Oh My! Where has the time gone? I’ve neglected my little blog over the past few weeks – mainly because I’ve been so very busy! I’ve been here there and everywhere! I am back on track now though and apologise for my absence! 🙂
Last month, it was my birthday and for part of that treat I went to London for a special themed afternoon tea!
I went to the Town House at the Kensington Hotel to enjoy a Beauty and The Beast Themed afternoon tea with my boyfriend and parents. The hotel was absolutely stunning. The pastel blue hues of the tableware, the quiet calm that you felt when you walked in off the hustle and bustle of a London street! It was all divine!
The meal started with a selection of dainty savouries – a mini venison pie, a cheese & onion soufflé and a little Beef Ragu & Saffron Arancini served with Lemon Creme Fraiche. It was all very delicious, my favourite being the little venison pie.
Along with the savouries I drank something named “Cloud” tea. Oh my! It was heavenly. Honestly the best tea I’ve ever drunk. There’s something so quaint about drinking tea out of a tea cup instead of a giant mug like I do at home, that’s slightly more lady like and appealing 🙂
After the starters out came a three tiered plate containing all manor of deliciousness! It was very clearly themed & everything was explained to us by our waiter.
On the bottom tier was Marie’s Sweet Brioche Baguettes with apricot preserve & chocolate pots, referring to the local baker from Belle’s hometown in the film. I would go as far as saying that these were my favourite thing off the entire menu! The apricot preserve was yummy and the combination of that with the chocolate was immense. They made a nice alternative to scones for sure!
The middle layer contained a selection of four different sandwiches. Chicken and Cranberry, Salmon, Egg Mayo and Cheese & Cucumber. All perfect – I even enjoyed the salmon one which usually I don’t!
Finally on the top layer was a selection of deserts – if you’re not a fan of chocolate though, look away now!
There was a Spiced Snow Ball Macaroon; Coconut & Chocolate, referring of course to the classic scene featuring Belle and Beast’s playful snowball fight
Taken from everyone’s favourite song from the film, ‘Be Our Guest’, was a ‘Try the Grey Stuff’ White Chocolate Mousse, a dessert recommended by none other than the iconic candle character, Lumiere. This was very creamy indeed! I couldn’t eat all of it as it was pretty sickly – but nice nethertheless.
This little Chocolate Clock Tart; Chocolate Ganache, featuring an image of the lovable Cogsworth’s face was scrummy too – delicately designed and full of chocolate flavour!
Finally was a Vanilla & Gold Jelly, presented in shot glasses with the ever-symbolic rose petal immersed inside, served with cream poured from Mrs. Potts spout. I was not a fan of this at all! The jelly was bland, the rose petal was gross and the cream made it feel like you were basically just eating cream! Not nice. Not a fan of the texture much either. Other members of the party enjoyed it though!
You even got given a little marzipan biscuit to take home with you at the end of the sitting. A cute belle themed dress! I didn’t actually eat this as I was high on sugar and tea & decided I couldn’t possibly eat anymore. It made it home but then I forgot about it and someone else ate it!
It was a lovely experience, however doesn’t rate as one of my best ever afternoon tea experiences. There was no topping up of sandwiches or anything and the whole meal felt pretty rushed, with the staff taking a plate off of your tiered cake stand as soon as it was empty! To their credit though, I left a review on trip advisor to this effect & they are passing the comments onto their staff, so hopefully others won’t feel as rushed. One of my good friends are actually experiencing this afternoon tea today so I can find out from her what she thought and whether they’ve made any changes!
This afternoon tea is very popular as is very heavily booked. There are actually no spaces available now until the new year, when the price is being increased per person to £38.50. You can find out more and book the tea here >> Afternoon Tea