Cocktail afternoon tea in London
The Lyaness is the latest bar from the award-winning Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana). Situated on the ground floor of the Sea Containers Hotel we visited to try out their Fancy cocktail afternoon tea.
Lyaness aims to bring a cook’s approach to cocktails and flavour creation and focuses on sustainability and innovation. The menu is based on their search and creation of unusual ingredients for their drinks and paired with food.
The electric blue interior and small intimate tables make a lovely setting for afternoon tea.
Fancy Tea at Lyaness
Their twist on the classic afternoon tea certainly makes it one of the more unique cocktail afternoon tea in London experiences. Each course has a unique ingredient creation with a paired cocktail (£58pp). If you don’t fancy the paired cocktails you can opt for champagne (£48) or no alcohol (£38).
We started off our Fancy Tea with a Glasshouse Spritz: ultra-raspberry, cherry tomato, bubbles. This was a gorgeous baby pink colour with glitter sparkles on the glass. It was light and refreshing – a perfect way to begin the experience. We were also offered a selection of teas including English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, and Chamomile Flowers as well as coffee.
Sandwiches and Savouries
The sandwiches and savouries arrived together paired with another cocktail – the Carter Cobbler infinite banana, grey goose, green tea Bianco. The mix was perfect and the flavours subtle.
We loved the selection of sandwiches and savouries which differed from the norm. The roast beef on focaccia, rosemary mayonnaise & rocket was our favourite and the sausage roll were just AMAZING. The devilled eggs were a lovely touch as well. The texture of the Watercress coronation sweet potato & squash, crispy shallots & baby gem on walnut bread was slightly odd but tasty nonetheless.
This was followed by another light cocktail – the Jasmine Gimlet – with purple pineapple, Bombay sapphire, jasmine, citrus Cordia. This was served with pineapple upside down scone, clotted cream and cherry jam.
Although the pineapple upside down scone was great, we do still prefer normal scones as the clotted cream and jam naturally compliments it better. The other sweet treats of sunflower salt tea cake, strawberry & mascarpone Éclair and fruit trifle had intricate detail and were beautifully presented.
The final cocktail was the Cold Brew Palmetto with Havana 3 rum, cold brew tea, peach. This was a lot stronger than the other cocktails but was a good digestif after the meal.
Lyaness offers an amazing cocktail afternoon tea in London and one people will no doubt start raving about. The menu is well thought through and executed and offers a unique twist on the norm. Given cocktails are usually around £13, we also think it is great value! The staff were friendly and enthusiastically told us about each section of the afternoon tea and cocktails.
East London Girl: Lyaness
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