Derbyshire Life Women in Business Afternoon Tea - The Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derby

PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:47 26 May 2015

Guests gather on the magnificent marble staircase

Guests gather on the magnificent marble staircase


Businesswomen from across the county took time out from hectic schedules to attend Derbyshire Life’s exclusive Women in Business afternoon tea, held at Derby’s four-star Cathedral Quarter Hotel

Afternoon tea served in the Opulence RestaurantAfternoon tea served in the Opulence Restaurant

Afternoon tea should always be an elegant affair and the venue’s grand entrance foyer, with its striking marble staircase and bespoke ‘Whitehurst’ clock designed by Smith of Derby, provided the perfect backdrop for a Champagne reception.

Guests were then shown to the first floor Opulence Restaurant, where oak-panelled walls, ornate plasterwork and tables stylishly laid with pristine white napery added a touch of sophistication to proceedings.

The elegant delightsThe elegant delights

James Blick, managing director of the Finesse Collection, offered a warm welcome, before explaining how the Grade II listed building – which dates back to the late 19th century and was purchased by the Finesse Collection in 2006 – was converted into a boutique hotel offering 38 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, beauty rooms and wedding and conference facilities.

Indulgent delights, served with a choice of tea or coffee, were then placed on each table: Cake stands laden with chocolate brownies, carrot cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam, strawberry milkshake, chocolate chip cookies and slender sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, succulent ham, egg mayonnaise and cheese and pickle.

The tea was followed by an inspiring talk from Claire Twells and Hannah Ellis of Derby-based networking group PNK Ladies, which offers fun and relaxed networking events exclusively for females. Claire and Hannah spoke of the importance of supporting and encouraging women in business and they had also brought something rather special for the occasion: a bottle of pink Champagne, won by Gay Evans of Richmond Villages, Aston on Trent.

In such wonderful surroundings, it was easy to forget the ‘real world’ with its hustle and bustle. Special thanks go to the Cathedral Quarter Hotel for hosting an enjoyable occasion.

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