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Here we highlight the latest Hotel F&B Afternoon Tea news.
We will look to highlight dates and prices where we can. The newest offers will always appear at the top of the list.
Hotels change their offers regularly, so please check an offer is still available before you visit.
Honeybee Afternoon Tea at St Ermin’s Hotel (Posted October 2nd 2018)
The perfect way to celebrate the annual harvest of delicious honey from their very own 350,000 Buckfast Bees, St Ermin’s Hotel proudly presents a delightful new ‘Honeybee Afternoon Tea’, launching this autumn.
Created by executive head chef Alexander Boyd, the new Honeybee Afternoon Tea menu includes a variety of sandwiches and delicate savoury bites such as honey roast vegetable and salt beef and honey-mustard slaw sandwiches as well as seasonal sweet treats such as ginger and honey macaron and white chocolate mousse with honey sponge and honey caramel. Beelicious treats from the children’s menu include a Ladybug Teacake and a Buzzy Bee Lollipop… Kids will also receive a lovely gardening pack from Mud & Bloom including organic seeds to take home. All teas are served with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and jam.
Warner Edwards and their divine ‘Honeybee Gin’ were a natural fit for helping St. Ermin’s to celebrate this special time of year… ‘Operation Honeybee’ is part of Warner Edwards conservation activity that takes part at the Distillers home – Falls Farm and also at RHS Wisley. St Ermin’s have created a gin and tonic jelly with liquorice panna cotta and a sloe gin baba with cinnamon cream using Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin along with the hotel’s very own honey to be served as part of the new Afternoon Tea.
To celebrate our buzzy friends in style, the Caxton Bar mixologists have added a new ‘Buzzeco’ cocktail to the drinks menu concocted with Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin.
Honeybee Afternoon Tea with unlimited prosecco for 90 minutes at £35pp or £29pp on its own. 12noon – 6:00pm. www.sterminshotel.co.uk
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, written and illustrated by beloved author Judith Kerr and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, has charmed children and parents alike since its first publication in 1968. This October, to coincide with its recently announced literary programme, The Savoy has partnered with HarperCollins Children’s Books to launch a unique children’s Afternoon Tea – The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Kerr’s treasured classic.
For what is The Savoy’s first children’s Afternoon Tea offering in its 129-year history, the iconic picture book will be the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats that are drawn from the tea that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting tiger in the story.
The Savoy’s pastry team have created a whimsical menu that will enchant children and bring delight to all grown-ups who are nostalgic for classic stories. The tea will be served on bespoke chinaware also inspired by the story and available to buy from Savoy Tea.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy will be priced from £40 per child aged from five to 12 years old and will comprise sandwiches, tiger striped scones and pastries that playfully reference moments in the story.
- Peanut Butter & Jam Bites
- Red Leicester Cheese Whirl Honey Roast Ham Finger Sandwiches
- Tiger Scones: Freshly-baked stripy scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam
Treats with the Tiger:
- Sophie’s Tights – Blue and pink Battenberg
- The Milkman Special – Vanilla yoghurt, raspberry compote Mummy’s Cookie Crumbs – Dark chocolate cookie dipped in chocolate Tiger Food – Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
- Vanilla Black Tea – Dark vanilla notes of roundness and charm, supported by a discreet, soft but full-textured black tea base.
- Blackcurrant & Hibiscus- Vivid, intense and lively, with a rich spectrum of berry fruits, bright supporting acidity and a sweet, perfumed finish.
- Tiger Hot Chocolate- Served with cream and tiger stripes
- Orange Juice
The Thames Afternoon Tea at The Petersham (Posted September 29th)
With the best seats in the house overlooking the famous bend in the Thames, there’s no better place to celebrate Britain’s famed river than at The Petersham Restaurant at The Petersham Hotel, and throughout September, The Petersham will be serving its traditional Afternoon Tea with a twist – Thames inspired cakes and pastries to mark the month-long River festival, Totally Thames.
