Whittards afternoon tea in London with Prue Leith was a fantastic way to meet the Great British Bake Off icon, over hot tea and delicious desserts.
Whittards afternoon tea in London is one I have always wanted to try. Set in the centre of Covent Garden, Whittards is a tea salon that I love to visit. With lots of tea to sample on a daily basis, it is great to discover a new drink and warm up, out of the cold winter air whilst wandering through one of my favourite places in London.
When I saw the invite to meet Prue Leith over afternoon tea in Whittards, I had to grab a ticket and attend the event. Prue Leith is not only the judge on Great British Bake Off but a woman who has lived many many lives. Prue has written several books, runs her own cookery schools and has still managed to have a family and be completely successful. It is rather astounding and empowering that she has managed to do so much in her life.
On arrival, we were sat for our afternoon tea and then we waited for Prue to come around and visit all of us. The team offered us drinks including Prosecco in a teapot and took our choice of tea. Choosing our tea was no easy task with over a hundred teas on the menu. I started with my traditional jasmine tea and settled down to watch Prue chat to everyone.
It was all very personal with Prue stopping off at every table, chatting and signing copies of her brand new cookery book. I loved how interested she was in us, asking us our names and wanting to know what our plans were for Christmas.
The afternoon tea was the traditional three tiers. The bottom tier was a range of finger sandwiches with cucumber and cheese and egg and cress. We also had a savoury item so mine was a spinach and feta tart. The middle tier was made up of a selection of mini cakes including carrot cake and lavender biscuits too. No afternoon tea is complete without scones and we were served these with clotted cream and jam.
Whilst we were devouring our food, Prue took part in a Q&A talking about her well lived life and also gave us some remarkable insights into the various roles she has had in her life. Interestingly, she is also responsible for commissioning new artists to the fifth plinth in Trafalgar Square which is mindblowing to even fathom.
I left the afternoon tea feeling inspired and motivated by Prue Leith. She is an icon of her generation and it is amazing to know that she has such a legacy not only in the food business but in the city.
For more information about the Whittards Afternoon tea see here.