For day two of Afternoon Tea Week I’m showing you the wonderful Royal Afternoon tea that I won a couple of weeks ago at the Zomato birthday party! My friend Jemma was meant to be coming in from Ipswich to indulge with me but couldn’t make it in the end so another friend Katie kindly stepped in at the last-minute.
We met at Victoria station and struggled a little bit to find the hotel but we got there in the end only five minutes late and were pleasantly surprised to discover that St James’ Court has its own hidden little courtyard which was simply beautiful.
Kona is one of the hotels restaurants and tucked away in the back corner of the courtyard, upon entering we were shown to the back section of the room which was slightly separated off making it feel like we were the only ones there (it was actually surprisingly quiet the whole time we were there.)
We were asked to make our tea choices and were presented with a plate of sandwiches to start This is the first time I’ve even been presented the sandwiches totally separate from the rest of the tea and I’m not sure I liked it! How can I figure out how much savoury stuff I can eat if I don’t know what sweet delights await me?! We were even offered seconds but we decided not to risk it which was probably a very good thing. The sandwich plate was cleared away and we were presented with this tiered goodness:
There were plain, sultana AND chocolate chip scones much to my delight. The chocolate chips added a true decadence to an already wonderful recipe and the cakes and pastries all carried the royal theme. Elderflower and strawberry jelly with golden gianduja crowns, bakewell tarts, mini Victoria sponges, glittery battenburg and the winner of the feast; homemade jaffa cake!
I tried a bit of everything but the cakes were quite substantial, I mean that Victoria sponge could have been bought from a couture cupcake shop it was so big! Everything was lovely but quite heavy so we were very glad we hadn’t gone for another plate of sarnies. I don’t think it helped that between us we managed to down a total of five and a half pots of tea, oops!
The service at Kona was fantastic without being overbearing and I’m really intrigued to check out some of the hotels other offerings soon.
*I was a guest at Kona courtesy of Zomato.
All opinions are my own & have not been influenced by this in any way.