Friday, 28 June 2013

ROUND THE WORLD FOR AFTERNOON TEA (Reviews by Kate & Chelsie)


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There are a few afternoon tea's at the Burj Arab, but we highly recommend the Sky Tea. Located on the top floor of Burj Al Arab, Skyview Bar instantly matches expectations with unrivalled views of the Palm Jumeirah and the World islands; is inviting you to experience a magnificent afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of tea, coffee, sandwiches, pastries and cakes served with a choice of our delicious homemade jams and the mouth-watering Devonshire clotted cream.

Time: First seating 13:00; Second seating 16:00
Price: AED 450 per person



Dining at Tiffin Room is an essential experience at Raffles Singapore. The extremely popular High Tea is a must! when visiting Singapore. It features an Afternoon Tea stand and a buffet. Reservations for High Tea are strongly recommended. Breakfast at the Tiffin Room is open to hotel and city guests at SGD 45++ per person.



Step on board the British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and you are back in the heyday of great train travel. Seated in vintage carriages that once ran on legendary 1920s services such as the Brighton Belle and Golden Arrow, you are surrounded by a world of pure indulgence. Glide through stunning scenery to destinations all over Britain as champagne flows and indulge in afternoon tea.



Traditional afternoon tea and light refreshments are served in the majestic Lobby Bar. Enjoy a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries and English scones, accompanied by jams, clotted cream and a wide variety of teas. The soothing sounds of a pianist, harpist or classical Spanish guitarist will delight in the background.

Served 4:30 – 7:30pm 
Price: €32 per person, VAT included



HIGH TEA AT SEVVA...described to be the very best in HK and we agree! Situated on top of the penthouse of one of the most iconic buildings in the heart of the city. Timeless in décor, the restaurant and bar resembles a home that oozes warmth, soul energy and exude an air of sophistication. In a class of its own SEVVA mixes masculine with feminine, everyday with ceremonial, industrial with refined and casual with formal.



A ceremony of delicious decorum for indulgent afternoons. Tables wrapped with white linen,silverware and indulgent pleasures. A stage set for chit chat, sticky tartlets and steaming tea. Sit back in the iconic hotel, unfold your napkins and feast upon local ingredients and local charm. Add a touch of sparkle with a glass of the finest MUMM Champagne.



The Ritz Paris Is under construction and will re-open in 2014. We look foward to seeing what they do with the Afternoon Tea Menu.



Art Tea’ at The Merrion 5 star hotel in Dublin, is the most lavish afternoon tea in Dublin. Treat yourself to a slice of 19th and 20th century art with our miniature sweet creations inspired by the work of J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis Le Brocquy - to name a few. While away the afternoon in the sumptuous surroundings of The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms as you choose from a selection of delectable treats. With fine china and elegant tea accessories to complete your indulgent experience, why not browse through your complimentary copy of The Merrion art collection catalogue as you recline?



Mouth-watering Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a fashionista twist. The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion. 



Exclusive to The Dorchester Spa is the uniquely named ‘Spatisserie’, an opulent, but intimate space for light lunches, afternoon tea with elegant, bite size cakes, biscuits and pastries, savoury nibbles, and Champagne and Spa cocktails – all reflecting the ethos that ‘a little of what you love is good for you.’

We hope to add more soon!
Kate & Chelsie 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Ritz, Madrid- Timeless Perfection.


Flamboyant attire at Royal Ascot, thrilling matches at Wimbledon, live music watched by thousands of fans at Glastonbury; all combined with somewhat erratic weather. This can only mean one thing; it is summer time in the United Kingdom! We spent some time deliberating where we would enjoy our summer city break and decided the splendid Spanish capital Madrid would be the perfect location. Madrid is a city with its own unique, captivating charm. The beautiful Spanish architecture, rich history, artistic flair and energy combined with fabulous food and drink in the European sunshine ensures Madrid stands out for the right reasons.

A short stroll from Madrid’s city centre your eyes will be drawn to the delightfully glamorous Ritz Hotel. This five star hotel has an unspoken yet impactful aura of luxury; its white exterior is perfectly complimented by the entrances lush grass feature adorned with flowers forming the letter ‘R’ and the polite, suited doorman eager to greet you. Despite the hotels obvious beauty, the legacy behind the Ritz Madrid is arguably its most endearing feature. The hotel itself was built in 1910 under the personal supervision of Cesar Ritz on the explicit wishes of the King of Spain Alfonso XIII, in a bid to directly rival the Ritz in Paris. The present day Ritz Madrid is part of the exclusive Orient Express collection that has perfectly captured the bygone elegance, and spirit of the hotel whilst incorporating the much desired modern touches. We were particularly impressed with the extensive list of famous faces that have stayed at this hotel including; The Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Al Pacino to name but a few.




