Who doesn't love flowers? And even better, a themed tea that celebrates spirit-lifting, floral beauty? With the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and Hyde Park’s Rose Gardens in full bloom, Royal Lancaster London is following suit with the ‘Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea’. From 2 May until June 2018, the pastry chefs will be switching the butter for buttercups with the flora-inspired afternoon tea.
Here's what you'll be served - reading about it is almost as indulgent as actually enjoying it! A beautifully botanical selection of sweet delicacies features a freshly-picked Strawberry tart with lime curd and baby basil; Valhrona chocolate flower pots with budding crystallised violets; a Lemon and elderflower sable dome; and an Orange blossom and ginger macaron. Savoury seedlings include Royal Lancaster home-smoked salmon roses, smoked in a Citrus-Chamomile tea; and Free-range Barradale Farm eggs with wild baby cresses. A Sunflower-seed choux bun filled with zesty Coronation chicken offers a rather exotic scent; while the bouquet of English Asparagus is paired with sun-blush tomatoes and red amaranth; and a warm Tartlet of Somerset brie, Royal Lancaster honey and red onion chutney are both full of wild British woodland flavours. Yum!
Both traditional and raisin scones will be served with a Homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, plus a nectar-sweet Orange marmalade. All blooming Afternoon Teas will include a ‘Flowering Tea’ for the table, and a packet of bee-friendly seeds to take home and plant. Sweeten up the start of summer with a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne, the perfect accompaniment for the Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea. For an even more ‘flower-full’ combination, enjoy a glass of blushing Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne. How heavenly.
The whimsical afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s elegant Hyde Lobby Bar from 2pm until 5.30pm, from 2 May until June 2018. The Bloomin’ Tea is priced at £35 per person; £45 with a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne; and £55 with a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne.