The Connaught London

Tea in The Connaught’s relaxed brasserie-style restaurant, Espelette, in the heart of London’s Mayfair is an enlightening experience, not least of all due to the marvellous design of the conservatory. It’s light and bright and you can relax and watch the world go by whilst sipping Champagne or drinking an excellent cup of leaf tea. The choice includes Royal Connaught Afternoon and Espelette Blend, as well as Silver Needle, Lapsang Imperial and Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

Luxury and style are the bywords here and are showcased in the Chic and Shock afternoon tea menu. Finger sandwiches, of course, but with fillings such as smoked salmon with a kick of wasabi cream or chicken with a ‘bite’ of Granny Smith apple, greek yoghurt and chives. Traditional scones are included, but the ‘shock’ is what the additional ones will be, perhaps melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, or fruity apricot. Whichever appears they will be served with clotted cream and a selection of the most wonderful jams by Christine Ferber. The chic pastries that follow are a picture of perfection, and for something a little less decadent, there are slices of ‘proper’ cake to finish with. The charming staff ensure that you have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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Address: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL Tel: +44 (0)20 3147 7100 E-mail: dining@the-connaught.co.uk Web: www.the-connaught.co.uk

Afternoon tea served: Monday to Friday 3-5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 1.30, 3.30 and 5.30pm Set teas: Chic and Shock Afternoon Tea, Champagne (from a choice of three)

Nearest underground stations: Bond Street, Green Park

Places of interest nearby: Mayfair Village, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs flagship stores, Bond Street, Marylebone High

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