Ladies who lunch!

Sunday 9th April: for some, this date probably stirs up some bad memories of aching legs, sweaty foreheads and, dare I say, jogger's nipples... (If you hadn't guessed, it was the date of the Brighton Marathon.)

Whilst thousands took to the streets to run, walk, or just motivate - I sat on a sun terrace at the Hotel Du Vin and basked in 21 degree sunshine whilst sipping on tea, gin, and champagne.

Myself and fellow bloggers - Beckie Nye , Georgia Knight and Georgia (The Brightoner) - were some of the lucky few to be invited to Hotel Du Vin for afternoon tea... and it was a perfect day for it!

We started with a glass of champagne (because how else could you start?!) whilst we chose our teas. I'm a bit of a newbie to tea, as I only drink green or peppermint, but I chose well with a gorgeous elderflower and blossom Darjeeling. I am obsessed with elderflower, and the menu said that Darjeeling is the champagne of the tea world so I HAD to choose it.

Rather than being bombarded with finger sandwiches, Hotel Du Vin provide a selection of a mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, an egg and cress brioche, a ham and Gruyère croissant, a tomato and tapenade galette, and a goat's cheese and spinach tart. The highlight of the savoury section was the goat's cheese tart. The pastry was perfect!

The sweet section was the real treat though - with an assortment of mini desserts and scones, topped off with homemade candy floss! We also tried their new Easter treat of a creme egg brownie. (HEAVEN!!) 

We finished the tea with one of their gin concoctions. I went for a Hendrick's and Elderflower Tonic, served with a cucumber garnish, as I have fond memories of enjoying a bottle of it last summer with someone special. 

It was a really beautifully thought out afternoon tea, and the drinks pairings were perfect. I definitely recommend visiting the Hotel Du Vin when you're next in Brighton!

 

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I don't think there has been enough candy floss in my adult life! I may create a petition to make the world a brighter place by introducing candy floss prescriptions on the NHS!

I don't think there has been enough candy floss in my adult life! I may create a petition to make the world a brighter place by introducing candy floss prescriptions on the NHS!

*I was kindly invited by Hotel du Vin to try their afternoon tea, all opinions are my own.