In 2014, we went on our first vacation to Paris and completely fell in love with the city – so much so, that we’ve actually been back already (here’s what we did on our second time). Part of the romance of the first trip, was being there in November, Christmas season, surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights in the city of love. And partly, because we found the magic of the Four Seasons Hotel, our favourite hotel by far, in Paris. (Insert bucket-list moment when we actually get to stay at the hotel as guests).
We popped in, one day, just to have a look at the hotel, that is perfectly situated only a few steps from the Champs Elysees. While we were unable to stay at this incredible hotel, we did end up booking a High Tea experience for a few days later. The only reason I was able to wait for this experience was to give them time to prepare a gluten-free option for me. Wow, they did not disappoint. This was my favourite High Tea experience by far! And I highly recommend it.
The Tea is hosted is La Galarie, a luxurious lounge and the menu is here. The venue adds to the ambience of the experience, you can NOT get more luxurious than this. (Well, actually you can. Head over to the the opulent Ritz if the Four Seasons isn’t fancy enough for you).
We booked the options which came with a Glass of Champagne (Tête de Cuvée) – the particular one we had that day was the Tattinger Blanc de Blanc (our absolute favourite Champagne ever – visit the Champagne House like we did here).
My favourite part of the whole thing?
The atmosphere. It was my favourite time of year – Christmas – and the hotel was full of Christmas decor. I’ve ben outside Christmas season, and while Jeff Leatham’s flowers are stunning all year round, there is extra magic in the lobby when it’s Christmas time. We also had a pianist playing beautifully in the background throughout our high tea experience which of course, added to the atmosphere of it all.
You will receive a starter plate of a few small biscuits, but because I was gluten-free, I got a whole chocolate soufflé instead with pistachio ice cream. My word. I have never tasted anything quite as fluffy and as decadent as this. But I also could have ended the entire high tea after eating this so I subtly tried to feed Craig in between my bites so that he could help me finish it.
Then came the three-tiered plates fill of baked goods, sandwiches and parfaits. The gluten-free option had much less variety than Craig’s gluten option but it still satisfied the high tea craving.Craig went with the option that came with an extra baked good chosen off their cart. To be honest, he had completely forgotten all about his additional sweet treat coming that he filled up on all the treats in front of us. Like a trooper though, he stuffed it in. In hindsight though, I feel like the standard high tea (plus champagne) is enough for everyone. If you do want to splurge for the additional dish, I would skip breakfast and dinner altogether! It’s hugely filling!
I had researched prior to our visit, so I knew that when one of the staff fetched a stool and put it beside my table, that it was in fact, for my bag. Apparently, George V Four Seasons is one of the few restaurants in the world that do this. I was so thankful that I had in fact read up about it, instead of looking like an idiot wondering what on earth to do with it. And now you won’t either. You’re welcome.
Let me know if you visit George V for High Tea or whether you have any other High Tea suggestions!
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