Ever wanted to dine with Oscar Wilde? Well now you can…kind of. Hotel Café Royal is celebrating the arrival of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Harold Pinter theatre, with a specially designed afternoon tea.
Executive Chef Andrew Turner and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Blas have created the unique and fanciful menu using influences from the characters and history of the play. Paying tribute to the infamous cucumber sandwich furore are the Original ‘cucumber’ sandwiches, which are not at all as you’d expect. The sandwich selection also includes Everyman’s smoked wild boar, crackling pickled apple and English mustard bun, Gold puff goat’s cheese and wine jelly engagement, and London cure smoked salmon, quail’s egg and cress Prism. Inspiration from the play is carried through into the playfully named pastries with Chocolate box ‘n’ ring, Lady Bracknell lollipop and Dandy Raspberry Regent.
Most afternoon teas involve scones and cakes and this one is no different. With traditional tea marinated golden raisin, apricot and plain scones served with clotted cream and a choice of preserves alongside Hotel Café Royal’s speciality cakes. Guests can also have the option of additional ‘Savoury Terminus’ including scrambled egg and fresh truffle ‘Royal’ and Anchovy on toast and Gentleman’s relish.
Held in the iconic Oscar Wilde Bar, the tea will be available from 16th June, priced at £42 or £55 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.