01 Nov 2021
The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! And to celebrate, luxury French tea emporium will be opening its festive Terrasse de Noël – an afternoon tea pop-up complete with its very own al fresco winter terrace on Covent Garden’s King Street.
Lighting the Christmas candles on 22nd November and worthy of any Insta feed, the store’s Salon Privé has been transformed into a chic Christmas salon de thé. Inside the Parisian parlour it’s as pretty as a picture with bejewelled Christmas trees, heavy boughs of holly, twinkling lights and a festive fireplace whilst on the al fresco terrace there’s more trees, a snow cannon and reindeer.
As well as style, there’s plenty of substance with Mariage Frères’ all-new Christmas Afternoon Tea featuring a towering array of festive delights almost too pretty to eat. Ensuring you get into the Christmas spirit; the proceedings start with a warming glass of Mariage Frères’ mulled wine – infused with their signature Christmas tea blend – to be sipped on the snow-covered al fresco terrace overlooking the streets of Covent Garden.
Next up, champagne, mais oui, and a generous afternoon tea, commencing with a selection of five savoury canapés. Enjoy the likes of a salmon tartare and cheesecake dome with delicate notes of Esprit de Noël tea, and a Croque Mariage: smoked salmon nestled in-between a slice of turmeric bread sprinkled with sesame green tea.
Scones soon follow, served with the brand’s tea jellies followed by the prettiest patisserie in town including a gianduja macaron infused with Christmas Pudding Tea, a vibrant blue mini Bûche de Noël and, the pièce de résistance, the Mariage Frères mince pie – an uber chic Christmas tree-shaped mince pie, infused with Christmas Cake Tea and topped with torched citrus meringue.
As one would expect from Mariage Frères, the finest quality blends accompany your afternoon tea. The Christmas tea collection features Esprit de Noël, an organic black tea blend with cinnamon, mandarin, orange, almonds, and vanilla; whilst the White Noël is rich with holiday spices, fresh apricot, young white tea leaves and silver buds.
The Christmas Afternoon Tea is priced from £39 per person, £44 with a glass of mulled wine and £50 with a glass of champagne. Book directly with the restaurant.
Say Joyeux Noël this Christmas at Mariage Frères’ Terrasse de Noël.
38 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS
020 7836 1854
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm