Friday, 8 May 2015

Macdonald Windsor Hotel: Afternoon Tea

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

I don't need an excuse to enjoy an afternoon tea, however celebrating my grandmother's 85th birthday seemed like a very good reason to roll out the scones!  Along with other members of the family, we made our way to the Macdonald Windsor Hotel to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.  We chose to travel to Windsor for the occasion as not only had a member of the party pinpointed the hotel as a great destination, but also due to an air of patriotism given recent events - I'm talking about you, Princess Charlotte!  The famous Windsor Castle was visible when standing in the entrance hall of the hotel and in fact was only a two minute walk away, making for an exciting atmosphere of buzzing crowds.. I have to admit to loving the energy created by crowds of people and so when an area is flooded with tourists, my day improves tenfold!  Inside the hotel was a very different matter however and could be considered a tranquil oasis in the historic town..

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

First impressions are everything and my first impression was a very positive one.  I can find some spaces visually appealing without understanding why, however in the case of the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, the reason was clear - the layout flowed.  The lanterns lined up against the wall were a brilliant touch and helped go some way in ensuring us the food would be just as wonderful as the interior design.  Speaking of design, is it possible to fall in love with a menu's cover?  'Time For Tea' was an excellent way of introducing the afternoon tea and what lay within certainly didn't disappoint!
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

As a group, we opted for a selection of Cream Teas and Traditional Full Afternoon Teas.  Along with traditional aspects that are to be expected with an afternoon tea, there were also a few wildcards to make the experience that little bit more entertaining.  Continuing the theme of being visually appealing, the presentation of the afternoon tea was both modern and unusual, with a similar flow that the hotel itself boasted.  The first thing I noticed about my Traditional Full Afternoon Tea (don't worry, it was shared with my brother!) was the stacked scones and after a good minute or two of fixating on them, we dug into the selection of finger sandwiches on farmhouse bread.  
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

My favourite feature of the afternoon tea was undoubtedly the scones smothered in lemon curd.  This was one of the wildcards I had mentioned and I've never been happier to be surprised.  If you've never tried spreading a generous helping of lemon curd across a warm scone, it's time you did!  Another feature that was met by many nodding heads were the macaroons.  Heavenly.

On the opposite end of the scale, my least favourite item from the afternoon tea was most likely the smoked salmon and dill sandwiches.  It's safe to say I'm not at all a fan, however taking into consideration the high quality of the afternoon tea, I'd suggest that can be put down to personal taste - particularly as I had to fend off accusing eyes from around the table as I expressed my dislike. Hmm..
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

As I sat there sipping on an ice water, I became increasingly curious about the Macdonald Windsor Hotel and it's 120 luxury bedrooms.  After staying at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford last August (and talking about it here) I have been assured of their quality and high standards, so needless to say my curiosity was sparked.  One thing is for certain, the ladies room was quite possibly one of the nicest I've seen of late.  Ah, it's as though I can still smell the lavender hand wash.. 

Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
It may well seem as though I was so distracted by the food that I forgot it was my grandmother's birthday.. but that's only half true.  Joking aside, if anyone had been so cruel as to forget, the staff had us covered with an incredible complementary dessert display presented to her with a lit candle after we'd finished eating!  It was a wonderfully personal touch and once again confirmed my view of Macdonald Hotel staff members, as similar to when staying at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, they're tirelessly pleasant!
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea

















































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Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
Macdonald Hotel Afternoon Tea
ps. that is someone's grandmother, but not mine..

All in all, afternoon tea at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel was a really lovely experience, but most importantly, my eighty-five year old grandmother enjoyed it.  Come to think of it, that says quite a lot about the contemporary hotel's food for she struggles to have an appetite.  I suppose this goes to show you can't argue with a lemon-curd covered scone!    

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. What a wonderful place, looks really beautiful inside too :) xx

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    1. The interior design of this hotel really is very lovely!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Those macaroons!! Love your outfit as well, looks like a gorgeous day xxx

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    1. I know haha, the green-coloured macaroon was utterly delicious!!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. those treats look delicious!
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    1. They tasted just as good as they look!

