The sweetest floral, the most delicate potted treasures and rows upon rows of, well, sandwiches.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 starts today (23/05/17) but you don’t have to uproot and repot yourself to West London to enjoy all the fun. How about Woburn Sands?
And instead of muddy fingers, how about chocolate ones instead?
Frosts is inviting everyone to indulge and celebrate the gardening event of the year with a very special Chelsea Afternoon Tea. I was very lucky to be invited over to Woburn Sands last Friday to see what their green-fingered chefs have been cultivating.
When I arrived I was shown into The Olive Tree*. I had never been in the Frosts restaurant or in particular the Bay Tree Room before. My first thoughts was, this room would be stunning for a wedding. It is the perfect garden room and it’s where you can book to sit and take Afternoon Tea! Very impressive little gem you’ve hidden from me there Frosts.
The Chelsea Afternoon Tea is served on the most beautiful blue and white chinaware and on tables covered in white linens. This is an experience, not just tea and cake so I kind of wished I was wearing a pretty dress, not my scruffs and was with my mum, not my friend Spencer.
To start the Chelsea Afternoon Tea off in style, everyone gets a choice of a glass of Prosecco, Pimms or orange juice. I couldn’t resist Pimms. Call me predictable but it just yells summer and British gardens to me.
Sandwiches are plentiful and get a massive thumbs up from me. Especially the smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber variety, I’ve got a huge soft spot for smoked salmon.
Also served is a savoury scone which was delicately flavoured with chilli. This made for a different flavour experience than other afternoon teas I have devoured recently and definitely more daring than I thought Frosts would be!
Vinegary beetroot wraps also made for a zing that is unmistakably British in the summertime.
Fruit scones with massive pots of clotted cream and jam (my fave!).
Bite-sized Victoria Sandwich cakes were light as a feather. My favourite type of cake executed with taste at the forefront.
Strawberry & Pink Champagne Jelly Shots were so refreshing and a funny moment to the tea as I couldn’t fit my teaspoon all the way to the bottom. How did I get all of it out? I’ll leave that to your imagination…
Chocolate dipped strawberries. How can you not feel super glamorous AND summery whilst eating one of these with a glass of Pimm’s in your other hand? If bitter chocolate is your thing, these are for you.
Chocolate mousses inside miniature plant pots! These were so cute and the perfect addition to a Flower Show themed spread. I dare you not to smile at eating “mud” out of a flower pot!
Chocolate, fresh orange slice, whipped cream topped on meringues were last up on the plate for me. How did I manage to fluke saving the best until last?!
Frosts chefs/sweet toothed dessert eaters/everyone listen up; These are the most wonderful, crumbly, super-sweet meringues. So delicious! My eager heavy hand going for a second might have made it crumble but that didn’t stop me. FYI: Spoons are provided (wink). Let’s not forget. Meringues are such an integral part of the British summer dessert menu. So, what a wonderful way to kick start the season but with something that is sure to be a benchmark going forwards.
Thanks Frosts for inviting me over.
The Chelsea Afternoon Tea costs £22.95 per person and is served exclusively at 2.30pm 22-27 May. Booking is essential (You can ring to book on 0800 954 9484).
*I incorrectly stated I was taking afternoon tea in the Bay Tree Room when it was in fact the Olive Tree. D’oh!