High Tea at the Connaught

The first time I went to London, I knew that I wanted to try high tea. And not just any, but an all out, all the pomp my heart could desire high tea. After reviewing everything available in the city, I decided on the Connaught. Intimidatingly fancy, it nevertheless was the grand, quintessentially-English experience that I'd wanted.

 
 The spread: Round 1. Tea: Silver Needles, a white tea with peach aroma

The spread: Round 1. Tea: Silver Needles, a white tea with peach aroma

 The top tier. Woops, didn't even realize that the creme puff was toppled until after photos. Chocolate cake; Choux with black currant jelly; ??

The top tier. Woops, didn't even realize that the creme puff was toppled until after photos. Chocolate cake; Choux with black currant jelly; ??

 Yuzu pastry, filled with raspberry, and topped with sesame brittle; Strawberry cheesecake; and Green tea chocolate with raspberry and cream inside. 

Yuzu pastry, filled with raspberry, and topped with sesame brittle; Strawberry cheesecake; and Green tea chocolate with raspberry and cream inside. 

 Bottom tier: finger sandwiches. Cucumber with Goat Cheese on Olive Crostini; Egg; Tomato Pesto; and Smoked Salmon

Bottom tier: finger sandwiches. Cucumber with Goat Cheese on Olive Crostini; Egg; Tomato Pesto; and Smoked Salmon

 Once you are done with the sandwiches, the tray is removed, and fresh scones with clotted cream and jam are brought out. You are allowed to pick from a small list of jam flavors. My choices were strawberry and mango. 

Once you are done with the sandwiches, the tray is removed, and fresh scones with clotted cream and jam are brought out. You are allowed to pick from a small list of jam flavors. My choices were strawberry and mango. 

High Tea the Connaught London
High Tea the Connaught London
 At the very end, more cakes are brought out. Unfortunately, I was bursting full at this point, and only vaguely remember that at least one of these was in part rose flavored? 

At the very end, more cakes are brought out. Unfortunately, I was bursting full at this point, and only vaguely remember that at least one of these was in part rose flavored? 

 

Date: August 2012
Camera: Nikon D40