A selection of storytelling desserts and savoury delectable make up the high tea
March 12, 2022: In a city famous for its afternoon teas, London’s The Lanesborough hotel has announced its latest afternoon tea, inspired by Bridgerton, created in partnership with Netflix and Shondaland.
Launching on March 25, the limited-edition tea will pay homage to the Regency era, which was a time of great revelling and high style, of elegant parties, balls, and grand dinners, with a contemporary twist.
Carefully crafted by The Lanesborough’s Head Pastry Chef, Kevin Miller, the menu will pay tribute to the key families in Bridgerton, in addition to ‘Lanesborough House’.
Finger sandwiches and brioche sliders will comprise of Coronation chicken, fresh coriander, Clarence court egg mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard, Smoked salmon, horseradish, watercress, Organic cucumber, natural yoghurt, mint, Rare roast beef slider, black pepper mayonnaise, onion seed. To accompany savoury flavours and The Lanesborough’s delectable scones, cream and jam, Miller’s curated cake and sweet treat concept will include five signature highlights.
The Queen’s Diamond is an exquisite hand-crafted chocolate blended with honey, green cardamon and white chocolate ganache, displayed in a jewel coloured ring box, is a nod to Edwina Sharma, this season’s diamond.
In honour of Viscount Anthony, The Rake is a cake of distinction. A dandy white shirt enveloped in a crisp tailored suit with a dashing cream cravat, the delectable cake is a chocolate sable with milk chocolate mousse and a burst of whipped passionfruit curd centre. It is finished in a dark chocolate glaze, chocolate shard collar, and a whipped passionfruit cream Chantilly cravat.
A British staple inspired by the exquisite Queen Charlotte, A True Love Match is an elegant, largesse classic layered Charlotte sponge cake constructed from a delicious light vanilla sponge, layered by the seasons, with strawberry jam and vanilla twisted cream.
A nod to the most high-profile character in Bridgerton, The Lady Whistledown cake is reflective of her ink pot and quill. Inside is a pistachio nut financier and pistachio mousse, coated in
milk chocolate and cocoa butter.
The star of the show sitting atop the cake stand, All is Fair in Love & War celebrates the Bridgerton family and is pale blue in colour, embossed with a bee – the symbol of Bridgerton. This dessert – to be shared between two – is a rosewater cheesecake with a burst of raspberry jelly in the centre, on a crumble crunch base coated in sprayed-blue white chocolate.
Inspired by the original Regency Gin Punch, the Pall Mall cocktail is an essential part of quotidian social life during the Regency period. The Lanesborough’s Head of Bars, Mickael Perron, has created a refreshing recipe for the cocktail by combining Hendrick’s gin and Graham Blend No5 white port, balanced with citrus and subtle sweetness. The concoction is served in an elegant high glass teacup, with a tea strainer filled with dried hibiscus flowers to infuse the drink with a pinkish colour. Finally, the cocktail is garnished with a floating lotus flower arrangement – the national flower of India – another nod to the Sharmas. A non-alcoholic version of Pall Mall is available as well.
To book the afternoon tea, visit lanesborough.com/afternoontea or call +44 (0)20 7259 5599.