In partnership with Netflix and Shondaland, the five-star Lanesborough hotel in London has created an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cocktails and cakes inspired by TV series Bridgerton. Jenny Southan reports
Bridgerton Afternoon Tea will take place in the Lanesborough’s richly decorated dining room, which features a domed glass roof, softly lit chandeliers, bas-relief artwork meticulously cast from 250 different mouldings, and Wedgwood china mounted on the walls, all “evoking a sense of Regency neo-classical grandeur”.
Crafted by the Lanesborough’s head pastry chef, Kevin Miller, the menu will pay tribute to the key families in Bridgerton, and “Lanesborough House”, which is a quintessential Regency building in London.
What’s on the menu?
Finger sandwiches and brioche sliders will comprise coronation chicken and fresh coriander; Clarence court egg mayonnaise with wholegrain mustard; smoked salmon, horseradish and watercress; organic cucumber with natural yoghurt and mint; and rare roast beef with black pepper mayonnaise, onion seed.To accompany the sandwiches and traditioal scones with cream and jam, Miller’s “curated cake and sweet treat concept” includes five signature highlights:
- The Queen’s Diamond – An exquisite, hand-crafted chocolate blended with honey, green cardamon and white chocolate ganache, displayed in a beautiful jewel-coloured ring box, is a nod to Edwina Sharma, this season’s diamond.
- The Rake – in honour of Viscount Anthony, the Rake is a cake of distinction. A dandy white shirt enveloped in a crisp tailored suit with a dashing cream cravat, the delectable cake is a chocolate sable with milk chocolate mousse and a burst of whipped passionfruit curd centre. It is finished in a dark chocolate glaze, chocolate shard collar, and a whipped passionfruit cream Chantilly cravat.
- A True Love Match – a British staple inspired by the exquisite Queen Charlotte, A True Love Match is an elegant, largesse classic layered Charlotte sponge cake constructed from a delicious light vanilla sponge, layered by the seasons, with strawberry jam and vanilla twisted cream.
- The Lady Whistledown – a nod to Lady Whistledown, the narrator and high society columnist in Bridgerton, this cake is reflective of her inkpot and quill. Inside is a pistachio nut financier and pistachio mousse, coated in milk chocolate and cocoa butter.
- All is Fair in Love & War – the star of the show sitting atop the cake stand, All is Fair in Love & War celebrates the Bridgerton family and is pale blue in colour, embossed with a bee – the symbol of Bridgerton. This dessert is to share between two; a rosewater cheesecake with a burst of raspberry jelly in the centre, on a crumble crunch base coated in sprayed-blue, white chocolate.
Meanwhile, the Lanesborough’s head of bars, Mickael Perron, has created The Pall Mall cocktail; a refreshing recipe combining Hendrick’s gin and Graham Blend No5 white port served in an elegant high glass teacup, with a tea strainer filled with dried hibiscus flowers to infuse the drink with a pinkish colour. Finally, the cocktail is garnished with a floating lotus flower arrangement.There is also a non-alcoholic incarnation of The Pall Mall; generously presented tropical punch prepared with Atopia ultra-low-alcohol spirit (0.5% ABV), ginger and rhubarb as well as hedgerow berry. Graciously mixed with London Essence roasted pineapple soda, lychee, passion and citrus, served with Butterfly Pea Flower infusion.
The Lanesborough’s Bridgerton Afternoon Tea is priced from £65 per person; from £76pp with The Pall Mall cocktail; or from £80pp with a glass of House Champagne. Children’s afternoon tea menu from £35pp for children under 12.