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Last weekend Sheree and I visited London at Ten Trinity Square, a Four Seasons hotel, for a spot of afternoon tea. Situated near the Tower of London, this hotel is impressive from the outside and has a glamorous interior. Afternoon tea is served in the Rotunda Lounge, which has a 1920s feel to it with a beautiful art deco domed ceiling - a nod towards the buildings history (it was the 1922 headquarters of the Port of London Authority).
The afternoon tea is also a glamorous affair with a 1920s theme - the menu is called The Bright Young Things and is served on elegant china and a rather unusual stand...
If I am honest I'm not sure I like this presentation, although it's not tall and imposing it does create a wall between you and your fellow tea friends....just look at Sheree over the other side of the food! However, as you can see all the food was easily accessible and we had enough room on the table.
The savouries were served on individual slates and included five different items....
On first inspection I liked the variety on offer, it's always nice to see more than just a finger sandwich on the menu. The fillings were all very different too:
Chicken coronation Curry mayonnaise & allysum flowers
Heritage beetroot Hazelnut, chives & goat cheese mousse
Salmon rillettes Lime mayonnaise, egg roe & lemon balm leaves
Roasted beef Pink peppercorn sauce, rocket & parmesan
Egg & truffle Watercress & soft cooked quail egg
There were two items that I was really looking forward to trying on the menu....the coronation chicken (my guilty pleasure) and the egg sandwich. Unfortunately, although the flavours were good and there were no crusts, the bread itself had started to go a bit crusty.
The rest of the savouries tasted fresh, but these two sandwiches had the air of a crustless sandwich which had been waiting for us to arrive rather than one that was freshly made. It was a real shame as I really enjoyed the coronation chicken filling, probably one of the best I have enjoyed.
Moving on, we turned our attention to the scones....
Do not adjust your screen.......there are two very pink scones there!
The scones included two plain and two cranberry scones, served with clotted cream, apricot preserve and strawberry preserve.
As you can see there was fruit in the cranberry scones, but I couldn't really taste the flavour. The scones themselves had a great texture though and were served warm.
Finally we moved onto the 1920s themed sweet treats, which included hats, lips and an ashtray complete with cigar!
As well as being some of the most unusual looking afternoon tea treats that I've seen in a while, the sweets were also diverse in flavour and we couldn't wait to tuck in!
Rubi grapefruit cheese cake Cream cheese mousse, pink grapefruit confit
Mango, coconut & ginger Citrus mousse, mango jelly, coconut & ginger dacquoise
Pistachio, blackcurrant & violet Pistachio chantilly, blackcurrant & violet jelly
Chocolate & salted caramel Salted butterscotch, Guanaja chocolate mousse
Lime & raspberry pannacotta Lime pannacotta, raspberry jelly
We both thoroughly enjoyed the sweets that accompanied this tea. It's not often that a menu contains so many flavours that all appeal to me....I'll usually really like one or two and the rest are just ok. These however, were nearly all wonderful ....I wasn't a fan of the pistachio and violet, but that was purely a flavour preference (Sheree really enjoyed it).
All the rest were delicious!
I think my favourite was the ashtray....
Don't let the blue colour put you off....the chocolate and salted caramel were very well balanced and the biscuit base was amazing!
We also both loved the raspberry and lime pannacotta - again, really well balanced, fresh flavours and a beautiful consistency. I'm not usually a pannacotta fan and so this really surprised me.
Although our tea was topped up throughout our afternoon we weren't offered anymore food. I probably couldn't have eaten anymore, but as this is a more expensive afternoon tea it would be preferably to have the option if we wanted seconds of anything.
This afternoon tea costs £45 each or if you fancy a glass of champagne with your tea it costs £55. For more information pop by the London at Ten Trinity Square website.
Thank you for popping by today,