Park Lane is the place to be if you’re a lover of all things luxury. The beautiful deluxe 5* hotels, rolls-royces and supercars are paraded around the area if not parked outside the hotel itself.
In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, Angie and I visited The Dorchester Hotel to try out their new ice-cream and champagne afternoon tea.
I have never been to The Dorchester before, but Angie was no stranger to the place after she got married there and had visited many times prior to her special day too. When I walked in (admittedly 5 minutes late) I was completely swept away by the beautiful decor inside the hotel. Everything looked so pristine and beautiful. Vibrant colours from the flowers and stunning marbled pillars.
The flower arrangements are checked daily and any wilting flowers are replaced with fresh ones, to ensure the bouquets are always looking fresh for the hotel guests to enjoy and admire.
Once I had finished snapping away, I was taken over to our reserved table where Angie was already sitting, looking lovely as ever in a blue dress and heels – my favourite colour too!
We settled down at a beautiful table that was set out with mint green cutlery and beautiful cocktails waiting for us. The cocktail was made of champagne brut with rose syrup, absinth, lime juice and egg white. A very strong yet flavoursome cocktail, just how I like them.
Our waiter kindly went through the tea menu with us and gave us some aromatic tea suggestions. However, I am a huge lover of vanilla tea so I knew what I wanted. Angie ordered the kiwi and strawberry tea, sweet and delightful.
I have to admit, their tea selection is pretty extensive. Almost neck and neck with The Langham. Harney & Sons, tea suppliers for The Dorchester (and have been for 7 years now!) have even made some blends specifically for the hotel, like “The Dorchester”.
The sandwich selection came out presented beautifully on a long plate, with smoked salmon with sweet mustard and dill on granary bread, roast chicken with Pommery mustard on basil bread, cucumber with mint butter on caraway seed bread, egg mayonnaise with shallot confit and shiso cress on white bread and the special of the day was seafood on granary bread.
I have to say the roast chicken was one of my favourites, followed up by the cucumber sandwiches. They didn’t taste like your ordinary sandwiches either, they had a touch of luxury that made them extra delicious.
Between the savouries and the scones, we were served an amuse bouche of strawberry crumble. It was layered as whipped and pipped double cream mixed with strawberry puree, with a layer of biscuit crumble and then strawberry puree with strawberry pieces mixed in. Perfectly sweet too.
Our waiter brought out warm, fresh scones. When slicing through them, they didn’t crumble which was a definite sign they were fresh. There was plain or raisin scones served, along with clotted cream, homemade strawberry and seasonal berry jam.
To accompany our scones and sweet treats that were to come, we were poured a glass of the finest Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, which was absolutely delicious. On Wednesday’s we don’t wear pink, we drink pink!
Angie and I clinked glasses in toast to our friendship and blogging. I’m very grateful to have a friend like Angie, where we can share advice, get each others honest opinions and talk for hours without realising where the time has disappeared. That often happens when we get together.
I’m just amazed by the fact that our shared passion (and the internet) brought us this close together. Now not only do we do blog things together, we like to meet up outside the blogosphere and have a good chinwag… over a glass of bubbles of course!
Angie also the reason I landed myself an internship in luxury travel PR, after a lot of searching and many interviews. I finally found a place I was happy to work and will be working in the near future.
Now for the sweet treats and of course, the mini ice-creams that we had been eagerly anticipating…
A delicious selection of pastries, including vanilla macarons with chocolate sesame seeds, a ferrero rocher type pastry, a strawberry tart and a lemon curd pastry.
The ice-creams were a selection of blackberry mojito sorbet, cherry and clotted cream, honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet. The cherry and clotted cream was definitely my favourite. You can tell I have a major sweet tooth, can’t you?!
Overall, amazing service from start to finish. The ice-cream afternoon tea is definitely worth it too but you only have until 31st August to try it, so you better get going!
The price of the ice-cream afternoon tea is from £65 per adult and from £35 per child.
Until next time…