Having previously sampled tea at The Milestone in the hotel’s wonderfully atmospheric conservatory (think black and white pics, abundant natural light, comfy sofas and that “summer feeling” all year round as shown here) I was happy to repeat this experience in the more traditional surroundings of the hotel’s Park Lounge – described by my tea companion as follows:
We were quickly introduced to The Milestone’s special way of doing things (as recently showcased in Channel 4’s The Intern) as we were offered a glass of champagne while mulling over the menu…how civilised.
Then having both opted for the Royal Afternoon Tea (why change a classic?) we were soon serenaded with our multi-tiered tray of sweet and savoury delights – a feast for both the eyes and the senses.
I chose to accompany mine with a Chinese green tea which was both fragrant and refreshing. It almost made me feel virtuous before diving into the various eclairs, mini tarts (including a delicious fruity one that was a taste sensation), cupcakes and macaroons.
My personal favourite was the carrot cake – a sweet treat and yet concealing a pleasing depth of authentic carroty goodness.
The sandwiches trumped many competing London hotel afternoon teas through the superb variety on offer: smoked Scottish salmon & cream cheese, roast ham & English mustard, Mull of Kintyre cheddar & tomato, chicken mayo with chopped almonds and good old-fashioned cucumber.
Last but not least, we were served oven-warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. All in all, it was a delightful afternoon and the ideal accompaniment to a spring walk in Kensington Gardens. Highly recommended!
Photo credits: London Hotels Insight Flickr, London Hotels Insight blogger Rajul.
Disclosure: we were guests of The Milestone.