On a rare sunny day, my sister and I commenced an afternoon of indulgence at the Four Seasons Park Lane with a little champagne. Afternoon tea is such a tradition here in London and one of the best parts about sampling it around town is discovering different versions, which is where the Four Seasons comes in. Amaranto offers a unique Italian-style afternoon tea in addition to a tradition British style. Now I adore all things Italian so why not give this a try! We opted to share one of each and what a treat! Both versions included the classics: bruschetta, honey roast ham & mustard sandwiches, focaccia and salmon and cream cheese. Vegetarians need not worry; you have your very own menu! All rather tasty and wonderfully presented but it was the desserts which wowed me: rich cannolo, chocolate éclairs, torta capresa, raspberry tart and an apricot brioche dreams are made of. They were almost too pretty to eat. Almost… The cranberry and raisin scones were a new experience. I’m such a purist when it comes to food but enjoyed the uniqueness, and paired with clotted cream and strawberry jam, what could go wrong? Nada!
The tea was displayed so elegantly – such a pretty sight for a tea enthusiast. Amaranto certainly lived up to it the welcoming Italian hospitality I expected and thankfully we weren’t rushed. I know I mention it every time I write about afternoon tea but I simply cannot accept those restaurants which give a time slot. Scones know no time! Now I know this is the Four Seasons so bad service is highly unlikely but our host – Biago – needs a promotion! Not an empty glass in sight!
If I had to describe this afternoon tea experience in one word, ‘refinement’ would spring to mind. From the pianist playing beautifully in the background to the hand painted china my tea was served in, everything was so refined. To me this is what afternoon tea is about: beautiful food, luxurious surroundings and not a care in the world. An experience to savour and where better than Park Lane to indulge. Amaranto has officially been added to my favourites list.
Four Seasons Park Lane
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Not Just Another Milla was a guest of the Four Seasons Park Lane.