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