As an avid coffee drinker I can really only think of two occasions where tea trumps my favorite cup of joe: dim sum and afternoon tea.
Last week I joined in on a preview of the Chelsea Flower Show-inspired afternoon tea at Sofitel London St James‘ Rose Lounge which takes place throughout May.
Decadence is the word that comes to mind when describing the Rose Lounge. Shades of pink dresses the room and a harpist plays with her instrument in a corner. The Brit would be out of place here but it’s the kind of luxury to take in with the girls.
On this particular afternoon we were enjoying afternoon tea with a french touch. Dammann Frères tea, with history which dates back to the late 1600s, was served, complimenting the treats to come.
It’s a bad habit of mine but I usually go straight for the scones then sweets when indulging on afternoon tea. The appreciation for finger sandwiches allude me. Instead, homemade scones that are still warm to the touch with a generous swipe of clotted cream and jam is what makes me want to dance. This batch from the Rose Lounge hit the spot immediately. I also appreciated the lemon curd option which isn’t available in many afternoon tea experiences.
As with all good meals, stunning treats marked the end of tea time. Our table shared the Mimosa mousseline cream (yellow), Poppy mousseline cream sponge, raspberry jelly with masarpone cream and rose macaron with rose cream. I was only able to try the mimosa with vanilla sponge, grape compote and yellow sponge crumble hidden inside. It was a surprising texture, light and creamy and intoxicatingly fragrant. I would go back just for the dessert and hopefully next time I’ll have my mother and sister in tow.