Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Principal York

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Principal York

We hadn’t been for afternoon tea in a while, so when we were in the area we decided to make a reservation at The Principal York.

We visited towards the end of November, and were lucky enough to catch the very beginning of their Christmas Afternoon Tea menu, served in The Garden Room.

Seated promptly, we’d braved bringing our baby boy with us, and they very kindly had a highchair ready and waiting for him.

We needn’t have worried whether he’d be made welcome, as the staff couldn’t do enough to keep him content. A very kind waitress even brought him his own serving of bread to nibble on, keeping him busy while we waited for our afternoon tea.

We weren’t waiting long, but had just enough time to take in our beautiful surroundings. The room was styled perfectly, with a sparkling Christmas tree taking pride of place, alongside an incredible gingerbread village display.

The sandwiches arrived soon after our tea was poured, and while they were tasty enough, they weren’t as exceptional as those we’ve previously enjoyed (For those wondering, Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor is probably my favourite to date)

The portion also seemed a little stingy, with just two sandwiches, and a crab and chive tart each.

The scones were pleasant enough, with the orange and chestnut flavour a nice nod to the festive period.

Being quite small, they were a little on the dry side, and the jam was more of a set jelly than a preserve.

Last but not least, came the cakes. In no particular order, we had…

Gingerbread macaron, red fruits and vanilla bean cream
Clementine mousse, cranberry compote, star anise shortbread
Spiced apple cake, cinnamon cream
Brown butter and salted pecan custard tart
Chestnut praline and dark chocolate cream choux
White chocolate and eggnog hot chocolate, nutmeg cookie

Heavy on the yuletide spices, it perhaps would have been nice to have something a little lighter to break up the fairly repetitive flavours. Saying that, every bite was expertly baked, and I’d be more than happy to eat any one of them again.

All in all, we had a lovely time at The Principal York, but it was the exceptional service that made the experience special, rather than the afternoon tea itself. Our baby boy was made so welcome, that we’d go back for that reason alone.