On the hottest day of the year England has had so far I had the pleasure of being invited to Hotel Du Vin in Brighton by Lauren who organises the LDN Meet Up events. I’m never one to pass up afternoon tea as you guys know since my visit to Sketch. I just love the idea of sitting with friends for a few hours and enjoying endless plates of mini goodness accompanied with every type of tea you could dream of.
Due to the amazing weather we were able to sit outside in the sun which was incredible. Hotel Du Vin have a courtyard that you can sit in outside but also an upstairs balcony/decking area which is where we sat.
We were brought champagne when we arrived and given top ups throughout the afternoon. This was quickly followed my an amazing collection of sandwiches. We were treated to smoked salmon bagels, egg and cress brioche, a goats cheese quiche, ham croissant any my favourite which was a tomato and tapenade galette. My friend who is vegetarian was given another selection that included artichoke and avocado.
It took me longer than it should have to decide on a tea but I settled on a traditional Assam as unfortunately there wasn’t a chai on the menu which is my usual choice. We were then delivered the most insane collection of treats. Scones (of course), lemon meringue pie, rhubarb doughnuts and knickerbocker glories. In honor of Easter, Hotel du Vin had created a Creme egg brownie that is available throughout April and tasted delicious.
The most photogenic part of the afternoon tea had to be the apple candy floss. I’ve never come across an afternoon tea with candy floss before but now I’m starting to think they should all have it! I can’t remember when I last had candy floss so it brought back some memories.
Now on to the gin! Since discovering Fever-Tree I’ve become a bit impartial to gin. The collection of gin and tonics available at Hotel du Vin is remarkable. They have five different types of gin available each matched with a specifically chosen tonic. I opted for the Gin Mare with a Mediterranean tonic which was savory but refreshing and well needed after all of the sweet afternoon tea treats.
Overall, the afternoon tea experience was perfect. Thankfully we had the weather on our side and being able to have gin and tonic in the sun was ideal. I loved the Easter themed chocolate brownie as well.
I do think the staff were a little overwhelmed as all of us bloggers arrived at the same time and on Brighton marathon day so there was a bit of a surge all at once! It is definitely worth having afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin if you are in Brighton, let me know if you guys visit.