The Connaught Hotel--Dinner and a Drink (World)

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

"The Standard Bearer and Embodiment of England"

The author of the book lists London as a whole, then proceeds to list The Connaught Hotel as a separate entry. Her logic is a bit baffling sometimes, lol.

DH and I visited this famous hotel on our first trip to London together. It was a memorable night to say the least. The Connaught, built in the late 1800's, is located in the upscale area of Mayfair. We arrived a little early for dinner and had a cocktail in the lobby.

I remember that this was a particularly cold winter for England, and being a California girl, I was chilled to the bone. In fact, I don't think that chill left me until I got back home. They probably thought I was daft because I wouldn't let them take my coat! So I had a Bailey's Coffee or something warm like that.

Then we were escorted to our table in the center of the MENU Room at Angela Hartnett's Restaurant within the hotel. The type of dinner we had that night fit so well with the Edwardian elegance and grandeur of the hotel; I don't think I've ever used so many utensils in all my life! We had course after course of high cuisine.

At about $500, it was by far the most expensive meal we had ever eaten. I kind of cringe now thinking about that number; it's a little obscene, really. But it was a special night, incredible atmosphere, out of this world delicacies, and memories that make it worthwhile. It wasn't about extravagance; it was all about the experience.
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