I’ve all the time related afternoon tea with iconic inns just like the Savoy or the Ritz so I used to be pleasantly stunned to listen to that the InterContinental have been launching their very own model.
The icing on the cake, so to talk, is that it’s related to royalty because the resort is constructed on the positioning of 145 Piccadilly the place Queen Elizabeth spent her early life. Sadly the unique constructing fell sufferer to a German bomb however the resort rose from the ashes. The menu displays British classics but in addition takes inspiration from the international locations of the commonwealth, visited by the Queen over the past 70 years.
We arrive early and there’s only one different household, however over the course of the afternoon the place progressively fills up. The Wellington Lounge’s luxurious is pleasantly understated, the brown and beige tones complementing the snug leather-based armchairs. The partitions have a tree trunk design, impressed by these you may see within the park, and the plates stylishly replicate this motif.
We begin with a glass of champagne while we negotiate the mammoth tea menu, which incorporates inexperienced, black, and white variations and varied infusions.
After all, the selection is clear – it needs to be their bespoke No.1 Park Black tea from Sri Lanka, flavoured with vanilla. Our waiter tells us that it’s designed to enrich the sweetness of the truffles. A tall plate stand is positioned by our desk and the sandwiches begin to arrive.
First up is an open granary roll topped with Scottish lobster, radish and mustard cress in a saffron aioli. It’s like an up-market prawn cocktail and superb it’s too. Subsequent come the finger sandwiches, all on totally different breads. T
right here’s ham with salted truffle butter on easy white, butter-poached hen supreme with coronation dressing on tomato bread. Then traditional cucumber, mascarpone cream and mint on granary bread and at last smoked salmon, citrus and dill cream cheese, with wild watercress on Champagne bread.
They go down simply and are so tasty that we ask to strive the vegetarian possibility. The breads stay principally the identical however the fillings are totally different: egg with coronation dressing, avocado with hummus topped with pumpkin seeds and an unique Center Japanese Mutabal. Merely roasted aubergine, tahini, garlic and lemon seasoned with salt and olive oil with sun-dried tomato and it wins our prime vote.
The buttermilk scones, plain and raisin are mild as a feather, simply asking to be coated with clotted cream and selfmade raspberry and strawberry jams. We pause for a second and order extra tea earlier than plunging into the truffles created by newly appointed Head Pastry Chef Radoslav Georgiev.
These are delicate sculptures on the plate: ardour fruit and wild raspberry cake, Malibu coconut delice, natural cherry and Tonka bean slice and pistachio and seasonal strawberry opera. This final is a fantastically layered creation, the nuts complementing the sweetness of the strawberry and an awesome hit.
However it’s not over but – as we rise up to make our means house, we’re introduced with a big bag containing a pleasant chocolate creation.
On the menu, it says the Queen’s favorite chocolate biscuit cake however that is one thing far airier, maybe a brand new creation from the chef. Undoubtedly not biscuits as we all know it, however maybe royalty will get a superior model.
How a lot
£48.00 per particular person or £65.00 with R de Ruinart Champagne. A vegetarian model can be out there.
The InterContinental London Park Lane Royal Afternoon Tea is served Thursday to Sunday within the Wellington Lounge between 12.00pm and 5.00pm.
Service was attentive and explanations copious and the Queen could be proud.