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Viennese Afternoon Tea at The Delaunay

25th January 2016
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A few months ago, I went to a baby shower with a difference – a swish Viennese Afternoon Tea at Covent Garden’s Delauney restaurant. Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe, the Delauney is a sister restaurant to the more famous, Wolsey in Piccadilly. It has a central European inspired menu of pierogies, schnitzel, beetroot, goulash, sausages (and things like steaks and burgers too), as well as amazing pastries.

The design of the restaurant is old-fashioned glamour, think wood panelling, green leather banquette, shiny polished floors, thick table clothes, beautifully arranged roses and silver cake stands. Trendy, it is not but as Coco Chanel said, fashion fades, style remains.

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We were lucky enough to get one of the elegant private rooms for the baby shower. There is no extra charge for this though there is a minimum spend. I think because we had the private room, our tea menus were personalised with name of the mama-to-be, a lovely keepsake! Given the sophisticated atmosphere, we asked not to bring any baby shower decorations but we did happen to have a couple of balloons attached to a gift bag and they gave a subtle nod to the occasion.

The shower was a surprise for the mama-to-be. She thought she was having afternoon tea with just a couple of friends, not the 11 of us that were in situ when she arrived, all brought together from different groups of friends. She may have shed a happy tear or two when she walked into the room, pregnancy hormones eh.

viennese afternoon tea at the delaunay covent garden

Emotional greetings aside, it was time to get on to the tea. We had all opted to all have the Delaunay Viennese Tea which is assorted savouries, poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam and whipped cream, a selection of classic Viennese cakes and a choice of teas (or coffees). The food was served on beautiful silver stands, one stand per two guests. In theory anyway. There were a quite few of us with dietary requirements  (vegetarian, pescatarian, dairy-free, gluten-free) and these were met with no problem (though we did warn them!) and additional sweet and savoury options on top of the standard amount. So, a lot of food! Not complaining. My pescatarian savoury options included beetroot cured salmon & horseradish creme fraiche on nordic bread, cream cheese sable (which looked a bit like a custard cream and was amazing) and an egg mayonnaise mix on rye bread.

viennese afternoon tea at the delaunay covent garden

For tea, I opted for the Delauney blend Delaunay Blend which has a subtle dusky rose flavour and was served in a monogrammed china cup and saucer. The Viennese cakes were seriously good – a choice of lingonberry cheesecake, battenburg, raspberry tart, mozart torte (with a chocolate treble clef on top!), coffee stroh rum slice and lemon and pistachio financier. We cut these up so we could manage a bit of each.

Then it was onto the poppy seed mini Gugelhupfs. These were instead of the scones you would find at a traditional English afternoon tea. They are a classic Austrian dessert apparently, and look like a Bundt cake. We weren’t quite sure whether to slice them like you would a scone or fill hole in the middle with cream, so between us we tried both options. They were lovely though I could only manage a little bit as was pretty full by then. We took leftover Gugelhupfs home with in a cute little box with us.

During and after eating we played a few, simple baby shower games, I might share those another time. I won the bingo round, hurrah!

The service was perfect. Charming, attentive but not overbearing.

Hopefully, I’ll get to head back soon for pierogies.
Afternoon tea at the Delaunay is served Monday-Sunday 3pm-6.30pm. We had The Delaunay Viennese Tea at £23.75 (plus service charge). Other options include a Champagne tea for £33.50 or Cream Tea for £10.75.

14 Comments

  • Reply Donna 25th January 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I love afternoon tea and this looks like a pretty special one – love the box for leftovers! x
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    • Reply Sian 26th January 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you! It was super cute.

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug 26th January 2016 at 10:05 am

    Wow! My mouth was watering while I read this post. I definitely need to go for a visit 🙂

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    • Reply Sian 26th January 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you – yes I recommend it!

  • Reply Emily 26th January 2016 at 10:17 am

    I’m going for afternoon tea next month with two of my friends and this is making me look forward to it very much! It looks delicious! #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 26th January 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you – have a wonderful time!

  • Reply Kim Carberry 26th January 2016 at 11:17 am

    Ohh! How lovely! Afternoon tea’s always look so pretty! It sounds like you had a wonderful time x

    • Reply Sian 26th January 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you – it was wonderful.

  • Reply Colette B 26th January 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Oh it looks fab! I do love a good afternoon tea and this one looks suitably wintery 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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    • Reply Sian 26th January 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you! Yes, perfect for warming up.

  • Reply Emma Shilton 28th January 2016 at 8:49 am

    Oh I love a good afternoon tea, how delightful. Looks like a fabulous afternoon #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 28th January 2016 at 1:52 pm

      It was! (Not SW friendly though!).

  • Reply Yet Another Blogging Mummy 2nd February 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Oh wow. This sounds and looks amazing. I love afternoon tea and it never ceases to amaze me how much it fills you up. Breakfast and afternoon tea is enough for me all day #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 4th February 2016 at 9:39 pm

      It really is a meal or two isn’t it!

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