Monday 30 December 2019

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Monday 30th December
My last afternoon tea for 2019 which did not disappoint . I booked it via and it was priced at £45 each for Christmas tea with free flowing bubbles.

From the moment we walked into the hotel lobby i knew it would be good.......the lobby was huge and open plan. it is set inside the old original station and was like being inside a grand church with tall ceiling and arches. There was lots of comfy sofas and tables with armchairs and in the centre of the huge area was a bar and then various rooms including restaurants from each side of the old station.

We arrived about 20 minutes which was not a problem as our table for 2 was all ready waiting for us. It was small but the chairs were nice and comfy. Our waiter was called Bartholomew and he was very attentive and provided excellent service thought out our tea experience. He asked us a few times if we had any allergies to which i replied no but that i did not eat fish. My hubby will eat anything!!!! He then poured us a glass of Chapel Down Brut which was very nice. Instead of a clear glass we had a brass type goblet each which i thought was different and quirky.  He then got us our hot drinks and topped up our glasses.....this he did continuous throughout the  2 hours service.

We waited about 30 minutes for the sandwiches to arrive which came on a plate each. He did forget that i did not eat fish so had to change mine and bring a new plate out for me. The sandwiches on offer were as below

Egg & truffle mayonnaise with chives on spinach bread
Roast Norfolk Turkey, wild cranberry & thyme compote with watercress on walnut bread
Chapel & Swan smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche & dill on dark bread
Cucumber, Maldon salt butter & mint on lemon bread
Crayfish, avocado, citrus mayonnaise & broadleaf cress on brioche

We both agreed that the Cucumber one tasted amazing with the butter and i really liked the walnut bread on the turkey one.

Next came a plate each of 5 cakes which looked lovely.....I thought it was good that we had a cake each and would not have to cut any in half !!!
At first i thought they had forgotten the scones which normally come after the sandwiches but my hubby pointed out that the scones are listed last on the menu.
The cakes were as below and the photo

Double chocolate Fondant Fancy parcel
Vanilla and raspberry celebration wreath
Strawberry and coconut bauble
Dark chocolate and mandarin mousse Christmas tree
White chocolate and cranberry opera cake

By now i was feeling rather tipsy and the waiter had opened another bottle for us which he left in an ice bucket by our table. It was also getting dark outside which you could see through the glass panels
 in the roof. The spot lights lit up the arches which looked spectacular. 

Lastly came the scones which were warm and freshly baked , a plain one  each and a raisin one each with 2 different jams and pot of clotted cream. Yummy as these are my favorite part normally but this time i think i liked the sandwiches best. 

We had such a lovely afternoon in this stunning hotel with excellent service provided by Batholomew our waiter. 

Nearest Station  : St Pancras  - Approx 10 minute walk.   
Best bits : Cucumber and the chicken sandwiches, lovely location and excellent service  
Worst bits : None  
Value for money : Yes defo considering how much we drunk and the standard of the food and service

would I go back?  :  Yes without a doubt 

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