When it’s this sort of weather there is nothing better than to get out of the cold and set yourself up with good company and better food. With this in mind we headed over to The Lancaster who have recently launched their new afternoon tea.
Served in the lounge – which is the perfect setting with dark wooden panels, an open fire and sofas you can just sink into- the tea is classic yet with little contemporary twists and nostalgic sweet inspired cakes. First we were brought Novus loose teas and a mini sand timer so that each type could be brewed to perfection, which was a genius idea. Then we started with sandwiches, you’ve got the classics, cucumber, smoked salmon, roast beef and horse radish – yes they might not be that adventurous but you know they were great and why? Because the bread wasn’t dry, hurrah! It’s so hard to find a tea without dry bread, I’m not sure why, perhaps because the slices are so thin, but at The Lancaster they’ve kept things simple and won! Coronation chicken tartlets had beautifully crumbly pastry and just the right amount of fragrance. Plain and raisin scones followed with cream and raspberry jam, they were delicious but we were left waiting for them quite a while.
Moving on the cakes were meant to be inspired by nostalgic sweets apart from the white chocolate truffle and raspberry pops dusted with popping raspberry (which were delicious) I’m not sure how much the theme came through but other winners were little pistachio macaroons and caramel and hazelnut tranche.
Moving onwards there will be teas inspired by various film releases, but the classic afternoon tea can’t be beaten.
The tea is served between 2:30pm and 5:30pm and guests can also enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier