Afternoon Tea at the Cavendish Hotel
By Sara Shaw
Nestled in Historic Jermyn Street, The Cavendish Hotel is situated behind Fortnum & Mason and is only a 1 minute walk from Green Park Tube Station. Afternoon Tea is served upstairs in the sophisticated Petrichor restaurant.
We were greeted on arrival by Amanda, a friendly young lady who informed us of the history and inspiration for their newly themed “Sewing Box” Afternoon Tea. We were also given an explanatory guide to the Afternoon Tea menu. We loved the fact that there was a choice of 2 menus, “The Duke” and “The Duchess” Afternoon Tea. The Duke menu had a few unconventional masculine touches including Mini Yorkshire pudding served with pastrami & wasabi mayo and a mini battered hake fillet and tartare sauce. It was also served with a very manly Whiskey Cocktail!
The Duchess menu comprised of more delicate savouries such as Smoked Salmon roulade with a horseradish mousse and a bruschetta topped with a medley of peppers and goats cheese. The Duchess menu was also served with a light and fruity “lady” cocktail. Having been teased with such a sublime selection, we now waited, our mouths salivating in anticipation…
To our surprise, we were served our savoury delights first, a beautifully presented rectangular plate of yumminess! I had opted for the Duke Afternoon Tea and the Duchess Cocktail (just because I am not a huge lover of Whiskey) and my husband had the vegetarian Afternoon Tea. We hadn’t informed the hotel of any dietary requirements prior to arriving but it wasn’t a problem and his meat options had been exchanged for some delicious alternatives.
We were served five savouries each, all perfect in flavour, temperature, freshness and portion size. The Open Cherry tomato, mozzarella & pesto tart was my favourite and my husband could have eaten 3 of the Brie oozing Panini served with cranberry. Having the variation of hot and cold appetizers made a refreshing change and made the Afternoon Tea feel more like a meal than an afternoon snack Both my husband and I had chosen the alcoholic option to accompany our Afternoon Tea (we don’t get out much these days), but the tea menu, if you can manage to refrain from trying the delicious cocktails, was perfectly varied with a huge choice of loose leaved teas. The duchess cocktail was amazing!!
I absolutely loved the girly pink colour and pale pink frothy bubbles topping the glass. The flavour was unique, a zesty, light concoction of pineapple and cinnamon flavours, a real delight!
Our pastries and scones were served next in the eagerly awaited sewing box. We both agreed the handcrafted wooden sewing box was a real show stopper and a fabulous unique way to display such little sweet beauties. A delicious waft of orange filled the air when the sewing box was opened out. Orange and sultana scones sat in the bottom tier along with a generous portion of strawberry Jam and clotted cream.
Assorted macaronons, Banoffee caramel tarts, homemade chocolate & orange cups and chocolate and coffee mousse delicacies filled the other two tiers. The mini puddings were out of this world. My husband isn’t a huge dessert fan and normally struggles to eat all of the pastries but this wasn’t an issue with The Cavendish’s Afternoon Tea selection, he even stole my chocolate and orange cup, he loved it that much! The macaroons were flawless and stunning in flavour, we had one caramel and one orange variety. My favourite was the banoffee cup though, a perfectly sweet and smooth mouthful of scrumptiousness!!
Our experience at The Cavendish was absoloutley delightful, the food was incredible, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff were professional, polite, friendly and informative, nothing was too much trouble. We look forward to returning again sometime very soon.
We have an exclusive special offer with the Cavendish Hotel saving 25% on the new Duke & Duchess Afternoon Teas. Prices start from only £21.75 per person.