Every year Claridges invite a fashion designer to decorate their tree in the foyer of the hotel This year it was the turn of designer Dolce & Gabbana.The tree was decorated with 300 hand glass blown baubles, hand painted with international flags from across the world and 9,000 fairy lights.
A winter woodland scene was set at the base of the tree complete with animatronic reindeer's, rabbits & squirrels and a decadent red throne. The entrance and lobby of the hotel alongside the tree were bathed in gold, birdcages, baubles and woodland foliage. With a roaring fire in the firepace and sumptuous armchairs, this couldn't have been anymore inviting.... just gorgeous.
Moving through the lobby we were seated in the Reading room just off the Foyer for dinner. The rooms were busy with friends and families finishing off afternoon tea or an early dinner. With Christmas just around the corner we opted to dine off the festive menu. I choose : Roast goose salad Celeriac remoulade, crab apple jelly, and watercress. Roast organic Cambridge Bronze turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, glazed sprouts, chestnuts, & bread sauce. Claridge’s Christmas pudding & Cognac Anglaise From the homemade rustic bread, through to the marshmallow petit fours with coffee every mouthful of this dinner was delicious.
The warm roast goose salad melted in the mouth and I would have been happy with this as a main course. With many main courses to choose from I opted for the turkey which along with all the vegetable trimmings was cooked to perfection. The turkey being the best I have ever had. Following such fabulous starters & main courses we opted for a rest before dessert and coffee. Dessert was Claridges world fabulous Christmas Pudding, doused in a 'healthy' dram of Brandy and set alight at the table... delicious decadence in every mouthful.The service, and ambiance was perfect, we couldn't have asked for better. It wasn't just us that had a fabulous time that evening, the esteemed actor Sir Ben Kingsley sat behind us during the evening, enjoying Christmas as Claridges. I loved my whole evening at Claridges and will be adding it to my Christmas must's for future festive seasons.... thankyou C for a fabulous gift & Claridges for exceeding all expectations.
This wasn't my first trip to Claridges; I have previously visited for afternoon tea, both were fabulous however Christmas at Claridges is just that little bit special.
Here is a sneak peak of how the Christmas fairies install christmas at Claridges...