Today I had the opportunity to go and taste the new Autumn 2018 afternoon tea menu at Pennyhill Park which has been put together by pastry extradinaire Sarah Frankland.
Pennyhill Park is located in Surrey, 45 minutes from London. It boasts a luxury spa, beautiful bedrooms and suites and award-winning dining experiences. It’s my go to place for pure luxury, a place to leave my troubles and stresses behind. Last year for my hen we actually came to Pennyhill Park and spent the day in the spa and it was heaven.
We entered the grounds and were greeted by a receptionist who showed us our way to the dining rooms for the afternoon tea. From the minute we entered Pennyhill Park I could tell we were in for a real treat. Once shown to our table (which by the way had the most incredible view of the spa and swimming pools) we were handed a gorgeous afternoon tea menu with all the different teas we could choose from. From grassy notes to the more fruity teas, I had no idea so many teas existed!
Whilst our teas were brewing we had our first dish, a caviar pastry alongside a glass of taittinger. I knew we were in for real treat after our first course – it was delicious!
We then sipped on our teas and then came our afternoon tea courses. Starting off with the sandwiches, how beautiful do they look? The sandwiches on offer were egg mayonnaise & english watercress, oak smoked salmon with creme fraiche, roast beef, horseradish cream & rocket and my favourite the cave aged gruyere & red onion chutney. I’m not going to lie but we did ask for seconds because the sandwiches were that good!
After our sandwiches we were offered a palate cleanser which was exquisite. Who knew palate cleansers could be so yummy and look at the gorgeous detail with the chocolate crest. Divine!
Then came our scones which are baked in Pennyhill Parks very own bakery served with clotted cream and homemade jam. There were four scones 2 x plain and 2 x raisin scones, both equally delicious.
To top our afternoon tea off we tucked into the best bit (in my opinion) the stunning pastries which looked far too good to eat.
I started off with the genoise sponge roulade with blackberry conserve & green apple cremeux, Pennyhill Park honey & lavender whipped ganache with pear compote. I was so full I had to get a doggy bag for theLe Esmeralda ganache tart with melted chocolate crunch and Beetroot, orange balsamic ganache macaroon! We also had our second glass of taittinger which was sharper and beautifully paired with our pastry treats.
To finish off and wake ourselves up we both had cappuccinos and a walk around the park to explore. A big thank you to Sarah Frankland for inviting us, we both said we would 100% come back after having the best experience. As busy mums it’s so nice to have the chance to indulge in a bit of luxury away from the nappies and tantrums. I cannot speak highly enough of Sarah and her team, the whole experience was definitely one to remember and an experience everyone needs to try.
* We were invited by Sarah Frankland and Pennyhill Park as guests to try the new afternoon tea menu. All opinions are my own.