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  4. Hi darling,
    amazing place! These sweeties look so delicious! Yummy!!
    Baci,
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    1. Hey Coco, the sweet treats really were fantastic - the perfect afternoon tea!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Everything looks so delicious! Seems like a lovely time :)

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. It really was a lovely time and my nan really enjoyed herself!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Wonderful place! Love your post)
    Have a nice week end!
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    1. Thanks Natallia, have a fantastic week!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Aw this looks lovely! Those scones, mmmmm, now I'm craving. Damn you! x

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    1. Craving scones is a lifelong habit for me haha - try spreading lemon curd on one! :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kenny

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  9. Such a beaustiful hotel

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    1. That's a running theme with Macondald hotels!

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  10. Happy 85th Birthday to your grandmother! A lovely afternoon tea sounds like a really lovely way to celebrate and it's great to hear that the birthday girl enjoyed it. Those scones and tea sandwiched certainly look divine! Happy weekend Gabrielle!

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    1. Thank you Rowena! Afternoon tea seemed like the perfect meal to help her celebrate her big day, especially as she doesn't have a huge appetite these days :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Happy Friday, lovely! You're so gorgeous! And you take the best pic, really!
    Happy Weekend! Sending you much love!!!
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    1. You're so sweet, thanks a million Vanessa! Have a wonderful week :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Oh, Gabrielle, what a beautiful pictures! The place is lovely and the food looks so delicious!
    Have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thanks very much María! We all had such a lovely afternoon celebrating my nan's birthday! :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. It tasted great too ;)

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  14. This post should come with a warning 'Beware: For Porn Ahead", I'm so hungry after looking at the macaron and scones. LOL!

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    1. Haha so sorry Shireen, these sweet treats were too good not to share! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Great tourist destination, lovely looking hotel and wonderful food. Makes me want to visit, stay at the hotel and eat the food.

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    1. I loved that it was directly opposite Windsor Castle, what a landmark. Thanks for stopping by, Gavin!

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  16. You have an amazing blog! May I follow you?
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    1. Thanks Rita, so sweet of you to say. Of course, the more the merrier! :)

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  17. Awww what a lovely time well spent with your grandmother! I love the interior of the high tea place from the lanterns along walkway to the sleek modern look. Plus I'm a sucker for macaroons and seeing that really made me happy. Thanks for making my night Gabrielle, have a wonderful weekend! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. The lanterns lined up down the wall were such a great touch and really paved the way into the restaurant! Ah you and me both when it comes to macaroons, they're so beautiful in both appearance and taste :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. I'm a huge fan of afternoon teas & scones are my favourite! Nice place to chill out too! xoxo

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    1. That makes two of us, I would definitely recommend trying lemon curd on your next scone!!

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  19. What a beautiful place to celebrate your grans birthday! It's so quintessentially British, I love it! Mmmm scones and lemon curd, that sounds insane!! I want it NOW mmm. Loving your pretty blouse too

    Rachel xxx
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    1. Haha what a lovely way of describing the occasion, ''quintessentially British'' - and that it was! I can definitely recommend lemon curd covered scones and thanks Rachel, it's by Ralph Lauren :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. You look gorgeous Gabrielle! This is such a great place! It looks really beautiful and the food looks delicious! Happy birthday to your grandmother! Good to hear she enjoyed it there..

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    1. Thanks so much Cherr! It's always nice to see my nan smiling, so both the hotel and food receive huge ticks from me! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. This place is so chick, I love the artworks they got hanging around.
    Those photos of pastry are really great, luckily I still got some macaroons left in my fridge, so I won't get to jelous over this ;)

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    1. It's a good job you've got macaroons left in your fridge, although sadly that's not the case for me haha! Have a lovely week..

