What better way to continue celebrating the first Platinum Jubilee in British History, than a fine afternoon tea at JW Marriot Grosvenor.
The Park Room at Grosvenor House has an elegant setting and is perfect for the limited edition regal high tea. The stylish arrangement and decor of the room, including the comfortable seating, give it a relaxing warm ambiance. Neutral tones with a pop of colour and fresh flowers add to the welcoming environment too.
Back in 1933, the Queen learnt to ice skate at the hotel’s Park Lane Rink which now is the Great Room, a majestic banqueting suite. This makes the venue extra special.
The limited edition Afternoon Tea, starts at £62.50pp. Expect to be wowed with soft melt-in-the-mouth sandwiches, well-thought-out patisseries, a range of preserves and a tea selection like no other.
We started the afternoon off with some bubbles. The staff came out with a Champagne trolley and we had the choice of Lanson, Rose or Brut. Those who do not drink can have non-alcoholic bubbly.
Amuse Bouche & Tea
Once we chose our teas, a Gin & Dubonnet Granita was brought out. This amuse bouche is inspired by the queen’s favourite tipple and is a perfect way to cleanse that palette. It came in a cute glass jar with a lid giving it a luxe feel.
I opted for their Royal Tea which is made with Assam tea leaves with hints of saffron. It was one of their stronger teas and is delightful.
Sandwiches, Scones & Patisseries
Open sandwiches shortly followed with the 3 Tier Cake Stands. There are two open sandwiches served on a light brioche. Both as good and beautifully presented.
- Foreman’s smoked Scottish salmon, cream cheese
- Burford Brown Clarence Court egg, mayonnaise, chive
Expect the classic delicate sandwiches, filled well and on soft bread. If you are like me and like more savoury, just ask the staff for more sandwiches.
- Cucumber, garden mint butter
- Coronation chicken, apricot mango chutney
- Roast Aberdeen Angus beef, creamed horseradish
- Honey roast Yorkshire ham, Coleman’s English mustard
- North Atlantic cold-water prawn, classic Marie Rose sauce
There are two fluffy buttermilk scones, one plain and one with a raisin were in the middle tier of the stand. They were full of flavour and paired well with the selection of British reserves and Devonshire clotted cream they had. The rose petal one was a winner for me. They also have strawberry, rhubarb and ginger, gooseberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. You are spoilt for choice.
The top tier had the show stopper patisseries inspired by the Platinum Jubilee and Her Majesty’s history. They included:
- Valrhona chocolate biscuit cake: The rich chocolate slice has pieces of Rich Tea (Her Majesty’s favourite) and is finished off with an embellished crown.
- Platinum lemon Posset: This is one of the Queen’s favourites. It is a light tart served on a buttery shortbread
- Royal fruit cake: This stole the show for me. The First Class franked fruit cake is packed with brandy-soaked fruits and is perfect with a cuppa. Did you know, back in 1947, the Queen’s and Prince Phillips’s wedding cake weighed 226 kilos and was 9 ft tall?
- Raspberry syllabub: Made using the finest British raspberries, this summery bite has white chocolate and hints of peach in it. The Queen is known to pick raspberries at her Balmoral Estate and requests for desserts to be made from them.
- The Great Room ice sphere: Can you spot the ice skate? This indulgent sphere has almond, chocolate and raspberry in it.
To end the Afternoon Tea, you get to choose a slice of cake to take home. We had a choice of chocolate, lemon drizzle or Victoria sponge.
There is a Vegan, Vegetarian and Halal option for the Afternoon Tea.
It was a lovely afternoon spent with a great bunch of people. Thank you, Binny for organising this and to all the staff who served us.
For more information and to book, visit The Park Room website.
JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
Disclaimer [AD]: My brunches were free at these locations, however, all opinions and photos are my own.