32 with a typically girly cocktail of Champagne with rose and lychee. The Rose Lounge is one of few venues to serve blends by London’s wonderful Postcard Teas, so savour
A few days later it was time for tea again; I joined Kelly, Shikha and a whole room of bloggers in the very appropriate Rose Lounge for the launch of Sofitel St James’ floral inspired afternoon tea. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, their service throughout the afternoon was impeccable, before the lesson in tea from France’s oldest and largest teahouse, Dammann Freres.From their large selection, I chose the Passion de Fleurs, a delicate white tea with hints of rose, apricot and passion fruit- an ideal pairing for the floral infused pastries. The food itself started a little haphazardly with finger sandwiches...
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