By May Yin Lee of Red Velvet London
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to try The Langham Hotel’s complimentary festive afternoon tea at the Palm Court which launched on Saturday 27th November until the 3rd of January 2016. The festive afternoon tea is inspired by the Nutcracker fable, the dream like state of the Nutcracker protagonist and visitors to the Palm Court will be greeted by two ‘soldiers’ at the entrance, before embarking on a journey of indulgence within the heart of The Langham. The Palm Court is famed as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition and have captured my moments with you all before the official launch.
To begin with we had a pre-dessert Eggnog pannacotta with rum jelly (above). As for the speciality sandwiches this included Forman’s smoked salmon éclair; Truffled duck egg bridge roll my favourite); Farmhouse stilton, red onion and port relish; Cucumber, cream cheese, chives and Smoked turkey, marjoram stuffing, watercress.
The Festive Tea celebrates elements of Christmas fables past including the memorable story of the Nutcracker, with a Nutcracker Victoria Sponge with cranberry and while balsamic pâte de fruit that encapsulates the childlike wonder and celebratory spirit.
The presentation of the pastries are a work of art: cinnamon Christmas tree shortbread, a mango and passionfruit white chocolate chantilly with mini Christmas trees and a pistachio and raspberry dome (which was my favourite), sablé biscuit decorated with mushrooms from a faraway kingdom (literally apparently). I only managed to catch the first name of the genius behind the pastries and her name is Cherry from Singapore; she’s incredibly talented where we just couldn’t bare to eat the pastries without destroying it.
The Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at £49pp and £59pp incl a glass of N.V Laurent-Perrier But Champagne and £64pp incl a glass of N.V Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne Rosé. It’s available throughout the day at 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm. For reservations you can email them firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website here.