British classics at a ‘Royal’ afternoon tea
The Intercontinental Park Lane is located just below the bottom left corner of Hyde Park, in what was formerly a royal residence. The once regal premises was slowly rebuilt over the course of the century after being bombed in the second world war. Although I can’t say that I’m a fan of the distinctly industrial exterior, the interior is elegantly done and reminiscent of it’s high falutin beginnings. A marble clad reception leads through to The Wellington Lounge where afternoon tea is served, named after the views on to Wellington Arch and further into the park itself.
In keeping with the blue blooded history of the site, we choose to indulge in the ‘Royal’ afternoon tea at £40pp.
Each person partaking in afternoon tea is given a plate of open mini sandwiches – essentially circle-shaped-cut-outs of bread, topped with a filling. The fillings themselves are modestly interesting, with the more luxe ingredients of lobster and Sevruga caviar balanced with coronation chicken, smoked salmon, and egg and cress in carrot bread. I appreciate that an attempt is made at being different, but can’t say that the result is any more noteworthy than the competition.
Sultana scones next, suitably warm and served with clotted cream and jam, followed by buttery squares of Battenberg cake, coffee mousse and walnut torte, Queen Victoria sponge and an Eton mess shortbread.
The ‘Royal’ afternoon tea at Intercontinental is a fair example of it’s kind, with ingredients that can in places be luxurious, but a basic premise that centres on British classics. Also available is a ‘Guiltless’ afternoon tea, with the promise of no refined sugar and carefully curated list of feel good ingredients.
The Wellington Lounge in which tea is taken is a stress-free and calming place, perfect to while away a few hours if you happen to be in the area or staying in the hotel.
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
Address: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY
Tel: 020 7409 3131
I was invited to review