Charlotte and I relish an excuse to try an Afternoon Tea.
So, imagine when Charlotte got the chance to celebrate her 24th birthday along with our Queen Elizabeth’s 90th.
This is all thanks to The Goring celebrating Her Majesties Birthday with a special Royal 90th Birthday Tea.
Well, that would be perfect for our princess.
The impeccably elegant Goring is London’s last remaining family-owned luxury hotel.
But I first noted it when Catherine Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William.
I spotted their Insect Home across the quiet street. I’ve just bought one (much smaller) for my garden (all the rage and good for ‘friendly’ bugs).
James lives in London and arrived the same time. Charlotte flew into her brothers arms and my heart just melts.
Stepping inside it is everything I hoped it would be.
Glam, intimate and a quirky bit of fun.
We were welcomed into The Dining Room with warm smiles and a certain flair.
It felt special, and they made us feel special.
There are silhouette portraits of the Goring Men who have owned the hotel over the last 100 years. O G Goring looks remarkably like Winston Churchill!
The menu is full of the finest blended and first-flush teas from around the world. We all went for The Goring Afternoon Blend, noted for it’s grip and strength (I say!).
With our tea ordered and the graceful Dining Room filling up, it was time for the young ones to catch up on all their news.
Three of us upgraded to the Bollinger Rosé with Strawberries and Cream (they only handpick the sweetest).
The service was impeccable and I enjoyed watching the waiters as they poured and served. They just do it so well.
Cheers! Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth and our Princess Charlotte.
To our delight we all got served the Strawberries. That’s what you get in The Goring. They think of everything and it leaves you feeling relaxed and taken care of.
Our Birthday Girl (Princess Charlotte).
Another nice surprise came from the chef. A wonderful cauliflower amuse-bouche.
Our tea was topped up and milk was delicately poured from well born silver jugs. It’s enough to make a ladies heart flutter.
The main event. I always feel excited by the 3 tiered beauty of an afternoon tea.
We gaze at it, and for once we don’t dive in immediately wanting to relish the moment a little longer.
First the sandwiches: Cucumber and mint, Smoked salmon and horseradish, Honey glazed ham and mustard, and everyones favourite Coronation chicken.
More freshly made finger sandwiches came, just as we thought, ‘Hmmm a few more would be nice’. I smile up at the waiter thinking, ‘Oh, you guys are good’.
Time for scones. There’s no where to hide with this simple course.
The homemade jam was fantastic, perfectly sweet with the fruit scone (full of lovely plump raisons).
We were having a wonderfully happy time. I love to see my girl belly laugh, you can’t help but join in!
Finally, it was time for the pastries. I had my eye on this one. It looked rather glam.
Joyously I placed half of each onto my plate, enjoying the moment when you cut them open and see hidden delights inside.
The pastries: Her Majesty’s favourite fruit cake; Choux bun, vanilla butter cream, rose flavoured crème chiboust; Queen Elizabeth Cake; Golden orb, passion fruit centre, white chocolate ganache; Royal Opera Cake, pistachio sponge, chocolate ganache.
They were delightful, light and delicate.
My favourites were the fruit cake, the choux bun and the passion fruit orb (but you may have guessed I’m a lover of passion fruit!).
I did notice a few decorative details missing, but nothing could take the smile off my girl.
Especially when a chocolate mousse cake was served to her for her birthday. It was a super way to finish the event.
It was time to leave. As we wander through the hotel we can’t help but dream of an overnight stay.
Find your excuse and get to The Goring. Buy a dress and make this happen. It’ll be a memory you’ll enjoy for years.
15 Beeston Place,
London SW1W 0JW