The Best of British at The Capital Hotel
By Jane Venables
Time seems to fly by and it only feels like yesterday that we were sampling the amazing culinary creations and sipping delicious Jing tea at the launch of The Capital Hotel’s fabulous new afternoon tea. Alas it was way back in August and things have been so busy here at Afternoon Tea Online with the launch of our own brand new website that we haven’t had the chance to tell you all of our wonderful experience.
The Capital Hotel are now serving the most exquisite of afternoon teas, taking afternoon tea right back to its very British roots with the “Great British Afternoon Tea”, cleverly created by the team at Outlaw’s at The Capital. We were kindly invited to the launch of this exciting new offering and what a wonderful afternoon we had. The family-run Capital Hotel is just a few steps away from the doors of Harrods and is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea after a busy morning shopping.
The team from Jing Tea greeted us with some truly lovely tasting tea and we just had to sample both of the cocktails specially created to accompany the new tea – well it would have been rude not to wouldn’t it! The Basil Street Spritz was a delight, made from blackcurrant and hibiscus infused tea and champagne whilst the Capital Citrus Blend certainly hit the right spot, consisting of marmalade, orange, lime and apple juice, Bohea infused tea and Curaçao.
Plate upon plate of fabulous food came forth, starting with savoury delights such as mini bacon and mushroom quiches and lovely little crumpets topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese. The sandwiches were a delight, stripped back to their British best with the likes of smoked mackerel pate or egg and cress. Plain and fruit scones were cooked to perfection, served with the lightest clotted cream and fabulous strawberry preserve.
The cakes were out of this world – perfect miniatures of old time favourites such as Victoria sponge, Bakewell tart and lemon drizzle cake. The Neapolitan ice cream sandwich was a sensation, encased between two thin brandy snap slices and the dark chocolate and orange trifle was a real winner in our eyes.
The Capital Hotel has always been a great destination for afternoon tea in London, but with their fabulous new “Great British Afternoon Tea”, it has quickly become one of our favourites.
The Great British Afternoon Tea costs £29.50 per person; £35 per person with cocktails and £39.50 per person with champagne.
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