Afternoon tea is a very special treat.
And no treat is more trendy than Prêt-à-Portea, the afternoon tea at The Berkeley. Just stepping inside the glamorous London hotel, I knew it was going to be an afternoon of utter indulgence.
We were there to celebrate Nat’s birthday, albeit three months late as weekend slots are hard to come by.
Our waiter explained the set menu (note: dietary requirements can be catered for but allow at least 24 hours notice) and after browsing an impressive selection of teas, we both settled on something fruity. We happily sipped, absorbing the elegant atmosphere, until part one of our feast arrived.
An exciting assortment of finger sandwiches, with the roast beef and horseradish being my favourite, followed by a plate of savoury samples. From tuna tartare to beetroot gazpacho, it was all completely delicious.
But what came next was the real showstopper!
Three beautifully baked tiers of sugary delight.
Inspired by the world of fashion, each sweet is delicately created to portray a piece from a current fashion designer’s collection, with the menu changing every six months to keep up with current catwalk designs. Like a blueberry muffin cake in the form of an Anya Hindmarch tote!
It was almost too gorgeous to devour – but not quite!
After explaining how each treat was influenced by a fashion designer, our waiter left us to tuck in.
The prettiest most delicious selection of cakes I’ve ever tasted. The chocolate mousse bomb was melt-in-my-mouth fantastic!
We left feeling relaxed, pleasantly full and holding little going home goodie bags given to all Prêt-à-Portea visitors.
Though not your average afternoon tea, with no scones in sight, The Fashion Tea was absolutely worth the wait – just be sure to book well in advance!