Paddington the movie comes out this Friday. Are you planning to see it? I am gagging to go. In preparation for the movie which is bound to have me bawling my eyes out at the thought of leaving London next year, I have dragged BLC on the Paddington Trail and have watched the trailer many times. I’ve had Stephen Fry’s narration of the audio books on my phone for ages (seriously worth a listen to) and am basically just in love with this little creature. Needless to say, one wasn’t going to turn down an invitation to review the Mandarin Oriental’s Paddington Bear themed Christmas afternoon tea. Thankfully my sister in law was more than happy to join me last week.
Below is a short version of what I’ve written for the High Tea Society.
“…Set in a stylish and contemporary backdrop, we were in for a wonderful afternoon with fantastic service, no detail spared.
The afternoon tea began with a selection of sandwiches, including goats cheese with pumpkin and onion confit (our favourite), smoked salmon, and a very moreish turkey and cranberry, all served on freshly made bread.
These were followed by Christmas cake, cranberry and plain scones. We were impressed by the scones which came with strawberry jam, rose petal jelly and lemon curd. The Christmas cake was remarkably light.
And to the final event, always the course to win us over, our favourite pastries, among a fine selection were the Find my Teddy crunchy brownies with banana compote and Jivara milk chocolate chantilly and Paddington’s marmalade sandwiches – a rolled sponge with orange marmalade and ginger candy. However, the shining star among the sweet treats was the Paddington pot made with saffron honey brule, pear and quince compote which had a (pleasantly) surprising tang to it, giving the dessert a wow factor.
The tea comes from the Mandarin Oriental’s selection curated by the East India Company, one of London’s finest tea suppliers. We chose a variety of teas throughout the setting, both being pleasantly surprised when we asked them to serve us their favourite teas – one a gyorku Japanese tea, the other a tropical white tea which smelled absolutely heavenly.
In summary, this is a gorgeous afternoon tea, set in beautiful surroundings looking out to Brompton Road below. The service was excellent; the food flawless and for what is dubbed as a Christmas afternoon tea, it only has a slight hint of Christmas to it, making the occasion memorable but not in your face. We would highly recommend the Rosebery – the Mandarin Oriental Group has very much kept this London afternoon tea in line with their exceptionally high standards around the world.”
Needless to say, we adored this and I am so glad we went. I really don’t wish to offend anyone here, but Christmas tends to grate on me, so it was good to attend a Christmas afternoon tea that wasn’t overly Christmassy. The Rosebery is such a beautiful setting and the service was really fantastic. One to recommend to kids of all ages, and also the afternoon tea connoisseurs of the world.
We were guests of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The Paddington Afternoon Tea costs £48 per adult, £28 per child.
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park can be found at 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom. Nearest tube station is Knightsbridge.