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.
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.
The Principal is an exquisitely beautiful building from the late Victorian era, a stones throw from the train station.
We were shown through to the frankly stunning Garden Room.
Tall ceilings and perfectly symmetrical layout, I was in interior heaven.
We started with a deliciously crisp glass of Lanson Père et Fils Brut NV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were guests of The Principal, so thanks to them for having us.
Ph. my own and The Principal.