For a limited time only, alongside the classic selection of finger sandwiches, traditional scones and award-winning loose-leaf teas, The Petersham’s Thames Tea will feature an innovative menu of blackcurrant and crème “river” sponge in a delightful blue hue, bubble-gum and raspberry macaroons, lemon curd “boat” tartelette and a gateau opera “driftwood” all designed by The Petersham’s talented Head Chef, Jean-Didier Gouges.
The Thames Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Restaurant is available throughout September and is priced at £27.50 Monday to Friday and £29.50 Saturday and Sunday (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).
Champagne Flight Afternoon tea at The Arch London
A luxurious ‘Champagne Flight Afternoon Tea’ has just been launched at The Arch London, a boutique hotel set within seven Georgian townhouses in Marylebone.
Guests can sample a selection of seasonal cakes and freshly made sandwiches all whilst sipping a trio of Taittinger Champagne carefully selected to accompany each round of savouries and cakes.
Available from 12 noon until 7pm, this decadent tea will be served with three glasses of Taittinger champagne in the hotel’s chic Salon de Champagne or on Saturdays the Martini Library. The Champagne Flight Afternoon Tea is priced at £85.00 for two people.
Three 60ml glasses of different Taittinger Champagnes,
each paired perfectly with an afternoon tea course
Savouries – Taittinger Brut Reserve
Scones & cream – Taittinger Prestige Rosé
Sweet treats – Taittinger Nocturne
Savouries & Cakes
Fresh seasonal cakes and finger sandwiches
Delicious homemade plain and fruit scones,
with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve
A choice of Jing loose leaf teas or coffee
The elegant Afternoon Tea has been created by head pastry chef Maria Kargbo, who has vast experience having worked previously at The Berkeley Hotel, The Lanesborough Hotel and The Dorchester Hotel.
The Salon de Champagne features gleaming leather booths, blown glass chandeliers and statement artwork, plus the adjoining stylish Hunter 486 restaurant.
The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com
The Great British Afternoon Tea at De Vere Tortworth Court
Found at the southern fringes of the Cotswolds – one of rural England’s foodie hotspots, De Vere Tortworth Court has created ‘The Great British Afternoon Tea’ – an outdoors-inspired menu of savouries and cakes.
The menu uses homegrown and locally sourced quality produce and includes Tortworth Estate duck egg and watercress sandwiches, with eggs laid by the resident ducks; Wiltshire ham and Tortworth Estate green tomato chutney – made from the hotel’s tasty tomato crop and De Vere honey and lavender cake, made with honey from the Group’s own beehives. For an extra dash of indulgence, guests can add a glass of Lanson Champagne at an additional cost or an English Garden cocktail, made with Beefeater London dry gin, apple juice, elderflower, fresh lime and topped with lemon tonic.
Afternoon tea can be taken in the newly refurbished 1853 Restaurant & Bar, or outdoors on the terrace overlooking the grounds.
Dating back to the 11th Century De Vere Tortworth Court has a rich British heritage and marries a wealth of original features with 21st-century style.
To book The Great British Afternoon Tea, please call 01454 643 791 and reference GreatBritish on booking.
Prices begin from £21.95 per person. English Garden Cocktails are £9.95.
THE CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel has launched its Travel Through Time Afternoon Tea in partnership with Whittard of Chelsea, taking guests on a journey from its advent in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford through to the present day.
The menu includes finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights such as salmon and cucumber, a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s, and coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
Desserts include flummery, a traditional jelly-like dessert made from oatmeal and originating from 1623 with a rhubarb twist; passionfruit and berry egg, a creamy passionfruit mousse topped with a seasonal berry selection inspired by the 1885 Fabergé egg; and a chocolate rainbow cake fashioned into a sundial pointing to four o’clock, the traditional afternoon teatime. All served on a time machine-inspired stand complete with dry ice.
Town House at The Kensington
The internationally renowned Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea at Town House at The Kensington has taken London by storm since it launched last year and has recently been shortlisted for the Afternoon Tea of The Year Award. Totally sold-out since its inception, guests are now in with a chance to experience this sought-after afternoon tea, as reservations will open again on 4th June 2018 for bookings in July and August.
