We all know that I like a good afternoon tea. But this afternoon tea was truly one of the best afternoon teas I have ever had. I was in afternoon tea wonderfulness. Floating on an afternoon tea cloud… all the way to afternoon tea heaven.
I could end the review there.
But I shan’t.
|The stunning Winter Garden at The Landmark|
The Landmark was originally built in the 19th century, to celebrate the golden age of steam (I had no idea either.) It used to be called The Great Central Hotel and was designed to accommodate all the new worldly travellers that would now be pouring into London from the also newly built Marylebone station..
|I have been wearing my brown hat rather a lot recently.. thank you MBosh|
There is stacks of amazing history behind this hotel, but one of my favourite titbits is the fact that in 1908, The Landmark hosted a ‘Welcome Back From Prison’ breakfast, for Mrs Pankhurst and the other Suffragettes.
|Organic egg mayonnaise and mustard cress * Free range corn fed chicken with tarragon crème fraîche * Lapsang Souchong smoked salmon * Classic cucumber|
But back to the tea.. we (I went with Dust. He shall be known as D. Because I say so) sat in the gorgeous Winter Garden and were brought menus, pink champagne (Drappier Rosé) and a gorgeous and quintessentially English selection of sandwiches “we will continue to re-fill your plate…” I heard.. and our eyes glazed over.
I had managed to find the only ‘all-you-can-eat-luxury-afternoon-tea’ in London.
|Pink champagne = giggly (yet still very well behaved) Poppy|
We selected our tea from the menu and opted for The Landmark Blend – ‘an exclusive blend of the finest Assam and Ceylon teas with a subtle hint of real Bourbon Vanilla’
D had some more sandwiches.
|The Landmark Blend – the amazing roof of the Winter Garden is in the reflection..|
The tea was delicious. The vanilla was very subtle but was beautifully fragrant.. and it really did complement everything else were eating.
D had more sandwiches.
I didn’t. (He really is a very impressive sandwich eater.)
We were then brought a stunning selection of pastries, cakes and scones.. and I think I may have squealed (very quietly, coz I was at THE LANDMARK) with excitement…
|Warm freshly baked raisin and apple scones with Cornish clotted cream, homemade strawberry preserve and lemon curd|