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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:

Treats
Carrot cake
Bee lollypop
Ladybug tea cake
Bee hive
Ginger and honey macaron

Scones – Plain with strawberry jam/cream

Sandwiches
Tuna mayonnaise
Honey roast ham & cheddar
Nutella

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.

For Adults

Honey Afternoon Tea Menu

Savoury
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.

Sweet treats


Ginger and honey macaron

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?

Other posts you might like:

Champagne Chocoholic Afternoon Tea at The London Hilton Park Lane

Afternoon Tea in the Rose Lounge (Sofitel Hotel St James)

Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Hilton (London)

Afternoon Tea at The Millennium Hotel in Mayfair

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Disclaimer: We were guests of St Ermin’s Hotel.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Honey & Mini Gardener Afternoon Teas at St Ermin’s Hotel”

  1. Oooooh what a sweet treat you had. It looks like kids also enjoyed it. Look at their smiles, even I would have smiled if I were around this treat. Excpet the chicken sandwich, as I am vegetarian , so I cannot have that. Wish I could afford this place.

  2. Oh what an absolutely lovely day for your daughters! We had afternoon tea recently in London and was a real treat. It’s the presentation… just amazing.

  3. The place looks fantastic. I love the fine china. It sure is going to make you feel like royalty. The food and drinks look so good! I wish I had a chance to visit that hotel.

  4. Wow – looks absolutely delicious! I do love a home baked scone! I’ve never had an afternoon tea but would really like to try one x

  5. Oh wow the tea room look so amazing. The sweet treats look yummy too. And I could see that your daughters were really enjoying their day out.

  6. It looks like you had a perfect bonding moment with your daughters. The food looks awesome. I am sure all of you enjoyed every treat.

  7. Awe, what a sweet little adventure you had with your little ones. It looks like St Ermin’s offers a very fancy afternoon tea that I would love to experience!

  8. Those desserts look delicious, and the hotels interior is very intriguing. It seems like you spent some real quality time with your daughters and made some great memories!

  9. Oh this looks like such a great experience! I have always wanted to go to an afternoon tea, as a I love tea and the accompanying snacks. Looks like your family had a great time! The double staircase and the tree lined entrance were beautiful!

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