If afternoon tea is the pinnacle of Britishness, surely you’d want it as British as possible? A really Great British tea? One created by a winner of a really Great British competition? John Whaite, the 2012 winner of The Great British Bake Off (was it really four years ago?!) has created an afternoon tea for The Royal Horseguards Hotel, to honor the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Expect tiered cake stands piled high with inventive yet traditional treats; choux buns are filled with an explosion of raspberry and rose, hazelnut and maple chocolate tarts resemble mini Ferrero Rochers and Victoria sponges come in triangle form with piped meringue icing. Lemon macarons and yuzu and coconut blondies make it all a bit different and hint at John’s creative and experimental nature that got him right to the end of the show. Freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream and finger sandwiches complete the tea, with a unique loose leaf strawberries and cream tea getting you ready for a summer of all things British. Topping off a very British tradition by a Great British baker is the venue itself: one of London’s grandest hotels. Once the HQ of the Secret Service, the 5-star Royal Horseguards Hotel has walls steeped in history and now, tea steeped in Great British Bake Off winning style.
A Right Royal Afternoon Tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel launches on Sunday 1st May