Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Macaroons and Mad Hatters

afternoon tea, Royal Horseguards Hotel
My life seems to be full of macaroons at the moment. If I'm not singing about them in rehearsals for Acorn Antiques, I'm tasting them in the rather gorgeous surrounds of the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.

You may remember I attended a travel bloggers day in London a couple of weeks ago. The venue was the opulent Royal Horseguards Hotel, situated on the river Thames, just opposite the London Eye.

While we were there, the hotel management took the opportunity to show us what delights are available for children if they were to take afternoon tea in the hotel. I thought afternoon tea might just involve a few sandwiches with the crusts cut off, a cream cake or two and a nice pot of Darjeeling. However, at the Royal Horseguards, they take afternoon tea to a totally different level and they welcome children wholeheartedly.


We were able to sample some exquisite confectionery including tiny lemon macaroons, gingerbread men, strawberry lollipops and home-made chocolate letters spelling out the name of the hotel. This is definitely a treat for a very special occasion, costing £12 for children under 12, but utterly delightful. For that price children receive sandwiches of their choice ( including nutella and jam), tea party pastries, fruit, cakes and scones. A colouring book and puzzle are provided too plus a drink of Baby Chai Latte, 'Babichino' or fruit juice. Adults can choose from a variety of tea menus and, as the hotel has been awarded an Award of Excellence from the Tea Guild, you can be assured of the quality.


Samples of treats available for children's afternoon tea.

If you visit between 31 March and 7 April 2013 the theme for the afternoon tea is Mad Hatter's Tea Time with a special menu for both adults and children (£35 for adults, £12 for children). The treats include jam tarts with hearts, white rabbit coconut cupcake, 'drink me' layered bubble shot, 'eat me' passion fizz cake and a chessboard battenburg.

As Mrs Overall would say, "Cheer your afternoon with a macaroon, put a smile on your face..."

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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the blog Trish! Come and see us again soon :)

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    1. Thank you for your hospitality. Great venue for our meeting.

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  2. It was all so delicious, and the hotel would make a great location for a family stay on London.

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    1. I couldn't believe the view from the bedroom we looked at. Also rather partial to the Royal Horseguards teddy bear in his dressing gown....

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  3. Ok, you are the SECOND person in a very short space of time to recommend the HorseGuards for tea, so I really must make the effort! I think I'll save it for when one of my American rellies come over--always nice to 'do' Afternoon Tea with them!

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    1. I think there is quite a choice of teas, including champagne ones! It's an expensive treat but they really do seem to make it very special and can cater for specific requests too. I also liked the fact that the staff were very friendly; it wasn't at all stuffy.

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  4. Gutted that I will not be able to attend the Mad Hatter's Tea Time!! It all looks fabulous... and delicious! xx

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    1. I'm gutted too! Didn't get to sample the Mad Hatter items and they sound gorgeous. Travelling in the wrong direction over Easter - north rather than south...

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  5. It's one of the best teas tailored to kids I've seen.

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  6. It sounds and looks exquisite! :)

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  7. I actually sent this link to a friend of mine who was flying to Brussels and had a day or two stopover in London...dying to know if she went there!

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