I was lucky enough to attend afternoon tea at the Hotel du Vin in Bristol as part of a blogger event. This was my first ever blogger event so as you can imagine, I was slightly nervous! But, I soon found that I had no need to be nervous – there was 25 of us, and I spoke to a good few of the people there and they were all lovely, obviously. Us bloggers are a friendly bunch!
Before I even begin to tell you all about the day, I must say it was fabulous. We were treated like royalty and really well looked after by the lovely staff at The Hotel du Vin. Events like these are what blogging is all about in my opinion – trying new things, seeing new places and meeting new people. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed the day!
I got there a little early because I wasn’t 100% sure where I was going and wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get lost! I had a coffee with my mum and aunty in the main restaurant whilst I waited for it all to begin which was lovely. I explained to one of the ladies working there that I was here for the event, just a little early, and she got us seated straightaway and all coffee’ed up.
A little background to the hotel: Previously a collection of Grade II listed warehouses from the 1700’s, this beautifully restored Sugar House is now home to the Hotel du Vin Bristol, a unique luxury boutique 4 star hotel.
We were greeted with a glass of champagne (or elderflower fizz), and we all mingled, introduced ourselves and such. I was so nervous at this point, I didn’t know anyone and this was my first ever event so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. But before no time at all, a few people came over to me and introduced themselves and got talking. I made a few new blogger friends which is always lovely.
We made our way to the room which the afternoon tea was being hosted and my goodness, it was glorious. Look at this table!
The food, not unlike the beautiful interior, was just to die for. We had mini savoury treats including Severn and Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, egg and cress mayonnaise brioche, ham with Gruyère croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette, goat’s cheese and spinach quiche.
Up next we had warm scones served with a mixture of Bonne Maman jams, clotted cream and Lescure butter. Cream then jam or jam then butter?
Aaand my favourite part of all – dessert. There was a selection of the most delicious looking mini treats. There was knickerbocker glory, lemon meringue pie, raspberry and dark chocolate teacakes and rhubarb and custard doughnuts.Ugh, the teacakes were amazing! The rhubarb and custard doughnuts were divine, also.
The quality of my photos is relatively rubbish I know, need to get my hands on a fancy camera!
We also had a chance to try some unique cocktails from the seasonal cocktail menu created by the mixologist at Hotel du Vin which were interesting, to say the least. I only tried 2 out of the 5, but it was super yummy. I tried Breakfast Martini – yes, breakfast – which was Chase Vodka, Buttered Bourbon (500g butter infused into a bottle of Bourbon), Orange Juice, Earl Grey Syrup and Marmalade Gomme – I know, right?! It was actually amazing, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like tea. The other one I tried was Black and Pepper Sour which was Dark Rum, Buttered Bourbon, Vanilla Sugar, Lemon Juice, Egg White and Fresh Pepper. Again, very bizarre but very yummy.
It was a Sunday very well spent, I had a brilliant time and I can’t thank the staff at The Hotel du Vin enough for hosting this lovely event and for being so welcoming. I would highly recommend you give them a visit, I personally can’t wait until my next trip there.