What: Afternoon tea inspired by the scents of summer
Why: Do you need a reason for afternoon tea?
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY
Our Favourite Thing: Pink peppercorn and thyme chicken sandwiches
Website: Click to visit
Remember when we told you about InterContinental Park Lane’s Scents of Summer afternoon tea? Where they joined with Floris to create a floral tea that captured the essence of an English summer garden? Bringing together cakes and Floris’ key summer notes? Quite considerate really given that the chances are of smelling fresh air and flowers in London during the summer is close to none. Well we decided that we’d go down and check it out for you -who’s being considerate now?
The tea is served in the Wellington Lounge which has the same refinement and sophistication as a good English country garden, you know the sort that Elizabeth Bennet would take turns about.
Things started with a grass shot with strawberry, it was earthy, sweet and surprisingly refreshing, before sandwiches like none I’ve seen before, I could see the others looking around, they had sandwich envy. Rolled into wheels and brightly coloured, they were reminiscent of a flower; the stand out was the honey roast pumpkin and crumbled feta which was in a woody green swirl of bread. Top marks as well for the pink peppercorn and thyme chicken in an orange bread.
Scones were served not only with a clotted cream and jam but also a Earl Grey infused butter which was lovely with the jam whilst a lemon and pink pepper corn curd, which was tangy, sharp, was said to work with the jam, we disagreed – we suggest trying it by itself whilst sipping on an Earl Grey which has been infused with a little Lapsang, the smokiness works wonderfully.
Things got a little dramatic when the cakes appeared, as we were spritz in an edible perfume, if you don’t like being the centre of attention then brace yourself. If you were ever the child that use to eat mud and try and make cakes out of grass and flowers, then this is the grown up variation, as a little garden appeared on our table: edible flowers, chocolate rocks, cookie crumble soil, jasmine tea cakes and peach melba mousses all surrounded a chocolate terracotta pot filled with a white chocolate roses and a rose mousse. Grapefruit and almond tarts were piled high with violet cream and bergamot and blackcurrant flower macaroons finished the look. For a floral white tea to go with it then the rose and peony or the jasmine is a subtle, sweet white tea that compliments the delicate notes.
We might not have a garden in London and we might not be able to feel the sun on our skin, but for those couple of hours, at least we could eat the scents of summer and what more could you ask for?
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