One rainy London afternoon, we found ourselves back at The Connaught with a glass of rose champagne in our hands and plenty to catch up on. And where better?
Fresh, hearty yet elegant sandwiches, particularly the Coronation chicken and the smoked salmon, raised the expectations (and there may have been a second serving…). My vegetarian, gluten-free friend was well-catered for – none of that goats cheese and spinach nonsense.
Warm scones, topped with lashings of clotted cream and a choice of jams: orange and ginger, wild strawberry and fig. The crowning glory was the orange and ginger jam. I could feel a delicate heat from the ginger whilst the orange tantalized my taste buds.
Dessert was typically French: exquisitely-presented, delicious, a touch of sugar and, as always, had me thinking that I really need to start dating a pâtissier!
Listening to a talented harpist, we relaxed in the sumptuous surroundings of the Espelette restaurant discussing how these moments of friendship are so important, and particularly enjoyable in such plush surroundings and with finest service possible. Yet another moment of gratitude for this sweet life of mine.
Espelette at The Connaught
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