Monday, 1 June 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental London

When in London, one must do as Londoner;   
and a good way to start is by experiencing the 'afternoon tea' tradition.

Undoubtedly, the best afternoon teas
are served at the capital's most exclusive hotels.

And while prices can be eye-wateringly expensive, 
this quintessentially British experience is worth every penny;
especially if you enjoy it at the Mandarin Oriental's Rosebery tea room.

A Mum in London

The Location

The grand 5 star hotel is located in London's most exclusive postcode, 
a short walk from Harrods and the green spaces of Hyde Park. 

Their afternoon tea is served in the stunning Rosebery lounge. 

Light pouring in from the high bay windows 
and the colourful flower displays 
make this room the perfect backdrop to relax and enjoy your tea. 

A Mum in London
©Mandarin Oriental

The Tea 

It's not called 'afternoon tea' for nothing;  
the selection of teas is very important,  
and at the Rosebery they have this down to a fine art. 

Their tea master has worked closely with the East India Company 
to source the best teas in the world and create a bespoke menu. 

We sampled the Japanese brown rice tea, Genmai cha, 
a particular tea that went extraordinary well with the savoury sandwiches,  
and an exquisite flowery Earl Grey, the perfect pastry accompaniment. 

The Delicacies

Savoury sandwiches, freshly baked scones 
and gourmet patisserie, served on pretty porcelain plates, 
will have you saying 'Ahh' in amazement. 

The smoked salmon tartare & the brioche with crab were especially good, 
the warm scones served with a trio of jams and clotted cream 
were the best I have ever tasted so far 
and to save the best for last: 
the pastries - almost too pretty to eat. 

Inspired by the Chelsea in Bloom season, 
all pastries had a flower theme: 
the lilac macaron, the white chocolate dome with jasmine 
and the mint eclair will have you asking for more!

In a nutshell: a London high tea experience 
that you'll remember for a long time. 

Afternoon Tea at the Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 
Nearest Tube station is Knightsbridge
From £45 per person {£25 for children under 12}

Disclosure: Complimentary tasting. 
Views & wording my own. 

*all images original to A Mum in London, unless otherwise stated 

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