Conrad London only used the best ingredients for its afternoon tea at Emmeline's Lounge.
Conrad London is one of the more unassuming luxury hotels situated in London. It is situated in one of the quieter parts of town at St James’s, yet it is still very centrally located being close to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The interior of the hotel has been meticulously renovated and used to be the historic Queen Anne's Chambers, which were a collection of chambers available for rent at the turn of the twentieth century, so people could be close to the seat of power.
Luckily, for tea lovers, this is also where you will find one of the best value afternoon teas around at their Emmeline's Lounge, which is named after the political activist, Emmeline Pankhurst, who led the British suffragette movement. Their traditional afternoon tea starts at £35 per person and includes a countless selection of savouries, sandwiches, cakes and pastries and freshly-baked scones, which they are also happy to refill.
We started off by enjoying a hearty, autumnal pheasant, pumpkin and toffee apple pasty with sage; the pastry was so wafer-thin light, you just knew you were in the capable hands of a top pastry chef. Smoked mackerel pâté is a relatively easy dish to prepare and the oily taste of the fish combined well with the toasted brioche. Top marks to the team at Emmeline's for making sure their afternoon tea had the right balance between savoury and sweet items.
Sandwiches can be a tad bland at times, but here they use five different types of bread to showcase and match with their classic British ingredients: caramelised onion bread, cranberry bread, beetroot bread, country loaf and dark rye bread. It really made for an appetising experience and I have to highlight, in particular, the pickled cucumber, lemon and mint cream cheese on beetroot bread. You will never think of cucumber sandwiches in the same way again after trying these heavenly delights.
Next came the cakes and pastries and they were all executed with precision, however the one I would really save stomach space for is the pumpkin and mascarpone tartlet. It had the creamy texture that dessert lovers crave along with an earthy richness but without being overly saccharine, which will put you off eating anything else
Scones were only brought out to us last, once we were ready for them, after the other courses to ensure they were still appropriately warm and were served with lemon curd, strawberry compote and Devonshire clotted cream. And the best part of the experience that really makes their afternoon tea stand out amongst the crowd? They have a tea sommelier who will guide you through the best choices based on your preferences and for us, even offered different teas to match with the various courses.
They make seasonal changes to their afternoon tea menus to ensure they are using the best ingredients, appropriate to that time of the year.
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