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Amazing post!! Nothing better than an afternoon with tea and scones in such a beautiful place!
    I´m in love with your photography, so sophisticated and elegant, just like you!!
    Thanks for you nice comment on my blog, it means a lot for me!
    have a wonderful day!
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    1. Thank you! I couldn't agree with you more, afternoon teas enjoyed with good company can be so relaxing. Thank you for your kind words on my photography, I really appreciate it! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Lovely pictures looks like you had a great time.
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    1. Thanks Lauren, we most certainly did!

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  24. Happy birthday to your grandmother. I am sure you all enjoyed the afternoon. Such a lovely place and all thse things looks so delicious. Happy weekend, Gabrielle.
    xox
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    1. It was lovely to see her having such a nice time, that's for certain! Thanks Lenya, I hope your week has started well :)

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  25. wow, great pics and great place :3 xo


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    1. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  26. The hotel looks gorgeous and the food seems delicious, I would try everything!

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    1. I had the same mindset when the afternoon tea platter was placed in front of me - you have to try everything at least once! ;)

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  27. Another beautiful place. The food looks good. Also love your outfit x

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    1. Thanks girls, have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Wish your grandma a Happy, Happy Birthday for me. I'm sure it was a lovely afternoon spent with her and the family. Those scones are making me hungry right now =D

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    1. The scones are making me hungry as well.. ah, the lemon curd! Yum!

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  29. the pastries look so delish!!! :D

    Have a great weekend!
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    1. I can confirm that they tasted heavenly!

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  30. Oh my goodness! This place looks amazing, and oh goodies those scones and macaroons are making me droooooooool <3

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    1. The selection of sweet treats at this afternoon tea were really lovely, I agree! I'll take a look at your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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  31. wow such a lovely post! great job x

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    1. Thanks girl, have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. Beautiful! What a gorgeous afternoon tea spot!

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    1. I completely agree with that, it really was a lovely occasion!

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  33. Looks like a lovely place. I really like how the high tea is presented, that's quite a cool way to present it. Great photos too :)

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    1. I know what you mean, this was an entirely new form of presentation for me and a welcome one - 'variety is the spice of life'! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Happy Birthday to Grandma Ice! Haha
    Looks like you had a lovely afternoon and the food looks absolutely fantastic! I wish there were such thing as smelly-vision!

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    1. Haha you're so cute Anjelique! We all had a fantastic time thank you and yeah, I wouldn't mind that too for all of the delicious-smelling beauty products you blog about!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Happy (belated) birthday to your grandmother! This looks like an incredible place to have afternoon tea and the food looks delicious! This isn't what I need after having breakfast - I'm stuffed yet hungry at the same time after looking at these photos hahaa:p Hope you're having a lovely relaxing Sunday! xxx
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    1. Thanks Isabella! It was the perfect combination of contemporary and cosy, making for a lovely afternoon tea :) Haha sorry for the bombarding of food images straight after you'd had breakfast! I had a wonderful weekend thanks, I hope your week has started well :)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Hope your Grandmother had a lovely birthday! There is nothing nicer than afternoon tea! I absolutely love cream tea :) so good! You look gorgoeus and stunning photos!

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    1. I agree, afternoon teas create such a sense of occasion :) Oh thanks so much, so sweet of you to say!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Hi dear. This hotel is truly beautiful and unique. It must have been there feel great.
    Sweets in the photos look so appetizing and wonderful that I want to lick the screen))) Haha. Wonderful post. Thank you for a piece of inspiration.

    With love, Nastya Deutsch ♡

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    1. Do your best not to lick your screen! Although, it's probably allowed when it comes to lemon curd spread on scones.. haha ;) Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Looks sublime here! So jealous
    Have a lovely week ahead!

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    1. It was a really pleasant afternoon, for sure! Thanks and you too!

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  40. What a fancy place Gabrielle! And happy birthday to your grandmother <3

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    1. There are some really lovely hotels around and it can be a lot of fun to discover them! Thanks Sarah!

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  41. Beautiful hotel! I felt like I was there with you! Lovely tea

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    1. That's such a compliment, thank you!