From the moment we stepped into the Ritz as cliché as this may sound it felt magical. The surrounding decor perfectly complemented the ambiance of the hotel. The lobby had a beautiful chandelier, which suitably lit-up the room, whilst the bright fresh flowers located on a table in the centre of the room yielded a glorious scent. Our check in was swift, and engaging which further confirmed our initial hunch that we were in expert hands. We were personally guided to our bedroom by a member of staff who enquired about our travels, provided us with some suggestions for enjoying the city and informed us about the bedrooms. The Ritz Madrid has adopted unique decor for each room; the bedding is equipped with embroidered linen sheets and there are options for different pillows to compliment your preference helping to ensure you get an excellent night’s sleep. The rooms also have marble bathrooms filled with suitable amenities and stylish yet comfortable bath robes. Once we were settled into the room, we were left to unpack and marvel at our bedroom. The bedroom made us feel like royalty. We really liked how the room was spacious, airy and perfectly presented. An additional touch that we found especially pleasing was the exceptional personal touch; for example when we returned to retire for the evening our beds had been turned and a little chocolate sat on our pillow awaiting us.





For those of you, who like us are, to put it lightly, fond of the afternoon tea pastime, or perhaps you are keen to try it for the first time, you will be delighted to know that the Ritz holds its very own afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is served from 4.30pm-7.30pm daily in two locations. The first location is outside in the hotels gardens where a live pianist serenades you with delightful melodies throughout your afternoon tea seating. The gardens are pleasing with large water features and bright flowers; once again in keeping with the very high standards of the hotel the area is spotless with well presented white furniture matching the colour of the hotel. The second location is inside the hotels’ lobby bar which is equally luxurious with its own charm for days when the weather is a little more reminiscent of the weather back home. 

As to be expected from such a distinguished hotel, afternoon tea at the Ritz Madrid is a grand affair with a well planned menu catering for a range of dietary requirements. Whilst the inspiration behind the afternoon tea menu is heavily influenced by English tradition; the menu incorporates Spanish flair into the food items within this afternoon tea. Another feature to the menu which is both enjoyable and novel is the wide array of items that you can order in addition to your afternoon tea. A popular add-on is a local treat, hot chocolate accompanied by Churros (which in essence is a Spanish style doughnut) with a pot of Valrhona chocolate for dipping. This is just one example of how the Ritz Madrid stunningly combines local food, and indeed an insight into local life within the confinements of unrivalled luxury. It is also worth noting that all of the items served within this afternoon tea (and additional on items) are fresh, alongside being sourced from the very best pick of local produce. We can personally testify this yields a truly splendid taste. In light of the above information, our levels of excitement were reaching very high levels as we began to imagine what our first afternoon tea in Spain would entail.









We were guided to our table by our waiter David; whom from the onset took great delight in ensuring we really enjoyed our afternoon tea experience. Our table was perfectly presented with a crisp white table cloth, and exclusive Ritz Madrid chinaware (delicate blue flowers, with a gold rim) and silverware. As we sat down, David provided us with a little stool to avoid our bags touching the ground and proceeded to tuck us into our table before placing the napkins on our laps. Afternoon tea began with the menu being explained to us before we selected our first tea (throughout the afternoon tea we were informed you could change teas). We selected a  classic ‘Jasmine’ which had a refreshing taste and ‘Diana Cazadora’ a black tea exclusive to the Ritz Madrid. We were told that the tea was first introduced by a Sultan from India who was staying at the hotel. The tea proved to be very popular with other guests and has consequently stayed on the menu ever since. Our tea was served in elegant silver tea pots, and poured for us through delicate strainers.

As we sat sipping our tea, taking in the beautiful surroundings whilst the pianist melodies played in the background we could not have felt more content or relaxed. David returned within a suitable time frame with our tantalising afternoon tea, presented on a silver three tier stand. We were talked through the differing tiers before we proceeded to indulge. The lower tier consisted of finger sandwiches served on white bread with their crusts removed; the selection entailed the following cucumber and tomato, chicken, egg, salmon and ham from Extremadura. We really enjoyed this selection, and although a subject of much deliberation between us the ham sandwich was our favourite. The middle tier was filled with freshly baked scones (sultanas/plain) and plum cake accompanied with clotted cream and strawberry confiture. Once again we really enjoyed the contents of this tier, but our preference edged towards the plum cake due to intense flavour. The top tier of the afternoon tea, our favourite was adorned with delicate handmade pastries ranging from fruit tarts, mini meringue cakes and pastries filled with light cream. We are unable to determine a favourite for this tier, but can happily agree each one tasted delicious. I must also mention that throughout our afternoon tea David kept a watchful eye over us, to ensure we were enjoying our food, clean plates were provided to us between tiers and even to offer helpful suggestions such as a change from hot tea to refreshing mint iced tea.









