Just before Christmas, I have to admit, I wasn't feeling very Christmas-y. I know, I know, it's like the unwritten rule that you can't say that, but it's true. I just wasn't feeling it this year. I think it's down to the fact that we have had Christmas in the shops since October. It kind of looses momentum by December.
Anyway's, keen to try and feel in the mood, me and Ella decided to go for a final catch up of the year, along with some winter warming drinks.
Ever the fan of Hotel Cafe Royal, hearing that the Cafe had a new Supper menu, of course I had to check out out. In my head Supper mean's hot, warm, rich food. Just my cup of tea then.
The Cafe is the Hotel's relaxed, well, cafe. The serve the most indulgent, beautiful cakes and pastries and naughty things, as well as chocolates, and sweet gifts. The entrance is right on Regent Street so often I *Somehow* get drawn in...
There really is an eclectic crowd who come here. From the Regent Street regulars with armfuls of Liberty London and Burberry bags, to the mother and daughter looking for some tea and cake to share over quality time.
Then there is me...
Well it wouldn't be Christmas without a silly hat. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me mention that for every hat sold of the F&F #hatwithaheart collection, £1 goes to the Trussell Trust charity.
And whilst me jumper might not be Christmas themed, its pretty darn amazing if you ask me. And shhh, it's a steal from Asda!
Of course, with the hat, things started to get a bit silly.
However we were brought into order by the arrival of our drinks.
Let me introduce you to another of my favorite hot chocolates. The Amareno Choc Tail made of dark chocolate and cherry liqueur. It's thick, creamy and rich. I'd come here just to drink this.
The other drink I'd recommend is the mulled wine. Depending on the wine used, some can be too sharp and leave you making that sort of wincing face. Luckily, not this.
Sweet, but with enough punch, it'll see you through cold January sale shopping.
Now the supper menu is quite fun. It's tapas nibbly bits, but instead of purely Spanish, it's an eclectic mix of all sorts.
Really good hummus with fresh made tortilla chips arrived first. However, they nearly distracted us from this arriving at the table...
A 'afternoon tea' sort of tower of our dishes. If you order 3 or more, they come stacked like this. I thought that was pretty cool.
We ordered Gravadlax and lemon aioli. I had to be educated that Gravadlax is a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill. But basically smoked salmon to you and me.
Duck rillettes and cornichons- again, a sort of non smooth pate. It was nice on bread, however it is quite fatty so we only ate a small amount. Probably one to miss.
We ordered the Jamón de Bellota Ibérico which really is delicious.
Our other dishes came on the side. I'd order the roasted baby chorizo again, they were delicious.
Of course I forced us to order the cheese board. I have a bit of a love affair with cheese- which my family this Christmas can verify.
There's a good selection and variety from smooth mild, to hard and strong.
So next time you head over to Regent Street for some January sale shopping, take a pit stop for some nibbles.... or even just that hot chocolate. Mmmm.
Do me a favor though? Be one of the weird ones like me?
Oh and don't forget to have a snoop inside the hotel. There is a Christmas Shoe Tree. I repeat, a shoe treat! Ahhh my heaven!
The Café is open daily from 8am to 10pm.The Cafe at Hotel Cafe Royal
68 REGENT STREET,