Puttin' on the Ritz

Sitting in a room leafed in 24 carat gold is not something we at least are fortunate enough to do every weekend, but on Saturday we made an exception. In order to congratulate Cadbury’s Unwrap Gold prize winners, we had afternoon tea at The Ritz, a treat in itself, but made better by the fact we were in the Queen’s favourite room; The William Kent Room.
Not only were we all made to feel like kings and queens by the service; we were also lucky enough to feel like a group of friends hanging out at The Ritz consisting of a few of the PrettyGreen gang, a roadie about to go on a world tour, a teacher, a singer and a head honcho of an airport – standard mixture of people for a tea party.
But it wasn’t just the people that were an eclectic mix, the most interesting thing of the day was hearing how each winner found their gold bar and their astounded reaction – whether it was a chocolate bar melting in a pocket at a fancy dinner, or a secret late night sugar craving each bar and its owner had their own story to tell. One winner personally delivered his wrapper to ensure there was no interception in the post! So just remember the next time you find an old (rather abused looking) chocolate bar – don’t throw it away!!
Apart from one incident of a flying water glass (being expertly caught) and a certain kilted baby bringing not only a lot of ooo’s and aaah’s but also a little more excitement, we all drank champagne and ate cucumber sandwiches. It was a day of indulgence, even for those of us eating “clean and lean” a macaroon was definitely consumed. It was such a lovely day for everyone involved meeting all of those that had won and wrapping up a two-year project in style. We’re thinking next company drinks… The Ritz anyone?

Sitting in a room leafed in 24 carat gold is not something we at least are fortunate enough to do every weekend, but on Saturday we made an exception. In order to congratulate Cadbury’s Unwrap Gold prize winners, we had afternoon tea at The Ritz, a treat in itself, but made better by the fact we were in the Queen’s favourite room; The William Kent Room.

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Not only were we all made to feel like kings and queens by the service; we were also lucky enough to feel like a group of friends hanging out at The Ritz consisting of a few of the PrettyGreen gang, a roadie about to go on a world tour, a teacher, a singer and a head honcho of an airport – standard mixture of people for a tea party.

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But it wasn’t just the people that were an eclectic mix, the most interesting thing of the day was hearing how each winner found their gold bar and their astounded reaction – whether it was a chocolate bar melting in a pocket at a fancy dinner, or a secret late night sugar craving each bar and its owner had their own story to tell. One winner personally delivered his wrapper to ensure there was no interception in the post! So just remember the next time you find an old (rather abused looking) chocolate bar – don’t throw it away!!

Apart from one incident of a flying water glass (being expertly caught) and a certain kilted baby bringing not only a lot of ooo’s and aaah’s but also a little more excitement, we all drank champagne and ate cucumber sandwiches. It was a day of indulgence, even for those of us eating “clean and lean” a macaroon was definitely consumed. It was such a lovely day for everyone involved meeting all of those that had won and wrapping up a two-year project in style. We’re thinking next company drinks… The Ritz anyone?

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