Often seen as a highly British occasion, Afternoon Tea is a delightful way to while away the afternoon. Hotel Café Royal has taken this traditional offering to the next level by creating The Queen of Afternoon Teas – an afternoon tea inspired by Queen Victoria.
Historically, the Victorians have been lauded as the clever creators of Afternoon Tea – creating a concept that would bridge the long hours between lunch and dinner. Built in 1865, Hotel Café Royal itself was born during through the heady heights of Afternoon Tea’s infancy. As a nod to this, the culinary team have created a menu that features dishes, ingredients and production techniques that came to life during this time.
With 2019 also marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, it felt like a fitting moment to celebrate this iconic British monarch and the customs that were alive throughout her reign. The fashions for new and exotic ingredients sourced across the empire were apparent and are peppered throughout this The Queen of Afternoon Tea’s menu.
Delights to look out for include the Cheshire cheese and asparagus tart amuse bouche, followed by dainty sandwiches including the rare roast Angus beef and Albert sauce and the curried corn-fed chicken and raisins. The classic scones and clotted cream with jam will follow, with afternoon tea service finishing with sweet treats such as Victoria sponge, raspberry compote and vanilla cream.
Tea will be accompanied by a hand-picked selection of over 25 exclusive tea blends and infusions, fine Champagnes and a live pianist.
Should you dine on the 24th May – Queen Victoria’s birthday - you will be gifted with a feminine or masculine 10ml bottle of luxury perfumer Clive Christian’s 1872 fragrance. Clive Christian’s predecessor ‘The Crown Perfumery’ was loved by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Booking is recommended for The Queen of Afternoon Teas. Please find further details here.
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY