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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Afternoon Tea News - Gluten Free Tea at Pantry at 108

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea article from Tea With Me and Friends - this is another in our series of articles where we are sharing some afternoon tea news rather than a tea we have sampled.

As it's currently dietary requirement month on the blog we have decided to feature the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea which is currently on offer at Pantry at 108  which opened in April 2014 at The Marylebone Hotel, London.

Gluten free afternoon tea at Pantry at 108

The menu for this wonderful looking afternoon tea is as follows:

The Savouries
Smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber, egg mayonnaise and ham sandwiches on gluten free bread
Super food salad, endive

The Sweets
Coconut cake
Lime cake
Banana and pomegranate cake
Chocolate and blueberry cake
Sherry trifle

Gluten free scones
Clotted cream and jam

I love the sound of that banana and pomegranate cake!

This afternoon tea costs £28.00 per person and the hotel also offers a dairy free afternoon tea. For more information head over to their website.

Meet the Chef.....

Executive Chef Russell Ford

We also had the opportunity to ask Executive Chef Russell Ford a couple of questions about afternoon tea and his gluten free creation. Chef Russell took on the role of executive chef at The Doyle Collection hotel group’s Marylebone and Kensington hotels in December 2011, having previously worked within the Le Méridien Piccadilly and The Dorchester and also spending some time in Australia.

We asked Chef Russell about his afternoon tea....

Q How long does it usually take you to create new afternoon teas? 
It takes two months from the concept to the final product.

Q. Was it more difficult to create your gluten free afternoon tea? 
Yes as we need to source a number of different ingredients that can be harder to find. It’s also a lot more difficult to get the gluten free recipe for the bread and pastries just right, so we needed to allow more time for sampling and tasting!

Q. Where did your inspiration for your gluten free recipes come from? 
I undertook a lot of research and am constantly inspired by recipe books, foodie websites and eating out.

Q. Do you have any gluten free taste testers to try your recipes? 
Our expert chefs and our staff in particular are always willing taste tasters!

Q. Do you enjoy a spot of afternoon tea yourself and have you tried tea anywhere else? 
I love going for afternoon tea, I have tried all the top places including Claridges and the Dorchester.

Q. The all important question - do you put cream or jam on your scone first? 
Clotted cream first

Q. If you could invite any guest to enjoy afternoon tea with you, who would it be? 
Scarlet Johansson

We'd like to thank Chef Russell for sharing his thoughts with us, we're hoping to visit the Pantry at 108 in the near future so watch this space for a full review.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

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