The luxurious Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea is inspired by the iconic characters and scenes of the Oscar-nominated film Beauty and the Beast. Offering guests the perfect fairytale afternoon spent with friends and loved ones, this whimsical tea features delightful Mrs. Potts and Chip Potts fashioned china, together with a delicious assortment of sweets and savouries, allowing guests to indulge on treats inspired by the iconic film.
Biscuits and cakes are set for their annual makeover inspired by the world’s top fashion designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu and Tom Ford, as The Berkeley launches its Spring/Summer 2018 Prêt-à-Portea collection.
A favourite for fashionistas, the service adds an innovative twist to afternoon tea and celebrates the latest catwalk trends.
This season’s shade of summer is Tom Ford’s hot pink forming a chocolate stiletto biscuit, while Miu Miu’s sunny swimsuit of dazzling yellow is placed upon a vanilla biscuit base. Following this is red carpet-ready Ralph & Russo’s pale pink ruffle dress transformed into a delicate ice cream cone.
A butterfly handbag cake is inspired by London’s very own Aruna Seth, while others include Dolce & Gabbana’s Queen of Hearts
celebrated design set upon layered almond sponge cake and Richard Quinn’s iridescent floral display placed on an upside-down Black Forest gateau.
ROYAL LANCASTER LONDON
With the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and Hyde Park’s Rose Gardens in full bloom, Royal Lancaster London offers its Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea.
A botanical selection of sweet delicacies features a freshly-picked strawberry tart with lime curd and baby basil; Valrhona chocolate flower pots with budding crystallised violets; a lemon and elderflower sable dome; and an orange blossom and ginger macaron.
Savoury seedlings include Royal Lancaster home-smoked salmon roses, smoked in a citrus-chamomile tea; and free-range Barradale Farm eggs with wild baby cresses. A sunflower
-seed choux bun filled with zesty Coronation chicken offers a rather exotic scent, while the bouquet of English asparagus is paired with sun-blush tomatoes and red amaranth and a warm tartlet of Somerset Brie, Royal Lancaster honey and red onion chutney.
All blooming Afternoon Teas will include a ‘Flowering Tea’ for the table and a packet of bee-friendly seeds to take home and plant.
DALLOWAY TERRACE AT THE BLOOMSBURY
Dalloway Terrace has launched it new honey bee-themed afternoon tea.
Newly-appointed head pastry chef, Chris Dodd, formerly of Tredwell’s and Café Royal has taken inspiration from the humble bee and its value to the environment. Highlights include honey roast ham and English mustard mayonnaise sandwiches served on wholemeal bread; vanilla scones and Morello cherry scones served with clotted cream; raw honey and homemade jam and lemon shortbread served with lavender honey and blueberry cream, crowned with a blueberry glaze.
The restaurant has also added a classic cocktail to the menu, the aptly named ‘Bee’s Knees’ (£12) – Hayman’s Gin, fresh pressed lemon and London honey – with £2 being donated to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust charity for every drink purchased.
ROYAL HORSEGUARDS HOTEL
The team at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London’s historic Whitehall were busy creating the new Transatlantic Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea to celebrate the nuptuals between Harry and Megan.
They took inspiration from both sides of the pond, bringing together cakes, sweet treats and sandwich fillings to celebrate both Harry and Meghan’s heritages.
From red velvet cupcakes to mini pecan pies, Victoria sponges and blueberry cheesecakes, the sweetest layer of the afternoon tea stand is filled with delicate mouth-watering treats with flourishes of golden crowns and stars and stripes.
The savoury tier includes sandwiches filled with London smoked salmon and cream cheese, classic cucumber and sour cream, honey roast ham and mustard, Parma ham and gherkins and crayfish with Marie Rose sauce.
Completing the service is a selection of traditional handmade sultana and plain scones, served with lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.
This summer, in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier and charity partner mothers2mothers (m2m), Sanderson is launching the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Courtyard Garden.
The Sanderson will transform its iconic garden into an Alice in Wonderland-inspired pink haven, full of flamingos and floral accents, where guests can enjoy the famous Mad Hatter’s
Afternoon Tea with a Cuvée Rosé twist.