Feeling what can only be described as extremely naughty, perhaps encouraged by our lovely surroundings we decided to indulge further by exploring some of the additional items on the menu. There are three items on the menu that we really enjoyed; and think perfectly compliment the afternoon tea, or are divine enough to be enjoyed on their own. The first item is lemon macaroons with cinnamon dusted raspberries. This dessert is beautifully presented on a long white plate and comprised of four light purple macaroons with a succulent lemon filling. The macaroons are bursting with flavour and can only be described as heavenly. The second item is inspired by an exhibition devoted to the artist Salvador Dalí being held in Madrid at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The Ritz Madrid has designed a fabulous caramel cake, with admirable attention to detail to recreate one of the artist’s most famous pieces of work ‘Melting Clocks’. The cake itself is the very essence of indulgence, with a rich taste and bursting with popping candy that yields a unique yet enjoyable experience in your mouth. Our last recommendation was our favourite, violet sorbet served in a martini glass. We were told the inspiration behind this desserts creation was based on the King of Spain Alfonso XIII. Every year of marriage, and every birth of an heir the King would give his wife a diamond flower, based on the popular Madrid based violet candy of that time. The Ritz has transformed this into a freshly made sorbet, with an enticing aroma and unmatchable taste.






Our afternoon tea experience at the Ritz Madrid was a truly fabulous affair, We left feeling relaxed, very spoilt and suitably full! We think this afternoon tea would be a perfect choice for birthdays, anniversaries or like us because you are feeling rather indulgent on a Sunday afternoon. We had a magical weekend staying at the Ritz Madrid, which must be accredited to not only the beauty of the hotel and reputation but the courteous, and helpful staff under the guidance of Alvaro Marzal that really; make sure your satisfaction and happiness is maintained the entire duration of your stay.





Served 4:30 – 7:30pm 

Price: €32 per person, VAT included



www.ritzmadrid.com

Chocolate Afternoon Tea, The Landmark London hotel



Visit The Landmark London hotel for Afternoon Tea to unwind after a busy morning or to prepare for a glamorous evening out in The Capital. Browse through the delectable Afternoon Tea menu to set your tastebuds tingling and book now to secure your seat.

Chocolate Afternoon Tea 

A selection of sandwiches 

Organic egg mayonnaise and mustard cress * Free range corn fed chicken with tarragon crème fraîche * Lapsang Souchong smoked salmon * Classic cucumber 

Warm freshly baked chocolate chip and fruit peel scones, with Cornish clotted cream, homemade strawberry preserves and hazelnut chocolate spread 

Chocolate delights 

Chocolate and passion cream “financier” * Caraibe chocolate and peanut tart and salted caramel 

Chocolate ganache with milk chocolate Chantilly and coconut nougatine* Chocolate crème brulee infused with chilli 

Tea, coffee or herbal infusion 

£42.00 

Enjoy with a glass of Drappier Champagne for £47.00 or a glass of Drappier Rosé for £50.00 

Afternoon tea is served
Monday – Friday: 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 1.30pm – 6.00pm

Traditional Afternoon Tea is £40 per person, Chocolate Afternoon Tea is £42 per person and Champagne Afternoon Tea is £45 per person.

From Monday 24th June to Monday 8th July Wimbledon Afternoon Tea will be available instead of the Traditional Afternoon Tea for £45 per person including either a glass of Drappier Champagne or a Pimms. 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Adonis Blue Butterfly Afternoon Tea, The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst, West Sussex

Photo By Neil Hulme
With summer on our doorstep, The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa have created a special Adonis Blue Butterfly Afternoon Tea in support of The South Downs National Park’s butterfly conservation project. The Adonis Blue butterfly is small, very rare and named after the Greek god of beauty and desire. Their natural habitat is chalk and limestone grassland, including the South Downs National Park in West Sussex and with butterfly numbers falling, mainly due to the wet weather last summer, the Park’s conservation project has never been more essential.

