Friday 11 December 2015

Food Review: Hyatt Regency Christmas Afternoon Tea

Around this time last year, you may remember I was invited to try out the new festive afternoon tea at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

This year, I've very kindly been asked back again, and knowing how delicious it was last year, I couldn't wait to hit reply.

Weaving my way through the Birmingham German Markets, I was already feeling festive before I reached the hotel. Inside, the hotel itself is so beautiful, especially at this time of year. The Christmas tree in the foyer is huge! Here's a quick picture of the tree and my sparkly outfit.

Image c/o Hannah Love Icon Fantasy Ego

Sitting down at the table at the back of the foyer, I joined a number of bloggers including Emily from Emily's Recipes and Reviews and Hannah from Love Icon Fantasy Ego at a beautiful table that was laid out especially for us.

Firstly, we were treated to a glass of champers, followed by a choice of teas. I opted for English Breakfast, my favourite!

Next, the main event. We were served simultaneously, and an army of waiters and waitresses came out to bring our three tiered stands. Mine of course, was gluten free, so was slightly different to the others.

Here are some images of the standard Afternoon Tea

The standard festive afternoon tea includes:

Finger Sandwiches
Cured Salmon and Dill Mustard Dressing
Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Chutney
Honey Roasted Ham and Gherkins
Brie Cheese and Tomato
Prawns with Marie Rose Sauce

Freshly Baked Cranberry and Orange Scones served with Clotted Cream and a Selection of Jams

Hyatt Pastry Selection
Profiteroles with Spiced Cinnamon Cream
Dark Chocolate covered Gingerbread Men
Mince Pies

Full Afternoon Tea is £19, or £24.50 served with Mulled Wine

My Gluten Free Afternoon Tea included the exact same sandwiches on gluten free white bread as well as:

Freshly Baked Gluten Free Scones

Hyatt Pastry Selection
Cadburys Chocolate Bombe with Salted Caramel Filling
Bird's Custard Mousse and Strawberries
Lime Chiboust

I must be a traditionalist, because the turkey sandwiches were my favourite, but I also enjoyed the brie and tomato. The salmon and dill mustard sandwich was very unusual, and I have to say I'm not a fan of dill, but it was an inventive combination.

After the sandwiches, we were treated to another drink, this time, mulled wine. I don't know what they do to the mulled wine here, and whether it's down to the beautiful, relaxed surroundings, but I swear this tastes so much better than anything you'll find at the German markets.

My favourite part of the afternoon tea was the dessert. For someone with a huge sweet tooth, this was heavenly. I was given desserts from the special Birmingham Afternoon Tea menu, as you can see from the addition of Cadburys chocolate and Birds custard. The chocolate bombe was basically death by chocolate, and rather than eating this delicately with a spoon I unashamedly ended up with sticky fingers! The mousse was delightful and a lighter dessert to balance out the naughty bombe, and the lime chiboust was again, lovely and light.

Festive afternoon tea is a real treat, and if you can make the time to go before Christmas, I'd highly recommend a trip to the Hyatt Regency.

*I dined as a guest of the Hyatt Regency hotel.

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