This festive season The InterContinental London Park Lane has a fabulous twist on their Afternoon Tea themed after the popular Christmas song “The twelve days of Christmas.”
I arrived in my sparkliest dress as a nod to the most wonderful time of the year and couldn’t resist a photo with the hotel’s stunning Christmas decor! It is like a winter wonderland and gorgeous.
For our afternoon tea we were seated in The Wellington Lounge, where I have enjoyed many an afternoon tea previously, and love it for its elegance and also its views of Hyde Park, where you can people watch whilst sipping on tea or champagne.
You’ll have to excuse my photos as it had gotten dark when we arrived (joys of winter).
We started our experience with a glass each of Perrier-Jouët Grand brut whilst we pondered over our choices of tea to accompany the festive treats. The waitress suggested Darjeeling as a good match and so we both went with her recommendation.
In line with the lyrics of the song, the first of our savoury treats was a Partridge pie for Amit, served with delicious rice and olives which had been oven baked for hours, and a dehydrated pear, and a vegetarian version of mushroom and chestnut for me.
Amit’s sandwich selection included Smoked salmon with cream cheese, Honey roast gammon with whole grain mustard, Roast turkey with sage and onion mayonnaise and Lobster and cray fish Marie rose. He enjoyed the gammon and turkey sandwiches so much he ordered extras!
My selection was Pickled cucumber ribbons with dill and cream cheese, slow roasted portobello with whole grain mustard and heritage beetroot with sage and onion mayonnaise.
Next we were brought over the decadent scones, served with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and orange curd. As a seasonal twist, alongside the plain scones were cranberry winter spiced scones, which were scrumptious. We were asked if we wanted to change our tea but we were enjoying ours so much that we continued with it.
The sweet tier was a wonderfully festive array of delightful treats such as a Christmas swan on a lake made with coconut macarons, crémeux, which was a chocolate and kumquat filled golden goose egg, crowned with golden rings, and a christmas tree shaped pear mousse, which was my favourite of the selection.
We thoroughly enjoyed the festive take on the afternoon tea and it is such good value priced at £36 which includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. For something different, this season, head to the InterContinental on Park Lane and trust me its a good one!
To find out more visit their website here.