It’s my daughters birthday and I have her all to myself. I feel so lucky to be spending quality time with the woman I love most in the world. We decided to have Afternoon Tea at The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire in their elegant and beautiful Library. Flowers and cake are a bit of a theme this year!
Where is that birthday girl, Rosie pug?
We have birthday flowers galore. I can’t wait for Charlotte to see them!
Meanwhile on Charlotte’s bed…
More flowers arrive. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Morning! Happy Birthdaaaay!
Make a wish! Charlotte’s guilty pleasure is a shop bought iced bun
These homemade cupcakes went to work the day before…
Presents were opened to delighted and excited noises.
P e o n i e s! Our very favourite. You might have guessed..!
We had a lovely stroll through the walled garden of the Four Seasons Hotel. I dream of a walled garden. In it I’ll have fruit, veg, herbs and flowers. Just a dinky one would do…
In the meantime, this one is doing very nicely.
We enter the Four Seasons hotel and are greeted by the hotel dog Oscar. We would have him join us but he was a very good boy and stuck to reception and the lobby.
The flowers here are always impressive.
Time for our Afternoon Tea. Our waitress puts a box of tea leaves on the table. I love this! I think I smelt every one but my decision was easy, what a clever and charming way of picking your tea.
We both went for the Highclere blend, although the mint smelt divine too.
We had a moment to browse the menu (all sounds lovely).
and glance around the room. It’s warm and cozy. I love the pop of purple flowers.
The view over the Hampshire country side is so pretty and we had fun watching a French Bulldog being walked and elegantly clad gents and ladies going about their business.
A plate of itsy-bitsy sandwiches arrived. They have to be small, more than two mouthfuls would be indecent.
Then this lovely Birthday plate of chocolates arrived. I’m not ashamed to admit we demolished this pretty quickly, they were absolutely delicious. It’s alright, I dabbed the sides of my mouth with a napkin afterwards.
Time for our savouries. These were more exciting than other Afternoon Tea sandwiches I’ve had before. My favourite was the coleslaw one with mustard and cheese. I’ll try to copy that one at home.
The main event and always a pleasure.
That lemon curd was perfect. I’m making lemon curd a bigger part of my life from now on.
Other highlights for us were the traditional English cakes on the bottom layer. The carrot cake and chocolate cake were so moist and tasty, and the Battenberg (not usually a fan) but this was full of flavour and rather wonderful.
We left feeling like cultured English ladies, albiet rather full up ones. Ooo more lovely flowers.
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If you enjoy hotels you may enjoy when Charlotte and I spent an evening at Pennyhill hotel in Surrey.