I always look forward to the themed Afternoon Tea offerings at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, and so when an invite popped up to review the limited edition Burlington Afternoon Tea, to commemorate it’s 200th anniversary, I was very excited.
Burlington arcade is a world-famous arcade where you can find jewellery, watch, fragrance, fashion, beauty and home-wear boutiques. It extends 196 yards behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens and is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping mall. It is definitely one of London’s hidden treasures!
Taking inspiration from this, Head Pastry Chef, David Oliver has created five bespoke cakes inspired by Burlington Arcade’s luxury heritage, architecture, British charm, and uniqueness, which you can enjoy in Four Season’s gorgeous Amaranto Lounge.
We kicked off the afternoon with a glass of Ruinart Champagne, whilst we decided on our tea choices (Lemongrass and Ginger for me) and waited rather excitedly for the Afternoon Tea stand to arrive, and what an array of delightful sweet and savouries there were housed on each of the tiers – we were in for a real treat!
The absolute highlight of the entire stand was the pastry that depicted The Burlington Beadle, modelled on Head Beadle Mark Lord. Fun fact – they are the world’s smallest police force! Something I learned on this day,
The incredible Beadle pastry was a deliciously light blueberry cheesecake made with vanilla, sable Breton and blueberry compote. It was my favourite pastry from the stand and made so perfectly!
The other pastries inspired by the arcade were The Velvet Hat, a modern take on the Victoria Sponge with a white chocolate covered Joconde sponge, raspberry jam and rich vanilla mascarpone cream, and which represents Victorian fashion, and shopping traditions at The Arcade including top hat shopping.
A very pretty Joss Flower cake inspired by the limited-edition fragrance created to celebrate Burlington Arcade’s 200th Anniversary by Atkinson 1799. Flavours of peach and jasmine jelly, pink pepper cream, soft almond sponge, vanilla and gardenia mousse infused with notes from the bespoke fragrance, and topped with a delicate sugar Joss Flower, make for a delectable treat.
Even details such as the gold windows of the Arcade’s Piccadilly entrance inspired a pastry and the shiny Gold Nugget was born, which is a 24ct gold covered nugget with passion fruit and angostura bitter, caramel, praline crostillant, and 70% Trinidadian chocolate with a rum whipped ganache.
Finally, reflecting the iconic marble floor, there is The Burlington Battenberg, a Victorian classic sliced chocolate and bergamot cake wrapped with the statement geometric pattern.
Next up were freshly baked heavenly warm fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream, strawberry and vanilla jam, and mandarin and cedar pine nut marmalade.
Finally, the sandwiches, whilst I opted for Vegetarian, which included Persian cucumber, which was mint and cream cheese on white bread, Wigmore cheese, which was with red mustard leaves and currant jelly on granary bread, Goat’s cheese with beetroot in walnut bread and a vegetarian stuffing, which was
roasted chestnut and sage Butter on onion seed bread.
The main selection has five varieties; Cucumber with mint and cream cheese on white bread, Lambton and Jackson Smoked Salmon with lemon cream cheese and radish on brown bread, Coronation Chicken on granary bread, Curried Egg with Montgomery Cheddar, truffle on brioche bread, and Portland Crab Salad with preserved lemon butter on white toast.
The Four Seasons London Hotel at Park Lane are excellent with dietary requirements and can cater for Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free on request.
The Burlington Afternoon Tea is available at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane until the 31st December 2019 and costs from £46 per person depending on the package you choose.
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