Wellington Lounge at InterContinental London Park Lane is marking its official Tea Guild Accreditation with two new afternoon teas for 2012
Created by Executive Chef Paul Bates, Botanical Tea and Royal-Tea join the existing Wellington Lounge Afternoon Tea to create a menu that blends the best of tradition with contemporary twists.
Botanical Afternoon Tea (available from 1 April 2012)
Celebrating the hotel’s location overlooking the iconic Royal Parks, this delicate and whimsical tea mixes citrus, berries, spices, and herbaceous botanicals for a taste of Spring. The sensory awakening begins with a botanical palate cleanser made with Kentish pears and sprinkled with juniper. Four generous open-face sandwiches including guinea fowl in a mustard seed and mayonnaise dressing topped with fried celeriac are followed by warm citrus peel scones served with quince and cardamom preserve, fresh English strawberry jam, and clotted cream. The cakes, created by InterContintental London Park Lane Pastry Chef Luis Meza, are inspired by the colours of the season and include a not-to-be-missed blueberry macaroon.
Botanical Tea is paired with a Champagne cocktail that blends homemade vanilla bean syrup and cardamom bitters with very dry NV Brut Moet & Chandon.
The Royal-Tea (available from 1 April 2012)
Launching in April, Royal-Tea honours its location on the site of former royal residence with a dainty selection of pretty English classics that are fit for a Queen. Just in time for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Royal-Tea will present long-time favourites created with a selection of British ingredients. Dishes include the Queen’s favourite coffee and walnut cake, and preferred tipple, Gin & Dubonnet.
All teas are priced from £25 and are served Monday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm, with two sittings available at weekends: 1.30pm- 3.30pm and 4pm- 6pm. Bookings are essential and can be made on 020 7409 3131.