Afternoon Tea in Kensington
To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, The Royal Garden Hotel have created a spectacular bespoke afternoon tea.
The tea is in the park terrace lounge which has huge windows with views over the greenery of Kensington Gardens. The afternoon tea has been meticulously researched to match the creations to Queen Victoria’s particular tastes and quirky preferences. The menu itself gilded in red and gold is an homage to Queen Vitctoria’s very own diary.
The Afternoon Tea
The afternoon tea (£38pp with freshly brewed loose leaf tea) starts with a beef tea. It consists of strands of slow roasted Scotch fore rib topped with a rich beef consomme. This was a rich, warming start to the afternoon tea and served beautifully in a little teacup.
This was followed by sandwiches and savoury pastries. This included coronation chicken (of course) and a gorgeous smoked salmon with whisky cream cheese. There were also some very delicious and thoughtful vegetarian options.
There was also game tart with asparagus in a shortcrust pastry. We loved the little egg vol au vents – puff pustry with egg and watercress, a delicious mix of textures.
Next there is a selection of fresh fruit. Not often on afternoon tea menus, it cut through the richness of the savoury dishes and balanced the palate ahead of the sweet options to follow.
The sweet options were beautifully present and included scones, a spongy nostalgic bread and butter pudding (a childhood favourite of Queen Victoria’s), cranberry tart, chocolate cake and orange jelly.
Our highlight was the cranberry tart which was served in a gorgeously crisp buttery shortcrust pastry. The vibrant red filling hit the palate with a delicious sharpness balanced beautifully with a serving of vanilla Chantilly. The chocolate crown to top the tart was a lovely little touch too.
The afternoon tea is served with a huge variety of premium loose teas – black, white, green and matcha all offered. We really enjoyed the light and slightly nutty sencha ahead of our sweet dishes.
There is a champagne or a cocktail option, the Queen Victoria Tipple for (£10 supplement). It combines the Queen’s love of red wine and whisky into an enticing cocktail. The cocktail arrives in a cloud of red and white that swirl beautifully together as they slowly mix. The drink itself is sharp but not as potent as you’d expect, as the lemon lifts the flavours well.
The level of passion, energy and research put into curating this afternoon tea in Kensington was evident from talking to the chef and researcher. The creation of this menu has been a labour of love. This is evident in the visual details of the dishes and the gorgeous flavour combinations.
It is a really unique afternoon tea that delivers fantastic textures and flavours. We highly recommended for food lovers, royal enthusiasts and sophisticated afternoon tea lovers alike.
East London Girl: Royal Garden Hotel
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