Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate
Looking for an Afternoon tea with a twist? Urge to satisfy your sweet tooth?
You can indulge into a selection of sweet treats at the Lancaster London Hotel, where Executive Chef Ben Purton has created a traditional afternoon tea with a modern twist.
Upon arrival, we were seated within the quaint Afternoon tea lounge bar of the Lancaster Hotel, there was a really relaxing vibe and it was great way to spend our Sunday afternoon lazing in London; makes a change from all the hustle and bustle in the city! We were first greeted with a glass of fizz; Laurent Perrier Champagne and presented with menus to choose from the ample selection of loose leaf teas.
Priced at either £40 per person including a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, otherwise £30 per person without, & served between 2pm and 5.30pm daily, its up to you to take your pick!
The sweet treats on offer featured White chocolate truffle & raspberry lollypops with popping candy; Mini pistachio macaroons; a Caramel & hazelnut tranche and a vanilla cupcake. My favourite sweet treats were the macaroons and white chocolate and raspberry truffle lollypops. These lollypops were a rather exciting experience, one bite resulted in a popping candy explosion in my mouth, soft on the inside, a truffle centre and a hard exterior - what a creative creation!
The savoury selection on the menu featured a contemporary twist on the classic afternoon tea, with Egg & wild cress choux buns; Coronation chicken tartlets; smoked salmon sandwiches; Roast beef & horseradish filled mini yorkshire puddings and Cucumber sandwiches.
I always find that the sandwich selection on offer at afternoon tea can be a bit bland, with the obvious choices of egg and cress or cucumber. Personally I'd prefer something a little more flavoursome; cheese & pickle, ham & mustard, or even a turkey and cranberry combo would be a fresh outlook for the savoury selection. However, the addition of coronation chicken tartlets & mini filled yorkshire puddings was a pleasant surprise and was thoroughly enjoyed. Previously I dined at The Ritz for Afternoon tea so had a point of comparison.
It was then time to sample from the selection of fresh loose leaf teas. I opted for the Spiced Chai, without hesitation, which didn't disappoint, and was presented with my own mini sand-timer to ensure my Novus tea was brewed to perfection.
We finished off with fresh from the oven scones; a selection of plain and raisin, (the raisin ones were my favourite) served warm with zingy strawberry jam and a delightful helping of Cornish clotted cream - this combination was a match made in heaven! We were even generously offered a second round of scones.
Conveniently placed just outside Lancaster Gate tube station & a mere 10 minute walk from the Oxford Street shopping district, this proves a perfect weekend treat after a spot of shopping and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
If your thinking of going yourself - Lancaster London have asked me to offer my readers a “Free glass of fizz when you book Afternoon Tea”. You just need to make sure you quote ‘Luxe’ when booking or on arrival at the hotel to receive this special deal.
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