1 August 2014

Tea, Cakes & Beetroot Cocktails


My quest to sample every single Afternoon Tea going in this glorious city continues. This time, Laura and I were paying a visit to Lanes of London. Nope, it's not a bowling alley as one might assume. This restaurant and cocktail bar is so called because it's situated on the rather exclusive Park Lane, just inside the Marriott Hotel.

The atmosphere is friendly and very relaxed. We settled in our mirrored booth and were soon presented with the menu, a glass of Moet & Chandon pink champagne and a delicious little banoffee appetiser to kick things off.


We decided to share the jasmine pearl tea. It's served in a glass teapot so you can watch the little flowers as they open up and release their floral aroma into the water. It's a little bit like drinking pot pourri but in a nice, refreshing way.


Time for those all important cake pictures!


It's very classic fayre and after our somewhat confusing visit to the York & Albany's Gin Afternoon Tea a couple of weeks prior, this was quite welcome. The finger sandwiches were the traditional egg & cress, smoked salmon & cream cheese (in an amazing walnut bread), cucumber & mint and glazed ham & pickle. Cake-wise, there was a little raspberry tart, a layered chocolate gateaux, a lemon sponge and a strawberry cream macaron. Unfortunately, there is just one of each cake and no refills so you either have to cut each one in half or fight to the death to secure your favourite. You decide.

The sandwiches and cakes were very pleasant and well presented although they weren't a patch on the wonderful scones. Oh, the scones! They were crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and served alongside just about the loveliest home made strawberry compote I've had. I savoured every little bite!


Very nice indeed!

I currently have a bit of an obsession with beetroot. Beetroot in my salad at lunch, beetroot with dinner, beetroot based smoothies. But I hadn't yet tried it in alcoholic form. This all changed after our tea and cakes when I spotted the West London Gimlet on their extensive and rather exciting cocktail menu. Grey Goose vodka and their gorgeous house-made beetroot cordial. It was a revelation! 


And surely pretty healthy too, right?

Have a great weekend everyone! Eat cake and never be ashamed of it! 

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10 comments:

  1. I love beetroot, so want one of those cocktails! Lovely photos, love your cardigan
    Lxx

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    1. Thank you - it's from Free People
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  2. Oh yes, beetroot contains properties that actually protect against liver disease so putting in a cocktail is genius! I'd like to try Lanes of London I'm quite intrigued by their street food concept. Cakes look good too!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London


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    1. Beetroot cordial and vodka - should be a standard drink in all bars from now on!
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  3. Lovely pictures! I love Beetroot. I make my own fresh beet juice almost on a weekly basis.

    Hong Kong Island Hopping

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    1. Do you? I might have to start doing that too!
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  4. I love afternoon tea! Your photos are amazing and it all looks so tasty, but I would be a little miffed with one of each thing - I don't do sharing!

    www.honeybourneline.co.uk

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  5. i love living vicariously through your afternoon teas, something I really need to go to as it's been so long. I particularly love the photos in this post, they're gorgeous! x

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  6. I think it's about time I had another afternoon tea soon. This looks delicious. Although, it's a bit of a shame that they only give you one of each cake.

    I think that little banoffee appetiser looks the tastiest and I totally agree I'm obsessed with Beetroot at the moment too!

    Katie <3

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