Hilton must know that December is the only time of the year when foodies can indulge in calorific Christmas consumption without fear of retribution. Everyone knows that calories don’t count at Christmas time! Take a look these five ways to spoil yourself and your loved ones this season with afternoon teas, evenings of Christmas cuisine and cocktails and tours of the Windows kitchen.
Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane (Christmas Day)
Continuing to add to its Confessions of a Chocoholic collection, Hilton on Park Lane has introduced a new limited edition ‘Winter Wonderland’ afternoon tea, available exclusively on Christmas Day. Held exclusively in the Wellington Ballroom, the limited edition afternoon tea includes gift-shaped dark chocolate and praline fancies and miniature Christmas pudding parfait, white chocolate and mandarin cupcakes and chocolate truffles. Adding to the Christmas atmosphere, guests can expect festive music, a visit from Santa Claus and gifts for the children. 2pm-6pm on Christmas Day only (£36 per person)
Christmas Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane (throughout December)
Available throughout the festive season in the Podium restaurant, from 28th November to 31st December. Menu highlights include baby brownie Christmas presents and gold leaf jaffa cake chocolate fancies. (daily 2pm-6pm from £25.50 per person)
Gastronomic Getaway package at London Hilton on Park Lane (available 2nd January until 13th June 2012)
The ultimate luxury break, including one night in the stylish Mayfair Suite, with its fantastic views of Mayfair. Enjoy a glass of champagne in the bar on the 28th floor, before being seated for lunch or dinner at the award-winning Galvin at Windows. To top it off, get to see where the magic happens with a tour of the famous Galvin at Windows kitchen. Sample dishes from the menu including Veloute of english peas, slow cooked organic egg, goats curd &brioche crouton, and Fillet of gilthead sea bream, crushed new potatoes, slow roasted tomato, black olive caramel & salsa verde. (From £434 for two people)
Festive Fancies at The Waldorf Hilton, London (throughout December)
Indulge in a festive feast with family and friends and dine in laidback luxury at the Homage Grand Salon. In December there’s an array of festive 3 course menus for both lunch and dinner. Starters include parsnip and apple soup with chorizo chips and pheasant terrine, followed by a main course of monkfish with crispy pancetta or roast turkey stuffed with chestnuts and sage. Desserts include blackcurrant cheesecake and a delicious chocolate trio. (Starting from £29 per person)
On Christmas Day there will be a six course dinner, which will include traditional roast turkey and trimmings, rabbit ballontine with leak and truffle stuffing, grilled black cod and for Gluhwein poached pear and festive plum pudding (£79 per person).
Newly refurbished Rockwell Bar & Restaurant, The Trafalgar, London
The contemporary Trafalgar Hotel recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday with a facelift of the stylish restaurant and bar, Rockwell. For those watching the waist-line, the bar menu includes the calorie content of each item with the lowest, non-alcoholic under ‘The Saintly’, and the higher under ‘The Sinful’, and the truly indulgent under ‘The Wickedly Good’. The restaurant menu features a selection of the most popular Rockwell dishes from the last decade. Crowd pleasers include the delicious Pork Three Ways dish – roast pork belly, confit leg and cumin dusted filet with calvados jus. For dessert, a warm treacle tart served with clotted cream and strawberry dressing.