Inspired by the effort of the Park’s butterfly conservation project which has a specific focus on the iconic Adonis Blue - the chefs at The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst, West Sussex have created the Adonis BlueButterfly Afternoon Tea. This charming blue-themed tea will be served throughout the summer months – with 10% of all proceeds being donated to The South Downs National Park project.The tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, home-made cakes including butterfly-shaped iced biscuits, delectable butterfly cakes topped with blue buttercream, home-made scones, a choice of teas, coffee or hot chocolate. The Adonis Blue Cocktail, which also accompanies the tea, is a special tribute to the iconic butterfly. The recipe uses local Upperton Vineyard Southdown sparkling wine and local Lurgashall Mead.



The Adonis Blue Butterfly Afternoon Tea at The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa will be available all summer, at £25.50 with £2.50 going to the conservation. 

 Afternoon tea can be booked by calling T: 01730 816911 or by email to spreadeagle@hshotels.co.uk. Further information can be found on www.hshotels.co.uk

‘The Collection' Fashion Afternoon Tea by Raffles’ Dubai


Upon entering the Raffles Hotel in Dubai it’s hard not to be immediately impressed by the striking design of the grand open-plan reception area. The opulent surroundings and the stunning waterfall feature set the scene perfectly as you walk through the door, definitely surroundings which don’t disappoint. We arrived and were treated to the usual high level of friendly service that we would expect from the staff at Raffles, and were taken across to the salon where our afternoon tea would be served. In an area of the ground floor, the salon has quite a relaxed feel whilst still feeling lavish with its high ceilings and artwork which is in keeping with the rest of the hotel.

Raffles launched the fashion afternoon tea, a creation of British-born artist Hatty Pedder, in 2011. Pedder, a graduate of St Martin's School of Art, has given the grand tradition of afternoon tea an artistic twist creating sophisticated works with a witty, observational edge. With the added magic of Raffles' pastry chefs a truly unique invention has been brought into being, with this the only fashion tea in Dubai.

The concept is to create delectable savouries and sweets inspired by designer collections straight from the catwalk. The ‘Collections Afternoon Tea’ was started in customary fashion with a perfectly chilled glass of Lauren Perrier Brut champagne and a browse through the selection of teas on offer. It was not the widest selection that I have seen but there was certainly something for everyone. We both went for the intense organic caramel tea, one served hot and one iced. Perfect to cool down after a day out in the heat of Dubai, the caramel iced tea is a ‘must try’. 




It was with the arrival of the food that the collections afternoon tea came into its own. We both loved the amount of attention to detail in making sure that everything was in keeping with the collections fashion theme. It’s worth noting at this point that the afternoon tea selection changes with every season as with fashion. For our review of the Autumn/Winter collection click here.

For the 2013 Spring/Summer collection a selection of themed savouries consisted of:

Air Dried Beef

Grilled Melon

Mint and Place Pepper Skewers

Home Cured Gravlax and Asparagus Lipstick

Chicken Liver and Pate de Foie Gras with Lavender Jelly in a make-up jar served with perfect Crispy Bread Sticks

Burrata on Beetroot Bread embellished with Rocket and Pesto

Cucumber and Tomato Panini Sponge with Dried Tomato

Cornish Pasty




The Cornish pasty was served cold, which I personally was not used to, but I was delighted to find that it did not disappoint on the palate with its absolutely delicious melt in the mouth pastry.The scones were home-made and served warm with fresh strawberry jam and the cream served in a make-up tube. Another of the small touches that made this such an enjoyable afternoon tea.The most satisfying thing was that none of these clever, quirky touches, detracted in any way from the taste and overall quality of the food. Clearly, much time and effort went into production of this delightful afternoon tea.

Finally, the glorious selection of sweets where the perfect end to a fantastic experience. The Spring/Summer 2013 collection sees cake-stand favourites including the oh-so-chic Spring Stiletto with White Chocolate Orange Blossom, and a charming Cream Choux Puff ‘Miss Daisy’. Other delectable items include Gravlax Lipstick served with fresh Asparagus and an Oreo Cookie Blusher, Rhubarb Brown Butter Tart Earring Box and delicious Sticky Bun encrusted with Pecan Nuts.






The service throughout the day was fantastic. I would go as far as to say that the overall quality of service and attentiveness of the staff at the Raffles hotel was among the best I have experienced. Needless to say, this made our afternoon a pleasure.Overall I would highly recommend the Collections afternoon tea at Raffles Dubai to anyone who wants to relax, have some fun and enjoy something a little different, whilst not compromising the quality of service and deliciousness of food that Raffles clearly delivers.......with a smile!

The Collection - Afternoon Tea by Raffles Dubai | Daily from 2:00pm to 7:00pm

AED199 for two | AED 399 for two with bubbly

www.raffles.com/dubai