The official afternoon tea partner for Roald Dahl 100, aqua shard will offer a jubilant celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cherished storyteller’s birth.
Available from 4th July until the end of September and presented in Charlie’s Great Glass Elevator, the afternoon tea will offer a nostalgic romp through the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. Devised by executive chef Dale Osborne and head chef Pip Sandrey, the creative duo have stepped into Roald Dahl’s world of “pure imagination” to pay tribute to the world’s number one storyteller and explore his fascination with food. The captivating creations will bewitch and enchant all lovers of “a little nonsense” and bring his magical stories to life.
The menu is presented as a book, where, hidden within, guests can read and then nibble on the edible menu. Following the format of a traditional afternoon tea, with a curious twist, savoury and sweet items all take inspiration from some of Roald Dahl’s most beloved books, all served on bespoke crockery depicting Quentin Blake’s famous illustrations. Mr Twit’s very own bird pie from the famous story is encased in buttery puff pastry complete with ‘birds legs’ poking out of the top. Sophie and The BFG’s quest to Buckingham Palace is brought to life in a ‘breakfast’ sandwich with fried eggs and bacon in between colourful tomato bread fingers - a little taster of the never-ending breakfast The BFG is treated to during his visit. To complete the savoury selection The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me features with the Pelly’s favourite smoked salmon sandwiches which are topped with trout caviar.
Things are not what they seem in the pastries and sweets section. The famous ‘formula 86’ from frightening favourite The Witches sits hidden inside chocolate mice and there are no prizes for guessing the inspiration behind the giant peach meringue filled with fresh peaches and cream. A white chocolate crocodile egg holds homemade gummy crocodile babies ready to burst out, and the Roly-Poly Bird choux bun is complete with an impressive colourful tail. Finally, all tea-takers will be gifted with a golden chocolate bar to take home.
For those who are children at heart, a rich ‘DIY’ hot chocolate will come equipped with melting chocolate spoon. The option to upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea sees Veuve Clicquot offer ‘Yellow Label’ Brut Champagne alongside its two new Champagnes: RICH and RICH Rosé, both uniquely designed to be served over ice with a choice of fresh ingredient such as Earl Grey tea, ginger, pepper and cucumber.
From 4th July, all guests of aqua shard will be transported into the world of Roald Dahl’s books, with a colourful, transparent installation adorning the triple-storey atrium windows in the afternoon tea and bar area. These will depict Quentin Blake’s much-loved illustrations of the characters from the stories, including a bespoke creation by Quentin Blake of The Great Glass Elevator with the stunning London skyline as a backdrop.
Served Monday to Friday between 1-5pm, the afternoon tea will be priced at £45 per person, or £58 with a glass of Yellow Label Veuve Clicquot Champagne.