After my lucky win a few months ago, I have finally experienced the afternoon tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel - honoured with its second prestigious award 'Award of Excellence' in the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea Awards 2013.
It has been quite a while since I've had proper traditional afternoon tea, and what better time to go than with mum who had just arrived from Malaysia!
We were sat at the corner of the lounge on some really big and comfortable sofa chairs, with soothing music being played by the harpist in the background.
Complimentary champagne was served - mum can't really tolerate alcohol, so I willingly offered to drink hers. Just being a good daughter carrying out my daughterly duties...
There was an extensive selection of teas to choose from - mum opted for the Persian Pomegranate, whilst I went for the 'Strawberries & Cream' from the Royal Horseguards Unique Blend.
Our pots of teas even came with an accompanying timer to indicate waiting times for the teas to be ready for drinking.
We were served a lovely selection of finger sandwiches - coronation chicken, smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber, and beef. There was also one spread with tuna which I really liked, and a little chou pastry filled with egg mayo - tasty.
Mum really enjoyed the smoked salmon with cream cheese sandwich, which they so kindly served us an extra portion after.
The top tier was filled with an array of sweet delights - I could feel my sweet tooth tingling with excitement.
Lastly, we were served freshly baked fruit and cinnamon scones with homemade fruit preserve and Cornish clotted cream.
Warm and buttery - pure goodness.