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Snowflake’s Gelato Afternoon Tea at Selfridges

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If the summer sun is only making a occasional appearance, you can still enjoy a taste of summer at Selfridges with UK’s first gelato afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea is presented on a traditional tea stand and full of ‘cool’ summer treats which include mini macaron gelato sandwiches, gelato cannolo’s, mini gelato cones enrobed with chocolate, a slice of gelato cake and sponge sandwiches.

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The Afternoon Tea is served in Selfridges new Snowflake Gelato café which offers a wide range of other treats produced by the award winning Snowflake brand. Snowflake was founded in 2012 and has already won 18 Great Taste Gold Star awards for their gelato and sorbetto. Part of the secret to Snowflake’s success is using the best quality ingredients from organic Jersey milk for the gelato and the best fruit to produce the sorbets.

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The Snowflake Gelato café offers a number of summer delights throughout the day from breakfast which offers American Style Pancakes, waffles and the ‘Breakfast Gelato Shake’ made with Kefir gelato and topped with granola and summer berries with optional extra protein shots to traditional cones and sundaes, LA style cookie and macaron gelato sandwiches, gourmet chocolate coated gelato stix, sorbetto lollies and chocolate dipped ice-cream cookies.

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If you are a vegan, Snowflake will also be offering a range of vegan gelato shakes including: Coconut & Chocolate, Banoffee and Brownie, Caramel & Peanut. Available exclusively at Selfridges.

If you cannot find a flavour that excites you, why not create your own ?  Snowflake offers a bespoke flavour service where customers can request their own unique flavour that will be made within 24hours. Snowflake also offer bespoke Gelato cakes which can be ordered with three days notice.

Snowflake at Selfridges

Opening Times

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 21.00pm

Sat 9.30am – 21.00pm

Sun 12.00pm – 18.00pm

For more information, visit the Selfridges website here

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Is it Time for Pu’er Tea ?

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Since the 18th century, the United Kingdom has been one of the world’s greatest tea consumers and although there is evidence that the purchase of basic teabags is in decline since 2000, the sales of fruit and herbal teas has increased markedly in the same period. In common with many other beverages, it appears that quality is replacing quantity for the modern tea drinker who often takes a considerable of effort to find authentic teas to their taste.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Pu’er tea, which despite its long history is only now becoming widely available in the West. Pu’er tea has been grown for centuries in the “Six Great Tea Mountains” of Yunnan Province in China and has long been a prized commodity.  In Imperial China, the tea was carried by horses in a caravan along the Old Tea Horse Road to be traded all over China and beyond. Pu’er tea was a favourite beverage in the Chinese Imperial Court and the very best quality tea was presented in tribute to the Emperor. One of the advantages of Pu’er was that it was found that tea actually improved with age, so many of the most valuable grades of tea were kept in warehouses.

In the last 20 years, interest in Pu’er tea in China and internationally has led to an increasing market for “vintage” compressed teas and collectors will pay thousands of pounds for a rare vintage. This market has led to an unfortunate side effect, fakes and copies of the tea inside and outside of China have become more common.

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In response to this lack of regulation and tea being sold with big variations in price and quality, collector Carole Tan began her mission to bring the enjoyment of drinking Pu’er tea to the world in a contemporary manner. She created Teaspec, a company that seeks to become a standard-bearer for quality and pricing in the Pu’er tea market.

Carole and her family have been collecting tea for almost 30 years aiming to find and keep the best Pu’er teas in the world. Teaspec is a business that sells mostly Pu’er teas that are sourced from Carole’s own family collection which have been accumulated over decades.

The Pu’er tea provided by Teaspec is stored in Malaysia which is acknowledged by many Pu’er tea experts to possess the ideal conditions for ageing of this complex tea. The flavours and complexity of Pu’er tea are similar to wine and whisky where the land, skill of the producers, production methods and the best storage conditions have been developed and refined over centuries.

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Raw Pu’er

Pu’er comes in two forms – loose tea leaves or compressed into various shapes and has two basic classifications of  Pu’er tea, there is raw (non-fermented) or ripe (fermented) tea. Raw Pu’er was developed over 2000 years ago, and is recognized by its dark yellowish-green dry tea leaves, fresh floral aroma and rich aftertaste. Ripe Pu’er on the other hand only goes back to the 1970s. It requires an accelerated fermentation technique with humidity and temperature. The reddish-brown tea leaves are compressed after fermentation. It has a strong brew with a woody aroma and mellow full flavour.

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Ripe Pu’er

Once again like wine and whisky, it is considered raw Pu’er needs time and storage to acquire its unique taste and characteristics, whereas ripe Pu’er may lack some of the complexities but is ready to drink straightaway.

