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Recipe: Rustic Plum Tart

Recipe: Rustic Plum Tart

We have a number of fruit trees in our garden, including juicy plums, apples and pears, and each summer I go through the task of finding what to do with them. There are only so many that you can eat, give away or find the time to make jam with, and I do love a plum tart.

So with the first basket full of juicy plums I decided to make a tasty, quick and easy tart for an alfresco dinner, when the sun was shining. I have cheated a little, I decided to go with ready-made pastry, it is my one downfall when it comes to baking and I didn’t see the point in stressing, plus it cuts the time in half!!!

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Afternoon Tea At Villandry

Afternoon Tea At Villandry

When you combine two of my favourite things – afternoon tea and flower arranging it makes me very happy, and it seems that Villandry have discovered that this makes other people happy as well and have teamed up with their in-house florists, Moyses Stevens to host a flower masterclass followed by one of their delicious afternoon teas. 

Costing £53 per person, you get expert tuition to create a gorgeous floral bouquet, which of course you get to take home with you, followed by afternoon tea. I went down to their Great Portland Street cafe to try my hand at flower arranging, which is fast becoming a passion, before putting their afternoon tea to the test. 

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Afternoon Tea At Ham Yard Hotel With Olivia Rubin

Afternoon Tea At Ham Yard Hotel With Olivia Rubin

Afternoon tea is an ultimate favourite activity of mine, if you like cream teas, beautiful cakes and tiny sandwiches then I have loads of places that you should check out, and one place I’ve wanted to go and try since it opened had to be the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London. So I was so pleased when the uber talented and super sweet Olivia Rubin invited some of her favourite peeps to see her new Atelier collection while having a spot of afternoon tea. 

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Sofitel St James – ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea

Sofitel St James – ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea

It’s been a while since I featured an afternoon tea on the blog and as one of my favourite activities it was so nice to rectify that with a review of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show inspired afternoon tea, ‘Le Tea en Rose’ at the Sofitel St James in Piccadilly, London. 

The location of this hotel is a big hit, just a stone’s throw away from some of London’s most recognisable landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, it makes it a great spot to enjoy afternoon tea and recharge your batteries in-between sightseeing, plus the tea is set in The Rose Lounge, wonderfully kitsch, beautifully pink, with a lovely Parisian feel to it.

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