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  42. Happy Birthday to your Grandma <3 :) the place looks spectacular I love the modern twist to the afternoon tea with the food displays :) & I absolutely love your shirt, you look gorgeous Gabrielle!

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    1. Thanks lovely. The modern touch to the afternoon tea was unexpected but such a nice surprise - it definitely stood out from other afternoon teas! Oh thank you, I can't get enough of loose-fitting blouses! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Oh wow it really looks amazing. Love how they put cakes on little shelves!

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    1. Haha I know, that was such a sweet way of displaying them!!

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  44. looks like a wonderful place! great photos! :)
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    1. Thanks very much Emma, have a wonderful week!

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  45. This hotel is so beautiful, great place just for relaxing with some desert and cup of tea!:)
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    1. Very well put Monica, it certainly had an air of tranquility about it.. especially as we were visiting in the afternoon when it's quieter!

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  46. What beautiful surroundings to enjoy afternoon tea! The presentation of the food is amazing! You always have such wonderful post Gabrielle! And a big happy birthday to your Grandmother!

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    1. Presentation really is everything and Macondald hotels have got it down to a tee! Thank you Keisha, you've made my day! :)

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  47. Happy Birthday To Your Grandmother Gabrielle! What an amazing milestone to celebrate! I love going to high tea's. Haven't been one in awhile. This makes me want to go! Those are the best looking scones! HaHaHa The one's we have here are puny! Thanks for sharing this. Great pics!
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    1. I couldn't agree more, I very much hope I reach my 85th birthday too! Oh, fingers crossed you find the time to enjoy an afternoon tea sometime very soon Kim.. and that you aren't served 'puny' scones haha! ;)

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  48. ow what a beautifull place!! So nice to take your 85 (!) year old grandmother for and afternoon tea! We don’t don’t really do afternoon tea here in spain, but love the idea! And those lemon curd scones looked so yummy!

    Ps: you look beautifull!

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    1. It was the perfect opportunity to take her somewhere nice! It's difficult to imagine a place where afternoon teas aren't common practice haha ;)

      ps. thanks so much Josune!

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  50. Happy birthday to your grandma! When my grandma turned 80 last year we took her to tea and it was so much fun!

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    1. It sounds as though great minds think alike! haha ;)

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  51. This hotel looks so swanky! The food also looks pretty amazing, thank you for sharing :)
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    1. Macdonald hotels have been consistently impressive from my experiences with them!

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  52. Wow :) this place is soo beautiful and classy !!

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    1. Every inch of it was very well designed, I agree!

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  53. Ah this is such a lovely post and everything looks gorgeous especially you - your hair and your outfit……gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!!! Hope you're well hun and hope you enjoyed them sweeties ;)

    Layla xx

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    1. You're far too kind Layla, thank you so much. I most definitely DID enjoy the mass of cake haha - I hope you're getting your fix of sweet treats too! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  54. Oooh I love this! I've only done tea once, living in the US.. but it was really fun. I'd like to go again, visit more places as well where tea is common. I love the look of this spot. Modern meeting sort of vintage. Very cool. XO -Alexandra

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    1. I really hope you have another opportunity soon to enjoy a tasty afternoon tea! 'Modern meets vintage' is a great way of describing this dining area :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. The hotel looks so nice! I like how they presented the cakes etc, different but cool! :) xx

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, it can be so nice to be surprised though! :)

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  57. Tea time is the best! What an awesome place to have tea! so fun!
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    1. Totally agree with that!

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  58. looks amazing, love the cross body purse.

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    1. Oh thank you, it's by Ralph Lauren and it became my go-to bag as soon as I purchased it!

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  59. Amazing post and photos!

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  60. looks super nice, I really love having tea and scones are my favourite :D xx

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    1. Afternoon teas can be so enjoyable, especially with people you're close with! Mmm you can't beat a tasty scone! ;)

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  61. It looks beautiful inside. I am very into interior design.
    Great post, really. :))

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