Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London
Till 15th January 2015
A perfect festive treat awaits at the distinguished Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. The setting is in the newly opened Rosebery, which faces fashionable Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street.
With all the hype in and around London of Paddington Bear, the blockbuster movie and the Paddington trail around London a great success, this themed afternoon tea is a grand finale to all this extravaganza. As with all afternoon teas, expect a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. Look out for one of the Paddington Bear statues in the hotel!
The team at the Rosebery have created some really cute dainties depicting Paddington Bear and his favourite treats, marmalade! The little Paddington Bear hat where the rim is made of chocolate and the top of sugary jelly; the infamous chocolate suitcase; Paddington’s favourite marmalade sandwich and a Paddington pot with saffron custard. But before you can devour through this you have to indulge in the sandwiches on the bottom tier of the uniquely designed two tier stand, which is actually hung on a metal tree overhanging the table. Very unique and very apt for this garden themed room.
The sandwiches are uniquely rolled up, as opposed to boring rectangles, and filled with exquisite fillings, such as, turkey, sage and cranberry, cured ham and tomatoes and a cute brioche of crab and crayfish. The serving is smaller than usual, but that’s just because of the limitations of the design of the sandwich. Please do ask your waitress for more sandwiches if you so desire.
The scones are only brought to your table when you are ready, as they are served deliciously warm. Accompanied by homemade strawberry jam, rose petal jelly and lemon curd and of course the mandatory devonshire clotted cream, which I must say is the finest I have had in London. Both varieties the plain and with raisins are yummy. Again small in size so if you so desire ask for more! But be warned, there is a serving of freshly baked seasonal cakes, which includes mini mince pies, in addition to all the above afternoon tea treats!
The Rosebery depicts a garden theme with the stunning grand peacock behind the bar and the delicate lighting. The afternoon tea crockery is of a bespoke design with birds and butterflies by William Edwards. This adds to the grandeur of the room as does the classy glassware by John Jenkins. In the 1920s, this very room was a stylish tea room, and it has now returned with exquisite décor which enhances the rooms Victorian origins. The height of the room is admirable, with plenty of natural light coming in from the windows.
Another unique aspect to the afternoon tea at the Rosebery is the signature blend teas which the Mandarin has curated and which have been crafted by the East India Company. Even though you may have a favourite, such as English Breakfast or Earl Grey, I highly recommend you try these bespoke blends, such as the afternoon blend which has Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka and Golden Monkey leaf from China and the Directors reserve Darjeeling second flush, best with a slice of lemon. These delicate teas go well with the sandwiches. As you move on to the scones, the tea can take a stronger flavour and the single estate of Pedro Pekoe from Sri Lanka is very good. With the sweet dainties, the white tea is a perfect combination which has a fruitful fragrance but does not overpower the taste.
This lovely experience in a unique London hotel can be booked here.
Enjoy every aspect including the fabulous christmas decorations in the hotel.
WEDGWOOD AFTERNOON TEA
Five sittings daily from 12 - 5.30pm
The illustrious Langham hotel is where the tradition of afternoon tea started 150 years ago in 1865 and still lives on as the finest indulgence to be experienced in London. In this celebratory year at the hotel there will be many unique events, such as this Wedgwood inspired afternoon tea.
Founded in 1759, Wedgwood is the finest supplier of Giftware and Tableware in the country and even caters for Her Majesty the Queen. Since the mid 18thcentury, tea had become a popular choice of beverage amongst the European royal families and hence the development of exclusive tea ware.
As per the legend, it was the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria, lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, who started the concept of afternoon tea and also became a collector of this fine Wedgwood tea ware.
Set in the grand Palm court in the centre of the hotel, with magnificent high ceilings, quirky decorative mirrors and grand chandeliers, this extensive room has comfortable seating including lovely sofas to relax and enjoy afternoon tea. The live pianist adds to delightful ambiance and is open to requests should you wish a favourite recital to be played.
The vast tea selection has a great variety from the Langham Blends and Wedgwood Teas which have been selected with the utmost care and harvested at specific moments to capture the natural aromas and flavours. All staff are masters of tea and can guide you to pick the perfect blend. Try a different tea with for each course, sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Take your time and enjoy the experience. For those who enjoy black tea, try the Langham Blend and Wedgwood original, both without milk! Best had with the sandwiches, you will be pleasantly surprised. With the sweet treats the Silk Road blend, which is a Chinese silver needle white tea is a perfect accompaniment with very delicate flavours. There is even a special ‘Children’s blend’ tea which has fruity rooibos and is completely caffeine free!
To start with a lovely amuse bouche of lemon posset is served to cleanse your palate. This is very unique for an afternoon tea! The sandwiches at the Langham are brought out and served eloquently from a lovely tray. Expect to see some quirky varieties such as the smoked ham, comte cheese and white truffle oil in a mini bun, and egg with mustard cress in a cute roll. Please do ask for more if you so desire. The traditional scones are served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam served deliciously warm and are only brought out to you when you are ready. As these are small in size, do not hesitate to ask for more.
The best part of the afternoon tea are the exquisite sweet treats inspired by the Wedgwood collection and created by Cherish Finden, the head pastry chef and her team. The intricate designs each and every treat illustrates the time and effort taken to create such delights. The upside down tea cup with a quirky handle is particularly interesting. The combination of flavours which have been used to create something unique has to be admired, such as the rose and lychee log. What is fabulous about the entire selection here is that there is actual ‘cake’ and not just mini desserts. A cute, quirky, Victoria sponge which was my favourite, and there is even a ‘cookie’ in the shape of a teapot which was a refreshing change to traditional sweet treat selections.
If you are celebrating Mother’s day then champagne is a must and the Langham is offering the exclusive Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle as well as the standard Brut and Rose.
Tea at the Langham is truly enjoyable. The soothing music, exceptional service and great setting, makes it the ideal choice to spoil your mum this mother’s day.
With 160 covers a day and five sittings to choose from, make your booking here.
Happy Mothers Day!
View the Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Album