The Courtyard Garden is a hidden oasis full of nature as well as a fountain and reflecting pool, together with a seated swing as a throne for the Queen of Hearts, for the perfect Instagram moment. The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is full of characters from the stories of Lewis Carroll’s famous story. The menus are hidden inside vintage books, while sandwich plates feature ticking clocks. The tea is full of classics with a twist, from Tweedle Dee’s lemon curd financier to Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach ‘Drink Me’ potion, alongside Alice-inspired tea infusions.
The Mad Hatter’s Cuvée Rosé Tea will include the Pink Floquet Cake – a strawberry flamingo with a white chocolate Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé croquet truffle.
ST MARTIN’S LANE HOTEL
The Speakeasy Cocktail Tea has arrived at St Martins Lane’s hidden cocktail bar, Blind Spot.
The tiered options of Speakeasy Tea, Cocktail Tea or Champagne Flight makes for the ideal alcoholic accompaniment at the ultra-trendy Blind Spot.
The savoury section includes a mini beef burger; smoked salmon and avocado tartlet; and vegetarian wrap with baba ghanoush and rocket salad, while the sweet selection is formed of grapefruit cheesecake sandwich; raspberry and matcha tea tart; and Ludovic’s summer éclair with passion fruit cream and dulcey ganache.
The service’s tea cocktail options come in the form of the Prelude – Bombay Sapphire gin, English summer tea, rosé champagne and peach syrup; Following A Bird – Bacardi Carta D’oro rum, pineapple spicy mix and darjeeling syrup; or the Smile For A Y 0 chamomile-infused Grey Goose vodka, lemon sherbet and white vermouth syrup.
ONE ALDWYCH HOTEL
One Aldwych has taken influence from its position in the West End and its neighbouring theatre for its afternoon tea. From golden chocolate eggs and chocolate caramel milk to playful homemade candyfloss, every item reflects the wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The savoury section includes smoked salmon, chive crème fraîche on poppy-seed bread; free-range egg mayonnaise and watercress on brioche; coronation chicken on onion bread; caramelised onion, sage and chestnut quiche and Montgomery cheese scone with bacon jam.
The sweets include golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango; chocolate caramel milk; bubble-gum panna cotta, berries and meringue; homemade candy floss; blueberry and white chocolate cake pops; cocoa bean financier; banana and caramelised walnut cake; and warm scones served with berry jam, lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream.
A more adult treat comes in the form of the Cocktail Charlie with Dalmore whisky mixed with Merlet Sœurs Cerises cherry liqueur, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. Topped with champagne.
TRAFALGAR ST JAMES HOTEL
With views of Trafalgar Square and set in the brand-new Dining Rooms, afternoon tea at recently opened Trafalgar St James Hotel uses local ingredients, with flavours that nod to the Mediterranean.
Finger sandwiches include sumac and raisin chicken; egg and cress with sriracha mayonnaise (v); smoked salmon and labneh; cheese & pickle (v); and pickled cucumber, avocado and
Plain and raisin scones are served with a selection of jams and clotted cream, while the afternoon patisserie includes baklava; millionaire orange shortbread; lime cheesecake with champagne rhubarb; and black and white chocolate dipped strawberries, all offered with a choice of Tregothnan tea.
THE PETERSHAM HOTEL
A perfect respite from the heat and drama of the Wimbledon Championships, The Petersham Restaurant, at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond, is running its quintessential Afternoon Tea with a delightful Wimbledon twist, available from Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July.
Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges’ big serves for the season are a scrumptious Pimm’s jelly and cucumber foam, mini mango ‘tennis ball’ cheesecakes and white chocolate and strawberry tartlets. It’s a grand slam of favourite Wimbledon flavours. And, with a view over the Thames as inviting as Centre Court, The Petersham is a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the Championships, and beyond.
The Petersham’s Wimbledon Afternoon Tea also includes a classic selection of finger sandwiches; scones; exquisite patisserie including Petersham Victoria sponge, Opera, and fruit cake; a selection of quality teas; favourites fizzes, and sunshine, of course. Served throughout the course of the famous Championships, the special tea is priced at £27.50 Monday to Friday and £29.50 Saturday and Sunday (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).
