10 November 2013

Afternoon Tea at The Knightsbridge Lounge

Since I started Cocktails & Caroline back in February, going for afternoon tea has become one of my favourite things to do. As well as that, it's also one of my favourite things to post about on the blog. Of course eating all the tasty sandwiches and beautiful cakes is by far the best bit but looking back through the pictures of those gorgeous creations is an added delight. 

I'm a regular reader of Katie & Chelsie's Afternoon Tea blog and they always keep me up to date with the latest events and places to try. Last week I tweeted my new partner in crime Laura to see if she fancied trying the afternoon tea at The Knightsbridge Lounge. The pictures of incredible little pastry swans had caught my eye and I was intrigued!

So yesterday afternoon, along we went. 

Located inside the The Park Tower Hotel, the lounge is an impressive yet cosy Hyde Park-inspired tea parlour. It's a relaxing retreat away from the busy streets of Knightsbridge outside.

We settled into the large, comfy chairs.

To begin, we were each brought the 'King's Quiche Little Taster' made from Norwegian red king crab and seaweed butter. 

It was served warm and the pastry was wonderfully short and crumbly. It's rather unusual to be brought a starter like this at afternoon tea but it was very welcome and extremely tasty!

We sipped on a glass of champagne as we chatted about love, life, work and blogging. Soon our waitress was presenting us with a selection of sandwiches.

Serpantine Salmon with Keta Caviar, Surrey Farm Peppered Beef with Mustard and Watercress, Coronation Chicken with Corn, Mango and Coriander on a fruity bread and finally, a Duck Egg Mayonnaise and Mustard Cress roll.

I was disappointed to find that with exception of the roll, the breads were a little stale around the edges - not ideal! But I couldn't deny that the fillings were delicious, particularly the crunchy Coronation Chicken on the nut bread.

It wasn't long after we'd polished off our little sandwiches that our cakes arrived. 

Hooray for the the pastry swans!

There were macaroons, lollipops of marshmallow and Turkish delight with a dipping bowl of sherbet, tartlets, mousse cones and of course, the petit choux pastry swan with hazelnut and praline cream.

Here's the full run down...

And here's that swan again!

Afternoon tea wouldn't be afternoon tea without the classic scones which were served with jam and clotted cream.

(in case you were wondering about the 'big' question, I put my cream on first then the jam)

And let's not forget the tea!

I ordered the Long Jin Green Tea which was light, slightly sweet and aromatic.

Following the stale bread setback, I was a little skeptical about how good the cakes would be but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Although the taste of the choux swans didn't quite live up to their impressive appearance and the meringue cups were a little uninspiring, the scones, gooseberry tartlet and walnut cupcakes were delicious. We also loved the touch of having a little bowl of sherbet which we were eating by the spoonful at the end!

It was another splendid afternoon tea experience. Okay, so it wasn't the best I've ever had (did I mention the stale bread?) but the presentation was charming and there were a lot of very delicious treats in there.

Definitely recommended to help wind down after a hard day's shopping in Harvey Nichols next door.

The Distinctly Knightsbridge Afternoon Tea consists of a quiche little taster, sandwiches, scones, pastries and your choice of tea – £37.

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  1. This looks fantastic!! I also really approve of the fact you put the cream on first, good girl!! xx

  2. I haven't been for afternoon tea in so so long! I love it, all the pastries, mini sandwiches, and lots of heart warming tea! Those little swans are adorable indeed!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  3. O wow, this looks amazing! It looks so delicious and so pretty!

  4. I love an afternoon tea!! Just posted a review on my blog too - amylysette.blogspot.co.uk :-) x

  5. Your new haircut looks so stylish and elegant :)
    That tea looks truly scrumptious
    x x x
    The Lobster & Me

  6. We have been tempted by the choux swans as well (a friend and I are meeting up for a Christmas tea) but were wavering, so I'm glad to read your review. Stale sandwiches aren't cool for the price you pay!
    Ps. I'm glad you're a Cream then Jam girl too!

  7. oh no, jam first! Haha I love a good afternoon tea. There's a place near me that does Chocolate Afternoon teas, complete with nutella sandwiches! I'm desperate to try it.

    You both look gorgeous here, hope your weekend was a good one!

    Christy x
    Another Weekend Without Make-up

  8. Definitely oodles of cream first before a big dollop of jam! :)

    Those cakes look amazing. I really need to go on another afternoon tea adventure myself some time soon!

    Lucy x

  9. I literally can't believe the bread was stale!! That's awful - the swans look pretty but as they are happy to say on GBBO, substance with food has to be over style!

    Katie <3

  10. oh wow, this all looks diviiiiine!x


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