Happy Wednesday my loves.
Today’s post is getting me all excited for the weekend again as it’s about something I love doing at the weekends – eating lots and lots of good food.
Not so long ago I booked my and my best friend in for an Afternoon Tea at the Balthazar London in Covent Garden. I searched the Internet for hours and hours for afternoon teas with a bit of a twist. There were tonnes of Disney inspired ones, London themed but never before had I seen a beauty one, so of course I was all over it. I haven’t seen many (if any at all) afternoon teas themed around the beauty world. So, if like me you love all things beauty and everything food, you may be ready to book at the end of this. Get prepared for the drool worthy food.
What caught my eye was that it was Bobbi Brown inspired. With many afternoon teas in London being focused on a theme, I just had to book this one in and was the perfect celebration meal.
Bobbi Brown is a brand I grew up adoring and still love today and fortunately, the tea translated the brands elegance and class.
The venue was one I hadn’t been to before, and now know they are super popular in Covent Garden. The restaurant was quite busy as it was a sunny Saturday afternoon that we went, but we were sat towards the back in a quieter part of the restaurant at the back on the most gorgeous plush red leather sofas. From that moment, I knew the tea was going to be all class and sophistication, which is exactly what I’d hoped for seeing as it was a treat for a friend. Also, it’s good to be prim and proper every once in a while, eh?
I’d seen some pictures of the food on the tea menu before going (I’m one of those who can’t go anywhere without stalking the Instagram and the menu about 50 times beforehand), and it really lived up to what it showed online.
For those who suffer with any allergies such as dairy or gluten, there’s no need to have concerns about this afternoon tea. I know how much of a bummer it can be when they don’t offer free from foods! Balthazar understood my gluten sensitivity straight away and did everything they could to make sure I was happy. They made each of the cakes gluten free, the scones, the bread and also went to the length of giving me my own cream, jam and new cutlery for the scones so I didn’t have to mix it with my friends.
Now, onto whats included because I know you’re all here to drool…
Each of the cakes were made to look like some of the most famous Bobbi Brown products. I know, incredible! They were almost too pretty to eat.
The cakes that were served on my plate were all gluten free and I had a mix of everything. My favourite was the Pecan & Jasmine ‘Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow’ Macaroon – it was heaven in my mouth I tell you. The Blueberry & Lemon ‘Smokey Eye Mascara’ was a thin chocolate roll filled with the most delicious whipped cream. I devoured this in about three mouthfuls I’d say and could’ve happily ate 5 more.
Balthazar took into consideration my sensitivity and swapped the Rhubarb & Ginger ‘Shimmer Brick’ for a mouth-watering gluten free strawberry and cream tart. Whipped cream and fruit on a dessert is my go to, so I was so happy when they brought this little beauty out. Then there was a Coco-Citrus ‘Extra Rinse Balm’ Cheesecake with a gluten free shortbread base. Stupidly, I left this till last and couldn’t finish it but it was so good I took the rest home (naughty, but nice).
The rest of the Afternoon Tea included scones (mine being gluten-free and so tasty) with clotted cream and strawberry jam, followed by a selection of sandwiches, of which I chose the vegetarian option. They weren’t the plain old cucumber sandwiches either. Balthazar whipped up some chickpea and mint, egg and spicy mayo and sweet red pepper fillings. To die for I tell ya.
Of course, the food came with a choice of tea, mine being breakfast (my fave!).
With the deal I originally had planned to get a free complimentary Bobbi Brown lesson. Unfortunately this deal was no longer running by the time we got round to booking it, which was quite a few months later, but instead they gave us a complimentary glass of champagne that was the perfect touch. Again, quite amazing service!
I would totally recommend any food and beauty lovers to come and try this out. It really won’t disappoint. I’d eat it ten times over if I could!
If you’d like to have a look, the Balthazar x Bobbi Brown tea is available to book here. Quite a bargain for a themed London Afternoon Tea to!
Do you have any Afternoon Tea recommendations? I’m always on the hunt for new food spots in London!
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