If you ever find yourself in London then taking an hour or two out of your busy trip itinerary for a spot of afternoon tea is a must, but with pretty much everywhere offering afternoon tea in 2017, where is best to go? Following booking my trip I began actually planning what I’d fancy doing whilst there and I just so happened to be invited along to the Hilton on Park Lane to experience their afternoon tea, which seemed like a dream come true with both my love for tea and me having quite the sweet tooth.
After taking very busy tubes everywhere to do some sightseeing in the morning, at around 12pm we headed to the Hilton Hotel, located in the beautiful Mayfair on renowned Park Lane and upon arrival were directed to the Podium Restaurant where the afternoon tea would take place. On our visit David and I would be sampling the Chocoholic afternoon tea, designed and created by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall, offering chocolate lovers four-courses of chocolatey goodness. With the four courses involving sandwiches, scones, pastries and miniature fancies, I knew I’d leave this wonderful hotel feeling more than content.
We started off our afternoon tea with tea of course, making our very hard decision from their huge variety of options. I went for the Redbush Caramel Velvet, whilst David went for the Passion Fruit Ceylon in hopes it would allow him to reminisce about his 5 weeks spent in Sri Lanka last Summer. My tea was naturally caffeine free, and although sweet in some aspects, was also rich in others and left a lovely caramel aftertaste. These days I’m very much open to trying different tea flavours so this was a treat and I definitely made a good choice in selecting my tea. David’s tea on the other hand was fruity and sweet, very exotic and indeed took him back to his Sri Lanka trip where he would drink this on a regular basis. Our afternoon tea also came with a glass of Pommery Champagne, which was perfect as just a few days before we headed to London we had received our exam results along with our degree classification so it was nice to cheers on that with a glass of fizz and in such a beautiful location.
Both being fussy eaters, we went for some simple ham and cheese sandwiches, which is a shame as the selection of sandwiches did sound delicious and in terms of presentation certainly looked incredible, I was just unfortunate to be blessed with the picky eating genes. Despite what seemed like very basic choices, the sandwiches were delicious so I couldn’t have been more impressed, especially due to how accommodating the staff at the Hilton were. Washed down with our glass of champagne, we were then set to get down to the real treats though…the scones, pastries and miniature fancies, and to this day I’m still dreaming of their deliciousness.
On the bottom tier of the stand were the scones, featuring freshly baked chocolate chip scones, plain scones and raisin scones, alongside 3 miniature pots of praline chocolate spread, clotted cream, and strawberry jam. I do love a good scone and jam and would usually have a plain scone, but the chocolate chip scones have now gained a new fan, it’s something I’d never have thought of until I experienced the chocoholic afternoon tea at the Hilton, to which I realised chocolate makes everything taste better. I also loved the fact there wasn’t just the usual cream and jam to go with the scones, there was the additional chocolate spread if you wanted even more chocolate.
We then tucked into the second tier, which featured an orange and chocolate macaron, raspberry and dark chocolate parfait, a mint and white chocolate tart, and I’m sure mandarin cake. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love macarons and in Paris last year I got David into them too, so as soon as we spotted the macaron on the stand we were both ready to fight it out for it, especially with it being orange and chocolate flavour. Luckily, although you can’t see in the picture because it had been eaten by David, there was a mini macaron stuck on top of the bigger one so we both got to sample this piece of heaven. I loved the mint and white chocolate tart, this was so tasty and I loved the combination of the pastry with the white chocolate. The raspberry and dark chocolate parfait was also so good, I’m not overly keen on dark chocolate but the raspberry totally complemented this, so it was rich and delicious.
The final tier involved a lemon meringue cup, and chocolate and coffee puck, bear with me though I may have mixed up the names and order of these little treats, I couldn’t even think about what they were at the time, I simply delved straight in and my tastebuds went crazy. The two mini desserts at the top were perched on top of an edible chocolate plate, unbelievable right?! The Hilton certainly pull out all the stops with their chocoholic afternoon tea and any chocolate lover would be crazy to miss out on this. I loved the lemon meringue cup, this was definitely one of my favourites that I tried.
This is one extremely filling afternoon tea, so I’d be surprised if you were to finish the lot. If you don’t finish it, then not to worry, the staff box it up in the prettiest little box for you to take away with you, so let’s just say I had a few scones and an edible chocolate plate to keep me going on the 4 and a half hour train journey back home. Although this afternoon tea was complimentary in return for a review, it costs £39 for the afternoon tea alone but if you want to make it a royal afternoon tea to include a glass of pommery champagne then this will cost you £49. I’d definitely be willing to pay the price to experience this, but I’d save it for a special occasion as it truly is spectacular and in such a beautiful hotel, in a beautiful location. The staff are so attentive and always making sure everything is okay, which only makes the experience all the nicer. This couldn’t have come at a better time having just finished university and winding down in London for the weekend. Having done many afternoon teas before this is by far the best so if you’re ever in London be sure to check out this afternoon tea here and follow the Hilton on Park Lane on Twitter for all the latest news and offers. So what do you think of this afternoon tea, is it your cup of tea?