What: Want to woo your boo with the most romantic of meals: the afternoon tea? For what is more seductive than eating dainty sandwiches and miniature cakes? Royal Lancaster London has you covered with their new Valentine’s afternoon tea.
New? The Royal Valentine’s Afternoon Tea will be available from 7-20th February 2018.
Where? Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY www.royallancaster.com
On the menu: Enjoy a plate of savoury options to yourself that include wild mushroom and truffle Arancini balls and sesame seeded choux buns filled with blushing tomato and fragrant basil. Some afternoon teas only serve one sweet option so you spend your time dividing everything up but that’s not a problem here so you are free to scoff down rosewater and white chocolate macarons, raspberry ripple marshmallow tarts (not vegetarian so make sure not included if you ask for the vegetarian afternoon tea), strawberries and cream Viennese swirls, and strawberries and cream lollipops.
The Look: After undergoing an £80 million refurbishment (£30 million over budget – try explaining that to your boss), the hotel looks super swanky, as one would hope after that expenditure. There is cream marble as far as the eye can see, high ceilings and everything has the feel of being new and sparkly. Afternoon tea has been moved from the lounge upstairs, which is still rocking the dated décor, to the new dining area behind reception.
What We Ate: The choux buns filled with tomato and basil was easily my favourite, lovely light pastry that bursts with flavour. The Arancini balls were nice but either needed more cheese inside or a sauce to dip them in. I really enjoyed the cheddar cheese sandwich with tangy apple chutney too. Stomach lined it was on to the scones which is served with plain, sultana and strawberry scones and delightfully sweet homemade jam and Cornish clotted cream, the strawberry scones were a nice touch although the strawberry flavour wasn’t particularly strong.
Everything in the sweet section lives up to its name, for example the strawberries and cream lollipops encased in white chocolate is pop of sugary bliss and were even planted in a pot of pink and purple sugar. All of the sweets were nice, and either pink or covered in hearts except the hazelnut mousse on Sablé Breton which was my favourite of that section, the creamy mousse was more of a caramel-like paste and delicious.
What We Drank: In suitably romantic fashion I chose the Persian pomegranate tea which is a lovely shade of dark pink, perfectly shown off in the clear glass cup. Upgrade your tea to include a glass of Moët & Chandon Rose Champagne and celebrate the fact you have a date on Valentine’s.
Go With: This one is pretty self-explanatory, take a Valentine’s date. If you don’t have one (which is fine, who needs a date anyway?) take your mum.
Final Word: Already a firm fan of the afternoon teas at Royal Lancaster London, their new Valentine’s afternoon tea didn’t fail to disappoint. I have had many a tea in my day and there’s just something special about the ones here, perhaps partly due to the fact that they aren’t lazy with their vegetarian options, the idea of a houmous sandwich seems unspeakable.
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Royal Lancaster London: Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY www.royallancaster.com