One of the benefits of using Pu’er tea is that you can use it for multiple re-infusions, a good quality tea can be re-infused up to 8 times with loose tea and more than 10 times with compressed tea.  Pu’er tea is best made using boiling water , it involves very short steeping time of ten to twenty seconds. Each infusion will offer a different intensity of flavour.

Chinese and Pu’er tea have been associated with health benefits for centuries. In 1667, Samuel Pepys noted that his wife was taking Chinese tea on medical advice, after the doctor informed her it is good for her ‘colds and defluxions.’  Even as recently as the 1970s, Pu’er tea was marketed in Europe in the 1970s mainly for its health benefits not just for its taste.

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If you are intrigued by Pu’er tea and would like to try it for yourself, Teaspec has developed some tea products in a range of sizes and prices. The tea is available in specially blended tea cakes which comprises of compressed tea, shaped into a round slab and weighing around 357 grams. The next size is a Tuo, a small dome of around 100 grams. A more portable version is the mini tuo which is handy for travelers or in a gift set. Teaspec also offers raw or ripe Pu’er in loose tea and teabag form.

The Teaspec range of Pu’er teas is now available in Harrods and will become more widely available later in the year.

For more information about Teaspec contact Carole at info@teaspec.com or visit the Teaspec website here

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Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

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Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

It would be safe to say that having Afternoon Tea is a tradition that has died out in many English homes, however certain London Hotels have made a virtue of keeping the largely Victorian tradition alive.

Especially amongst the top end Hotels, Afternoon Teas have become very attractive from a business point of view, attracting customers not staying at the Hotel but presenting the Tea as an occasional treat for London visitors.

With prices starting at £47 per person , this may seem to many an extravagant indulgence but a look at the menu illustrates you do get more than just tea and a scone.

Sandwiches

Ham Sandwich with Grain Mustard Mayonnaise on White Bread.
Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Chutney on Onion Bread.
Cucumber Sandwich with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Chives on Caraway Seed Bread.
Chicken Breast Sandwich with Horseradish Cream on White Bread.
Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter on Rye Bread.
Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich with Chopped Shallots and Watercress on White Bread.

Freshly Baked Raisin and Plain Scones with Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve.

Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries and Cakes.

Teas
RITZ ROYAL ENGLISH , DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH , ASSAM LEAF , CEYLON ORANGE PEKOE, RUSSIAN CARAVAN,
CAMOMILE FLOWERS,  LEMON VERBENA, EARL GREY , OOLONG FORMOSA, JASMINE WITH FLOWERS,
ROSE CONGOU, PASSION FRUIT AND ORANGE , ROOIBOS RED TEA 100% , LAPSANG SOUCHONG IMPERIALE
CHUN MEE , MOROCCAN MINT.

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Palm Court at the Ritz

Remember you also get to dine in one of the top hotels in London, renown for its service and quality. However if you do consider Tea at the Ritz  remember there are standards to upkeep therefore there is a dress code.

A formal dress code is upheld in The Palm Court and during lunch and dinner service in The Ritz Restaurant. In these areas gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie whilst jeans are not permitted. In all other areas of the Hotel, including The Rivoli Bar and during breakfast service in The Ritz Restaurant gentlemen are not required to wear a jacket and tie, and may also wear jeans. However, trainers and sportswear are not permitted in any public area of the Hotel.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz has a range of options:

Traditional Afternoon Tea

£47.00 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea

£59.00 per person (from the 1st October 2014 the price will change to £63)

This tea includes a glass of Champagne.

 

Celebration Tea

£58.00 per person

Perfect for a birthday celebration; it includes a special birthday cake delivered to your table whilst you dine with us.

 

Celebration Tea with Champagne

£69.00 per person (from the 1st October 2014 the price will change to £74)

This special Celebration Afternoon Tea is perfect for a birthday or any celebration. It includes a special cake and a glass of Champagne delivered to your table.

For further information and to book , visit the Ritz website here

Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s

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Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s

Whilst not scrimping on elegant surrounding, Afternoon Tea in Claridge’s  is less formal than the Ritz with considerable trouble taken in sourcing both the Tea and food ingredients.

