Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley.

The other day mum and I went for afternoon tea at the Berkeley. They do an afternoon tea based on fashion. We went last year for the diamond jubilee and it was amazing. I will include some photos of last years tea at the end to give a better idea of all the different things they do as the tea changes with each fashion season.

The Berkeley is between Hyde Park corner and Harvey Nics, so we popped into a few shops before going for tea.

Mum and I have been to our fair share of afternoon teas in London and this is the best in my opinion. The work that goes into each cake is amazing and it is the only one that I have been to where having more is encouraged. They keep refilling the plates and you can change between the different teas and coffees as often as you like. They also give you take away boxes of cakes. It just makes a still very expensive tea seem worth it. As we have been to ones in the past when you ask for more sandwiches they charge you an extra £12.50!

Tea is served in the caramel room just off the reception of the Berkeley.

I had earl grey tea to start and mum had English breakfast.

Sandwiches were then bought over.
From left to right, Tomato bread with cucumber and cream cheese, mushroom and Philadelphia, lamb, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise.

After the sandwiches (we had more than one round) the stand of cakes and miniature savoury items were bought over.

The mini savoury items included, a feta and melon press, a roasted vegetable tart, cucumber gazpacho, clear water prawn cone, pate.

All were lovely particularly the pate and tart.

Then it was on to the cakes and biscuits

To start with there was the Manolo Blahnik chocolate biscuit, beautifully iced.

There was also a Tory Burch bikini biscuit with violet flavored icing.

Next was an Oscar de la Renta a strawberry cream with strawberry puree.

Followed by Dolce & Gabbana pistachio green and vanilla pannacotta.

The favorite was the Jason Wu coconut cake with leopard print chocolate.

Balenciaga gave us the pecan brownie with white chocolate mousse with chocolate flamenco ruffles.

Alexander McQueen inspired the honeycomb cream with a marzipan bee.

Jonathan Saunders provided another favorite in the form of orange blossom and lemon on biscuit.

Lastly was Prada a white chocolate and Grand Marnier cream on biscuit with red poppies.

I then finished with a double macchiato, They do the best coffee here!

Our little take away boxes.

Here are some photos from the Jubilee tea last year.

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