Delighting Your Guests: Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s

Claridges, LondonYesterday I talked about the afternoon tea party organised by Genius.

Today I want to tell you about the remarkable contribution to this tea party made by Claridge’s: the French pastries.

Claridge’s expert staff had created some very sophisticated cakes for this tea party:

  • beautiful raspberry and rosewater macaroons: girlie pink, packed with raspberries and cream, and decorated with a rose-petal and a single dew-drop of sugar syrup. So lovely…
  • dainty fruit tartlets with a pastry case: a variety of fruits and cream in an excellent gluten free pastry case (I didn’t ask whether they’d used a Genius recipe for the pastry – I wish I’d asked!)
  • and tiny chocolate Ondulay cakes. I don’t know what an Ondulay cake is, in technical terms, but who cares? This was an outrageously rich, dense mouthful of chocolate cake.

Delectable. Amazing. And gluten free. So it can be done…

Based on our experience yesterday, Claridge’s offer a wonderful afternoon tea: with champagne or without, it’s going to be an experience to savour. So if you ever want to treat yourself to afternoon tea at a prestigious London hotel (or even treat someone else – but make sure you go as well) this is the one to go for.

Naturally, this will have to be as a very special treat – Claridge’s isn’t cheap. But it will be worth it. Just be sure to tell them in advance that you’re gluten free.

And, to seal my (unrequited) love affair with Claridge’s: I begged for one of the leftover gluten free pastries to take home for my coeliac daughter, who was, of course, at school in Cheshire, eating a baked potato for her school dinner, as she does every day, not in central London drinking champagne (the things I have to do for her!)

The lovely Claridge’s staff provided a dozen.

That’s the way to win an admirer for life.

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Lucy

Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

2 thoughts on “Delighting Your Guests: Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s”

  1. Thanks for such a delightful report, it really did sound like the perfect afternoon tea!

    I would love to try it sometime if they really are accommodating – but how much would I have to save first, I wonder?!

  2. Hi Fi

    More details about their afternoon teas are here: Claridge’s afternoon tea.

    I notice that the online reservation form has a space for outlining dietary requirements, such as gluten free, so that’s good too.

    But saving up would definitely be required! I gather that there is a trend in the north-east for girls celebrating their 18th to come down to London for an afternoon tea with their friends. Quite a treat, but you’d have to add in travel costs as well!

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