Claridge’s has it’s own tea connoisseur, Henrietta Lovell  who has scoured the world to bring  tea from small, little known producers from the four corners of the world.
Rare tea’s such as Malawi Antler have been sourced,  Claridge’s is one of just two places in the world where you will find it served.
The Afternoon Tea Menu includes :

A selection of  traditional sandwiches

Daylesford organic chicken,  lemon & tarragon on granary bread, Dorrington ham, celeriac rémoulade  & tomato chutney on onion bread, Severn & Wye smoked salmon,  brown shrimp butter & rock samphire  on rye bread,  Burford brown egg mayonnaise  & watercress on white bread Cucumber, crème fraîche  & rocket on white bread.
Scones –  Freshly baked every day in Claridge’s kitchens Served with Cornish clotted cream  and Marco Polo gelée
Hand-Made Pastries –  Chocolate gâteau, Mariages frères crème brûlée  Blackcurrant tart Pear & walnut éclair, vanilla cream Apricot & caraway cake
Teas

SINGLE ESTATE AFTERNOON TEA , SECOND FLUSH MUSCATEL DARJEELING,   FIRST FLUSH DARJEELING,
CLARIDGE’S BLEND, RARE EARL GREY,  CORNISH EARL GREY ,  EMPEROR’S BREAKFAST  LAPSANG SOUCHONG
HAND-ROLLED CEYLON,   CLARIDGE’S REAL FRUIT TEA,   OOLONG TEA,     IRON GODDESS OF MERCY
WHITE MONKEY PAW , CLARIDGE’S REAL FRUIT GREEN LEAF TEA , STEAMED GREEN, MALAWI ANTLER
CHINA WHITE PEONY,    WHITE SILVER TIP,   JASMINE SILVER TIP,HERBAL INFUSIONS HERBAL TEA
FRESH ENGLISH MINT, WILD ROOIBOS, LEMON VERBENA .

Although not as formal as the Ritz  there is a Dress code which is Elegant smart casual; no shorts, vests, sportswear, flip flops, ripped jeans or baseball caps

Served daily 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 5.00pm or 5.30pm

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CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA

£50 per person – Please note a 12.5% discretionary service charge will be added to your bill.
Your tea includes

A selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions:
•a choice of 24 teas from all over the world
•a delicious array of finger sandwiches
•freshly baked raisin and apple scones with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish Clotted cream
•a selection of sweet pastries
Children’s Afternoon Tea

Available for children aged 5-10 years of age, the menu has been cleverly crafted to ensure your children enjoy the experience of afternoon tea .

Priced at £25 per person – Please note a 12.5% discretionary service charge will be added to your bill.

Your tea includes
•A selection of traditional sandwiches, scones, and pastries featuring some children’s favorites such as vanilla fairy cakes and brownies.
•The children will be presented with a beautifully designed menu that doubles as an intricate colouring book.

CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON TEA

Champagne Afternoon Tea

Served with a glass of selected champagne
£61 per person

Served with a glass of rose champagne
£74 per person
SEASONAL AFTERNOON TEA CALENDAR

Enjoy our seasonal afternoon teas accompanied with a glass of champagne.

Served with a glass of selected champagne.

£60 per person
For more information and to make a booking visit the Claridge’s Website here

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel

Brown’s Hotel is one of oldest Hotel’s in London  still in existence , opening it doors for the first time  in 1837.

The Hotel building is unusual being formerly 11 Georgian Townhouses.

Apparently even Queen Victoria herself used to pop in for tea, other distinguished guests have included presidents and prime ministers, royalty and writers.

One writer in particular is synonymous with Brown’s, Agatha Christie was a regular visitor and based one of her novels, At Bertram’s Hotel here.

The Brown’s Afternoon Tea has been a long tradition and is now served in the award winning English Tea Room.

Brown’s Afternoon Tea offers  the choice of  17 teas  and a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries.
Traditional Afternoon Tea £41.50
Freshly Cut Sandwiches

Assorted pastries

Freshly baked fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve

A choice of cakes from the trolley

A choice of teas and herbal infusions
Champagne Afternoon Tea £51.50
Indulge in a glass of R de Ruinart Champagne along with our traditional afternoon tea

Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea £54.50
Indulge in a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne along with our traditional afternoon tea
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Brown’s also provide an interesting alternative with their healthy Afternoon Tea which they call the Tea-Tox.

Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea £41.00
Smoked Chicken And Guacamole On Spelt Bread
Poached Salmon And Dill Crème Fraiche On Dark Rye Bread
Chicory Leaf With Smoked Mackerel And A Soft-Boiled Quail’s Egg
Gem Heart Leaf With Tabbouleh
Lime And Apple Jelly (Apple Juice, Lime Juice, Gelatine, Sugar Free Xylitol)
Blueberries And Lemon Cream Served In A Chocolate Cup (Blueberries, Lemon, Low-Fat Crème Fraîche And Sugar-Free Xxoline Chocolate)
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Hazelnut Oil, Marzipan, Eggs, Dark Chocolate, Sugar Free Xylitol, Topping: Dark Chocolate, Inverted Sugar, Butter, Orange Juice)
Orange Cake With Yogurt Topping (Orange, Sugar-Free Xylitol, Eggs, Ground Almond, Low Fat Yogurt, Low Fat Crème Fraîche, Lemon, Honey And Gelatine)
Seasonal Fruit Sorbet (Seasonal Fruit, Water, Stabilizer, Sugar Free Xylitol, Glucose)
Fruit Skewers With Yoghurt And Honey
Choice Of Teas