THE MIDLAND HOTEL, MANCHESTER
The Tea Room at The Midland has launched a brand-new menu addition and extended its opening hours for guests to enjoy their famous afternoon tea into the evening.
The Manchester hotel already offers a variety of hugely popular afternoon tea menus including traditional, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
The new Evening Tea menu features a selection of delicate sandwiches and hot savouries, including Ox Cheek and Blue Cheese croquettes. Also included is a selection of cakes, alongside the afternoon tea favourite, a scone with clotted cream and a choice of Mrs Darlington’s jams.
The menu will also offer a pairing of two gins, including Manchester Three Rivers, to perfectly complement the savoury and sweet elements.
The Midland Hotel has been serving afternoon tea since its opening in 1903, but last year opened The Tea Room in response to a boom in afternoon tea bookings.
GEORGIAN HOUSE HOTEL
In the Georgian House kitchen chefs have developed a new afternoon tea, which demonstrates how the leftovers from good quality ingredients can be used creatively to produce delicious dishes. Smoked fish bruschetta, savoury and sweet scones, lemon meringue pie, raspberry croissant mille feuille and revitalized Prosecco form part of the menu.
Georgian House hopes its ethically-conscious afternoon tea will encourage guests to consider how to make the most of the produce they buy.
The savoury selection includes meat and cider terrine; spinach, Sussex Slipcote cheese and breadcrumb burger; and fruit scone using dried fruit.
The sweet selections include lemon meringue pie made from egg whites and lemons leftover from making Hollandaise sauce; raspberrycroissant mille feuille made from unused croissants baked until flaky and crisp, with cream and
raspberries; and tea and apple doughnut made with fresh doughnuts infused with tea and filled with apple jam.
NOBU HOTEL, SHOREDITCH
The new Nobu Café, set within the striking Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has launched a luxurious Nobu-style Afternoon tea.
Accompanied by tea or coffee, and the option to add a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a cup of Kinto Coffee or Imperial Gyokuro tea, the afternoon tea will offer a unique take on the British tradition, with dishes including:Chicken Karage, Anticucho Den Miso & Pickled Cucumber on Sourdough Crilled Tofu, Butter Lettuce & Shiso Pesto on Shokupan Yuzu & Kumquat Pound Cake
The sweet section of the afternoon tea service is heavily influenced by matcha, with petit fours and patisserie including a choux injected with matcha cream; yuzu and kumquat pound cake; chocolate tart; almond financier cake; pink and green matcha macaroon; and a matcha and white chocolate bon bon.
W LONDON LEICESTER SQUARE
For an afternoon indulgence packed with tempting treats and playful twists, TEA TOTAL at W London combines iconic tea-time classics, experiential English garden inspired sweet creations and crystallised shots from the bar’s latest cocktail menu.
Available to devour in the vibrant bar and lounge, The Perception at W London, TEA TOTAL will provide the perfect daytime pick-me-up that is almost too beautiful to eat.
Presented in a sleek box complete with pull-out draws and hidden doors, guests will be encouraged to discover the mouth-watering creations one-by-one with the option to start with the traditional sandwiches and freshly-baked scones or immediately tuck in to the unique sweets and paired cocktail shots.
Behind door one, guests will discover Spring Planter, a mint-chocolate mousse-filled flower pot with popping candy dirt and sprouting micro cress, paired with the Banana Republic shot containing Belvedere, sage, lime, apricot jam, cinnamon and banana.
Neighbouring Queen Bee combines fresh flavours of avocado, lemon thyme, pistachio, bee pollen and local honey sourced from Walthamstow; enjoyed with Hayfever – the perfect spring-summer antidote. The Dew Drop, served on a spoon, will certainly surprise taste buds with an edible summer tomato, rose water and Tonka droplet, sitting on a bed of Oreo and coffee soil, to be kicked back with the gin and Violette liqueur-based, Purple Rain.
Waiting in the remaining draws are buttery raisin scones served with traditional clotted cream and tart strawberry jam as well as a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly prepared on tasty hazelnut and apricot sourdough and cranberry and onion bread.
If you’d like to add your Afternoon Tea to this list please email Joe@h2opublishing.co.uk