What: Royal Lancaster London has created a special Halloween afternoon tea inspired by cult horror and thriller films from the 1960s, the decade in which the hotel was built and opened for business.
New? It is brand new and available only from 17th to 31st October 2017.
Where? Royal Lancaster London (formerly Lancaster London) Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com
On the Menu: Terrifying titles describe the food with options like Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg for savoury. The sweet section has the likes of a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday Battenberg and Night of the Living Tart. You’ll notice a lack of colour on the table and everything including the food is black and white to fit in with 1960s film theme.
The Look: The hotel is currently undergoing a mega £80 million renovation – or re-‘vamp’ – but the lounge area has yet to receive its transformation so it feels a bit like doing an actual time-warp stepping from the freshly laid marble into the slightly dated room. The tables are decorated with black netting and spiders while songs from 1960s horror films play in the background creating some spooky ambience. The tea itself is served on a glass board decorated with scenes from the same films while dry ice smokes eerily over your food.
What We Ate: I have a notorious (with my dentist) sweet-tooth but I didn’t want the savoury part to end. The curried egg mayonnaise sandwiches were incredibly moreish while the goat’s cheese tart was lovely and creamy, stopped from being too sickly with a blob of tangy onion chutney. The scotch egg coated in a black crust was a stand-out with fresh meat – nothing processed to be found – however, on the other end of the scale the avocado in a brioche bun was blasted with so much lemon I found it inedible.
The scones served with home-made blackberry jam weren’t overly exciting; the coconut scones were very dense, you could do some damage with them if you used them to protect yourself from ghouls whilst the chocolate variety lacked sweetness. After a brief drop, the tea got back on track with winner after winner from the sweet section; the marbled lollipops tasted like Lindt chocolates but the middle is pure liquid and explodes in your mouth – amazing. Night of the Living Tart is reminiscent of a delicious berry and cream cheesecake topped with marbled chocolate while the black macaron has a strong orange flavour dipped in white chocolate to counter the strong citrus note. Chocolate lovers will go crazy for the black forest gateau in chocolate choux pastry which has black cherries coated in chocolate ganache.
What We Drank: Kick off the terrifying tea with some Dutch courage in the form of a glass of Lanson Black Label prosecco or the sweeter White Label before calming your nerves with a selection of tea ranging from breakfast to a sweet fruit number called In The Wilderness.
Go With: Only the bravest of brave.
Final Word: Royal Lancaster London constantly spews out top quality afternoon teas; they’re creative but never seem to miss the mark. Someone in the kitchen obviously has a lot of fun making sure their twisted concoctions aren’t just there to look pretty but also taste delicious. I wonder if they’re in need of a sous chef…
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Royal Lancaster London: Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY www.lancasterlondon.com