Tea-Tox’ Healthy Champagne Afternoon Tea £51.50
For A Memorable Afternoon, Relax With A Glass Of Dosnon & Lepage, Extra-Brut Champagne, Which Is Low In Calories.
Brown’s Tea Selections include :

BLACK TEAS
Brown’s Morning Blend

Brown’s Afternoon Blend

Assam Gold, Assam, India

Darjeeling 2nd flush, Okayti Estate, Darjeeling, India

Nilgiri Frost, Parkside Estate, Nilgiri, India

Earl Grey, Sri Lanka

Ceylon, Sri Lanka

Organic Bohea Lapsang, Fujian, China

Cornish Grown Tea

OOLONG TEA
Oriental Beauty Oolong

GREEN TEAS
Organic Dragon Well Green Tea, Zhejiang, China

Jasmine Pearls, Fujian, China
WHITE TEA
Silver Needle White Tea, Fujian, China

HERBAL INFUSIONS
Organic whole camomile flowers

Whole Peppermint Leaf

Rooibos

Blackcurrant and Hibiscus fruit infusion

Also offer fresh mint, fresh ginger, along with a Silver needle and Rosebuds blend.
If you want to find out more information or book , visit the Brown’s Hotel Website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason

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Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea

 If the thought of Afternoon Tea in a Hotel does not appeal, there are alternatives, one of the most attractive venues is Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

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 Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

 There is little Fortnum and Mason do not know about tea, they have sourced and sold quality tea for over 300 years.

However it was only in 1926 that they opened a restaurant  that offered afternoon tea, known originally as the St. James’s restaurant  in 2012 the refurbished St James’s Restaurant was opened by Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, and renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

 

Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea    
FINGER SANDWICHES
Cucumber with Cream Cheese
Coronation Chicken
Rare Roast Beef with Gherkin & Caper Dressing
Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter
Rare Breed Hen Egg with Mustard Cress

FORTNUM’S SCONES Served with Somerset Clotted Cream & your choice of Fortnum & Mason Preserve: Apricot, Lemon Curd, Raspberry,  Strawberry, Wild Blueberry

AFTERNOON TEA CAKES Individual Cakes & Patisseries Selection from the Cake Carriage
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Classic Blend Tea £40.00 per person
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Single Estate Tea £44.00 per person

Fortnum’s Savoury Afternoon Tea
FINGER SANDWICHES
Cucumber with Cream Cheese
Coronation Chicken
Rare Roast Beef with Gherkin & Caper Dressing
Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter
Rare Breed Hen Egg with Mustard Cress
FORTNUM’S SAVOURY SCONES
Wholemeal Cheese Scone with a Walnut & Raisin Butter
Caramelised Onion Scone with Mixed Herb & Tomato Cream Cheese
AFTERNOON TEA SAVOURIES
London Smoked Salmon on Blini with Lemon & Caper Cream Cheese
Carpaccio of Venison on Mushroom Toast, Horseradish Cream & Hazelnut
Rosary Goat’s Cheese on Walnut Shortbread with Beetroot
Tomato Savoury Financier with Pesto Cream,  Black Olive & Silver Anchovy with Pistachio Praline
AFTERNOON TEA CAKES
Selection from the Cake Carriage
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Classic Blend Tea £42.00 per person
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Single Estate Tea £46.00 per person

Fortnum’s High Tea

A CHOICE OF:
Whipped Goat’s Cheese with Beetroot 3 Ways, Walnut Vinaigrette, Walnut Toast
OR Twice-Baked Shropshire Ham & Barbers Cheddar Soufflé with Honey Mustard Butter Sauce
OR Lobster Omelette Victoria with Lobster Bisque & Shaved Truffle
OR Eggs Royale, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine
OR  Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Shallot & Oven Dried Tomatoes
OR Scotch Egg Kedgeree, Mild Curry Butter Sauce, Raisin Puree
OR London Smoked Salmon on Blini with Lemon & Caper Cream Cheese

FORTNUM’S SCONES
Served with Somerset Clotted Cream
& your choice of Fortnum & Mason Preserve:
Apricot, Lemon Curd, Raspberry,
Strawberry, Wild Blueberry

AFTERNOON TEA CAKES
Individual Cakes & Patisseries
Selection from the Cake Carriage
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Classic Blend Tea £44.00 per person
Served with your choice of Fortnum’s Single Estate Tea £48.00 per person

For further information and to book , visit the Fortnum and Mason website here