I’ve really enjoyed the time leading up to Christmas this year, as I’ve been fortunate enough to do lots of Christmassy things such as visiting Bath’s Christmas market, going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and going to the Backyard Cinema in Clapham Common to watch Love Actually with hot mulled cider and festive treats.
For one final injection of festive spirit, my friend and I headed to Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch for their festive afternoon tea! The Nobu hotel blends the raw creative energy of East London with the luxury of Nobu. The interior is fresh, vibrant and has a slight oriental feel, with a sleek and polished feel and luxurious atmosphere.
Festive afternoon tea in London
The festive afternoon tea, served in the Nobu Café, offers a unique twist on the classic British tradition. It’s available daily from 12pm-5pm, costing £30 per person with a choice of either tea, coffee or a glass of prosecco.
The festive tea included a small selection of sandwiches and savoury treats, followed by a variety of rich and indulgent sweet treats. We started with the beef tenderloin on a multi grain roll with shichimi miso mustard, tofu bun with truffle tofu cream & pickled tomato and a snow crab tempura with ikura on a Shokupan bun.
The beef was tender and I liked the fact the fact that it was a warm sandwich. The tofu bun was quite rich, but I enjoyed the crab sandwich the most. The caviar added a classy touch but we really weren’t a fan – it’s the first time I’ve tried it and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Quite fishy (not surprisingly!) and an odd texture.
The sweet treats were more enjoyable, including a Maraschino cherry & chocolate Christmas tree, a coconut snowball with a white chocolate ganache, a santa-claus themed whisky macaroon, a gingerbread ganache sphere, a Rudolph chocolate tart with cremoso and a snowflake yuzu tart.
The sweet treats were much nicer in my opinion, but that might just be because of my sweet tooth! They were all super rich and indulgent, especially the macaroon which was the right balance of gooey and sweet. The Rudolph chocolate tart had a nice crunchy base and deep chocolatey filling, and the chocolate Christmas tree with a hidden maraschino cherry at the bottom was lovely too!
For a festive afternoon tea in London, I thought that £30 per person wasn’t unreasonable. I opted for the glass of prosecco whilst Jade had a tea, but there were no refills for the tea – and we’d both had London afternoon teas before where tea and prosecco was an option.
The festive afternoon tea at the Nobu Hotel was fairly good value for money, and had a lovely sophisticated twist to a traditional afternoon tea!
Have you had a festive afternoon tea this Christmas?