Christmas Afternoon Tea, The Principal, York

Afternoon tea The Principle Review

Last Sunday, Mum and I hopped on the train to York for our first taste of Christmas.

I was invited by The Principal Hotel to try their Christmas Afternoon Tea. There’s nothing I love more than spoiling Mum, and frankly, no-one I’d rather while away an afternoon with, chowing down on dainty cakes and champagne. So Mum and I decided to make a day of it, and managed a bit of Christmas shopping and a wander around the festive markets.

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York is such a beautiful city, and it really comes into its own at this time of year. There’s so much to see, eat and do. If you’ve not been, it’s well worth a visit.

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The Principal is an exquisitely beautiful building from the late Victorian era, a stones throw from the train station.

The Principle York

We were shown through to the frankly stunning Garden Room.

Afternoon tea The Principle Review

Tall ceilings and perfectly symmetrical layout, I was in interior heaven.

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We started with a deliciously crisp glass of Lanson Père et Fils Brut NV.

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We were served warm sage, apricot and bacon sausage roll, and beetroot-cured salmon on a freshly made blini, topped with Hendrick’s cured cucumber. My favourite of the savoury courses was the warm Jerusalem artichoke soup with white truffle. Incredibly creamy and buttery, it was a little cup of heaven.

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Our server topped up the champagne and brought over our next treats. Wensleydale and apple chutney, and turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches. Cranberry and orange scones with clotted cream and a clementine marmalade which tasted just like Christmas.

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We ordered Silver Tips Jasmine Tea, and moved on to devour our sweet course which was an adorable little chocolate yule log complete with icing mushroom, cherry and orange Battenberg,  a crisp mini mince pie, mulled wine macaron, rich and moist Christmas cake and my personal favourite, the clementine and white chocolate present.

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Christmas Afternoon Tea in the Garden Room at The Principal is £25.95 or £32.00 including a glass of Champagne. I highly recommend you go, and take whoever deserves a good spoiling this Christmas. All the booking information you need is here.

I can’t think of a better way to start the festivities.

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We were guests of The Principal, so thanks to them for having us.

Ph. my own and The Principal.

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