I recently found myself back at the stunning Park Room at The Grosvenor Hotel Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, this time to try the Autumnal version of their much loved Anna’s Afternoon Tea.
I adore the decor in the Park Room with its vibrant furnishings in cream, grey and green, and large mirrors reflecting natural light, a plush abstract carpet, luxurious chandeliers and a beautiful central table adorned with bright flowers and a selection of home baked cakes, which you are invited to enjoy as part of your Afternoon Tea experience.
This Afternoon Tea serves two of Nyetimber’s wonderful sparkling English wines, which I was delighted by, as I have tried Nyetimber’s selection before and adored the wines. Unlike a normal afternoon tea glass of bubbly which is classically a dry champagne, for this afternoon tea we were treated to two different sparkling wines.
To start, and to complement the savoury selection of classic finger sandwiches and open sandwiches, we enjoyed the Nyetimber Rosé, which has distinctive flavours and aromas of red fruit. It has the perfect body and texture to match with the savouries.
I also had the Royal Zafrani tea, with flavours of saffron, which was absolutely divine.
I loved the pear amuse bouche that arrived in a cute shot glass topped with candy floss. It tasted so delicious and the perfect start to the afternoon of indulgence.
Our selection of finger sandwiches included Cucumber with garden mint butter, Smoked Oakham chicken with tarragon and crème fraîche, Roast Aberdeen Angus beef with creamed horseradish, Honey roast Yorkshire ham, with Coleman’s English mustard and North Atlantic cold water prawn with a classic Marie Rose sauce.
The open sandwiches were Foreman’s smoked Scottish salmon with cream cheese and Burford brown Clarence Court egg with mayonnaise and chive.
For the sweet course, we enjoyed Nyetimber’s Demi-Sec, which is actually England’s first ever Demi-Sec. It is four times sweeter than a rose and perfect for delicate cakes and pasties.
We had this to accompany our Plain and Raisin Buttermilk Scones served with an amazing selection of Devonshire clotted cream with lots of different British preserves such as Strawberry, rose petal, rhubarb and ginger, gooseberry, raspberry and blackcurrant.
The cakes and pastries included a Caramelised apple tartlet, Chestnut and blackcurrant palmier, Pumpkin and rum raisin choux, Cranberry and white chocolate sable and a Chocolate and pecan praline delice.
If you have space left after this incredible course, you can also try one of the fresh home baked cakes on display at the centre of the room.
I love the Afternoon Tea at The Grosvenor House and the scones are especially amazing as they are so perfect! They even passed the scone test by a seasoned Afternoon Tea reviewer on the day.
If you are looking for a wonderful Autumnal Afternoon Tea, I highly recommend Anna’s Afternoon Tea.
Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, London W1K 7TN