What: The classic afternoon tea is given an Italian make-over at Belgravia restaurant, Il Pampero.
New? Il Pampero opened in The Hari in early February of this year, whilst the afternoon tea launched at the start of July.
Where? The Hari, 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 8HQ www.ilpampero.com
On the Menu: The afternoon tea is an Italian take on the classic, so in the savoury section are arancini balls and parma ham with melon, instead of scones is the superior bombolone, a type of Italian doughnut, and the sweet section consists of hazelnut bignè and ricotta and chocolate cannolo.
The Look: It’s relatively dark inside although our booth is flooded with natural lighting above showing off the green leather seats and dark tiled floor. Exposed bricks are joined by lacquered green walls and there is a central, marble topped bar. The china is purposefully mismatched in different pastel shades and the pattern on it is similar to a simple daisy design.
What We Ate: There are two flavours of arancini (mushroom and truffle and pea and saffron) but both are served in little dish so there is a brief case of Russian roulette on which flavour you will get, luckily both were delicious. The burrata and avocado was a double dose of creamy goodness while the parma ham and mango was light and refreshing. Easily the winner was the light, aerated strawberry jam bombolone and cream bombolone, one dusted with granulated sugar and the other powdered. The cream was more like a crème anglaise, there was a healthy amount inside each bombolone but a side portion of cream and jam is served just in case.
What We Drank: A selection of teas is available but why not do things in true Italian style with bottomless Prosecco? Afternoon tea bookings don’t begin until 2.30pm so you’re well in the clear to start day drinking.
Go With: Afternoon tea fans will appreciate the mix up from the typical afternoon tea whilst not straying too far from the beaten track.
Final Word: It’s good to see an afternoon tea that is unlike the others, no sandwiches or scones in sight, and yet it still feels like an afternoon tea. The bombolone was out of this world and definitely needs to make it in to the foodie main stream.
Il Pampero: The Hari, 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 8HQ