Over the recent half term I took my daughters and a plus one with me to sample the tantalising delights available at St Ermin’s Hotel. St Ermin’s Hotel is just a minutes walk from St James’ Park Station and has the most lovely tree lined entrance leading towards it.
As the girls entered the front of the hotel they stared in awe at the beautiful double staircase that unwound in front of them. Together we ascended and discovered the stylish St Ermins Tea Lounge.
The tea room boasts beautiful ornate ceilings that my husband would have been envious of, and plush seating for guests to experience an indulgent and relaxed dining experience.
Our servers (Chiara and Violetta) were friendly and helpful and called the little ones Princesses which they loved. They truly felt like Princesses in these beautiful surrounding and being served as well as they were.
In house grown / collected Ingredients
The honey use in the desserts is from the hotels resident bees which they have on site in a Bee and Bee Hotel on the third floor (ha, love the name). Pop up to the third floor and watch them from behind the glass. They also grow herbs and use these in the various sandwiches. The children were given a goody bag with their afternoon tea containing seeds that were produced by the herbs the hotel had grown – what a lovely touch.
For the Children
Mini Gardener Afternoon Tea Menu
This was the afternoon tea served to my daughters and consisted of:
Ladybug tea cake
Ginger and honey macaron
Scones – Plain with strawberry jam/cream
Honey roast ham & cheddar
Orange or apple juice
The girls thought this was fantastic. They loved the garden theme and that there was so much effort put into the design of the items included.
The second this arrived they dived in and started munching on the sandwiches before indulging in the various treats that made up afternoon tea.
The portion size was good for my little ones. They struggled to eat everything although they did also try items from the adult afternoon tea.
Honey Afternoon Tea Menu
Red pepper & artichoke pesto
Goat’s cheese with apricot chutney
Hot smoked salmon with crème fraiche & dill
Salt beef & honey-mustard slaw
Caesar chicken sandwich
The sandwiches were all full of flavour the only thing I did note was that the bread was a little drier than expected. I liked that the sandwiches were not the normal classics but a bit different as it can get boring otherwise. There are alternative options for those with allergies available.
Freshly baked scones – With clotted cream and homemade jam (mixed berry).
The scones were smaller than normal but a good size to suit the children. They were nice and buttery although not served warm which was unexpected. They were delicious with the mixed berry jam and we happily munched on them as we chatted amongst ourselves.
Blackberry Panna Cotta with gin and tonic
Banana and honey mousse with milk chocolate
Sloe gin baba, cinnamon cream
White chocolate mousse, with honey sponge and honey caramel
The cake were all yummy. The white chocolate mousse with the honey sponge and honey caramel was heavenly. The combination worked incredibly well. The same can be said for the panna cotta, my only wish was that it was larger as it was exceptional.
The only dessert I wasn’t so sure about was the banana and honey mousse with chocolate (the one that looked like a beehive) everything else worked exquisitely well.
A selection of Newby teas
When served there was a timer so guests knew when to take out the tea bag. I enjoyed the Jasmine Blossom tea which went nicely with the food. I also tried the Oriental Sencha, a gorgeous combination of young green tea leaves, dried seasonal petals and mango and papaya. The tea was superb and one I would highly recommend.
We had a lovely time. The setting was great, the food good and I’m sure the girls will treasure having experienced this too. There is an outdoor area although this was not open on our visit – for this I was thankful as it was a chilly day although it would have been lovely I’m sure.
All in all we had a great afternoon out and were pretty full. We didn’t over eat, just ate until we were comfortably full and brought back the leftover cakes in a take away box for daddy and little man to enjoy.
Have you indulged in an afternoon tea before?
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Disclaimer: We were guests of St Ermin’s Hotel. All thoughts and opinions are our own.