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As the new year gets underway it brings with it resolutions, diets (started and given up on) and the whole ‘new year, new me’ optimism. We, however, prefer the line ‘new year, new tea’. One, because it is one of our favourite things and two, the first new afternoon tea of the year has arrived and this time it’s The Dorchester first off the mark with the rolling pin.

Yes, Mayfair stalwart, The Dorchester, is launching another afternoon tea to run alongside its tea at The Promenade, except this time they are paying homage to the later owner Sir David Tang by launching afternoon tea for the first time at their Cantonese restaurant, China Tang at The Dorchester.

Served Monday to Friday, in the opulent bar inspired by the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, the tea will be prepared by Executive Chef Chong Choi Fong. Don’t expect to find scones and sandwiches though, instead, the tea will start with dim sum, butterfly prawn toast, vegetarian spring rolls, gai lan cheung before continuing with egg custard tarts, Mandarin delight, osmanthus jelly, fried sweet chui chow dim sum and their signature steamed chocolate dumplings.

The tea menu has been devised by Jade Tea and will include the likes of Jasmine Supreme, Silver Needle and Rare Orchid. Of course, with the tea being served in London, where everyday is cocktail day, they’ll be three tea-based cocktails to choose from, we rather like the sound of the French Tea made from Pothecary gin, Champagne syrup and lavender tea.

As to who the rolling pin baton will be passed over to next, remains to be seen but no doubt as we head towards February the Valentine’s tea will start to be warming up.

Tea at Tangs is now being served at The Bar at China Tang at The Dorchester, Monday to Friday.