10 October 2013

Riot of Colour Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols: Virtually Guilt-Free!


Modern eating habits are whack. You can no longer have a dinner party without checking who is off wheat or dairy or sugar that month. And I can hardly talk: in the run up to Christmas last year I did a detox that cut out all of the above - and I'm thinking about doing it again.

But that doesn't mean life has to be boring. As part of that detox I ate a delicious, detox-friendly meal in the Rustic Stone - polenta chips, fillet steak, organic wine, sugar and gluten free cake  - and wondered why more brands don't properly cater for these new dietary trends. 


Step up Harvey Nichols and their new food range, Riot of Colour. They're calling it fashionable food; food that reflects modern lifestyles and desires. Comprising both sweet and savoury the range includes 80 products that have been designed with our wellbeing in mind. Agave syrup (the Rustic Stone's sweetener of choice), dark chocolate rice cakes, gluten free biscuits, avocado and coconut oils are all on offer, as are a range of delicious sounding tea blends.
Cheers!
To celebrate the new collection, the brasserie is serving the Riot of Colour Afternoon Tea till the end of October. Featuring gluten, dairy and reduced sugar treats, the menu is described as 'almost guilt-free' - but tastes as sinfully indulgent as all good afternoon teas should. 



My mum and I were thrilled to be invited to try out the treats: we happily munched our way through such delights as carrot and coconut cake with coconut oil frosting (dairy free), orange, polenta and acacia honey cake (gluten and dairy free) and, my favourite, hibiscus and rose tea scented macarons (gluten free). Finger sandwiches, homemade scones (with reduced sugar Riot of Colour jams) and your choice of the Riot of Colour Teas are also included.


The flavours were light, fresh and delicious, and we felt smug to be stuffing our faces with a little less guilt. We'd love to see this remain on the menu, once October is out.

The Riot of Colour Afternoon Tea is €22.50 per person, €27.50 per person with a box of take-home tea or €30 with a glass of Harvey Nichols Champagne. To book call 01 2910488; the Riot of Colour food range is available now in the Foodmarket, priced between €2.95 and €29.95.

25 comments:

♥vendy♥ said...

fabolous sweet dear
xoxo
happy day

Lily said...

Yum!!! I love scones ^_^

Jess said...

The start of this post is hilarious and so true. As someone who is dairy free, this sounds like my sort of place. Everything looks so yum.x lashingsofmascaraon.blogspot.ie

Adele said...

Guilt free afternoon tea...sounds & looks fabulous!!!! Adore the sweet photo of you & your Mum.
Happy Thursday Emma xoxo
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The Dainty Dolls House said...

Looks wonderful...I'd eat far too much there, haha! You look super x

Avril Joanne said...

You look gorgeous! And so do those tasty treats :)

Lilli said...

You and your mom look so sweet together!:) This place inspires me, the food looks appetizing and good. Kisses Emma! xo

Amy Fashion Blog said...

the food looks amazing

Deborah said...

How fab! Everything looks so delicious!

xo Deborah
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Kim Alston said...

That's awesome of Harvey Nichols. What a way to step up to the plate! Glad you and your mom enjoyed yourselves. More companies need to do that.
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ZatZ said...

Ohhhh lovely treats ♥ im hungry now!!!

ZatZ said...

Ohhhh lovely treats ♥ im hungry now!!!

Stephanie said...

My mouth is literally watering right now. You're killing me missus!

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Pink Elephant Blog said...

This looks so lovely!! I've been saying I want to try this every time I'm in Harvey Nichols (which is a lot ;)). Maybe for my birthday..? :)

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Nicky mywishstyle said...

You are too sweet both!
Ciao

Sam said...

This sounds like one super yummy afternoon! Thanks for lending me your view.. Have a great Friday hun!

Sam said...

This sounds like one super yummy afternoon! Thanks for lending me your view.. Have a great Friday hun!

Johanna said...

Love your entire ensemble. Esp the leopard scarf. Woot Woot!

LoNiCho said...

This sounds and looks wonderful. One of my friends has just found out she is coeliac. She hates eating out now because it's so hard to pick a restaurant with options and even when we do there is nothing nice for her to eat. This looks like it could be an option must investigate more.

birdie to be said...

Looks like a lovely afternoon! I am dying to go there!

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wow so wonderful afternoon. It looks so delicious!! ^.^

Fabrizia said...

I really enjoyed this post, well done!
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FASHION TALES said...

Aww, how lovely! i miss Harvey Nichols. The food and special treats look delicious! And, such a nice time spent with your mum.:)

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Amanda Chic said...

so cute
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