I had a birthday recently and to celebrate, my dear friend suggested we have afternoon tea in London before an evening at the theatre. Now, who doesn’t like a lovely afternoon tea? Even I, who has a preference for the savoury over the sweet, loves afternoon tea.
But then my dear friend pulled a master stroke and suggested we partake of a menu that went like this …
SAVOURY American Bites
Wagyu Beef Slider, Shallot Marmalade, Cheddar
Popcorn Shrimp, Jalapeño Aioli
Lollipop Fried Chicken Wing, Southern BBQ Sauce
Lobster Roll, Herb Aioli
Mac & Cheese
SWEET American Bites
Scones, Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam, Passion Fruit Curd
Pink Lemonade Cake Pop
Key Lime Pie
Crème Brûlée Doughnut
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
Red Velvet Cake
The savoury bites were gorgeous, delicious and perfectly bite-sized. If pressed for a favourite, there’d be a tie between the Lobster and the Wagyu Beef, although the Jalapeño Aioli is worthy of a mention all of its own. From the sweet menu, the Passion Fruit Curd was perfection itself and the Key Lime Pie was light and sweetly tart.
But it’s probably best if we draw a veil over what followed …
The afternoon was quite the trip down memory lane. Some 40 years ago, I worked in Park Lane and walked, each day, past the Playboy Club to my office. Today the Playboy Club is no more and in its place is 45 Park Lane – a gorgeous venue for a meal, a drink, an overnight stay. Afternoon Tea with an American twist and the very fine cocktail bar come with the highest recommendation from personal experience.
What’s your preference for a birthday outing?
© Debra Carey, 2019
I’m taking a friend who needs cheering to the historic Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, which is famous for its afternoon teas, although this one is more like morning tea/ brunch. The food is the same, but they have made it early. Nothing like as elaborate as the one you’ve just had, which sounds to me more like pre-theatre dinner, but nice. You start with a glass of sparkling wine. There are tiny sandwiches, cakes and scones, plus tea or coffee. On the weekend they add a dessert table, with a chocolate fountain, so the afternoon tea is more expensive, but I can never manage more than a scoop of ice cream anyway, so the weekday version is fine, and that’s when we’re going.
Happy birthday and I hope you enjoyed the play, whatever it was!
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I love everything about tea
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Sue, that sounds the perfect thing for cheering up a friend. Mine also proved to be the perfect tonic after a difficult few weeks, especially as we topped it off with an evening of – truly excellent – stand-up comedy.
LA, it is just the perfect thing for feeling indulged I find 🙂