With a fondness for comfort, routine and the familiar, my poor little blog often gets neglected as writing about the same places, the same meals and, naturally, the same coffee seems rather trite. As 3 years of studying French at an academic level drew to a close, it was time to break the mould and try something new to celebrate our triumph over what is arguably one of the most complicated yet utterly exquisite languages. Off to the Rosewood we went…
I learnt about the Rosewood when a friend introduced me to their Slow Food & Living Market; the courtyard market filled with high-end tea, smoked salmon, honey, bread and cheese. The dream! However, it wasn’t until my fellow French class survivor and I stepped through the doors that the modern elegance of the hotel became apparent. With mirrored ceilings, luxuriant furnishings and impeccably-attired hostesses, we settled in for a little champagne and some rather delicious sweets. The details from the central floral display to the fireplace and dessert counter reflect a homely, unpretentious yet detail-focus nature of the design. Sadly, we did not have the place to ourselves so I didn’t take any shoots of the interior (basically, I don’t like strangers in my photographs). Next time!
Our sandwiches were presented beautifully but, comme d’habitude, it was the scones and clotted cream which captivated my attention. Lemon curd is my favourite scone topping; it is quite simple to make but very rare to find the right balance where a hint of sweetness cuts through the acidity. Here, at the Mirror Room, it was absolute perfection in a serving dish. We may have had an extra serving… With natural light beaming through the windows, we sipped tea and even took a walk around the expansive restaurant where, despite being in the middle of afternoon tea, one of the staff members offered us more cakes from the dessert table. Well, saying no to a slice of blueberry and pistachio cake would be blasphemous and, as upstanding members of society, we do not engage in such behaviour. Yes, please!
With the Rosewood’s close proximity to school and the British Museum, its bar will undoubtedly be exploited during my why-am-I-doing-this moments. Oh, and they have a dog. No, they have the cutest dog!
The Rosewood Hotel
252 High Holborn