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20 November 2012

Afternoon Tea at Amaranto, Four Seasons Park Lane

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
Hamilton Place
Park Lane
+44 20 7499 0888 ‎

Not Just Another Milla was a guest of the Four Seasons Park Lane.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 November 2012 15:53

    Wow, looks great! And delicious :)
    I’ll be on London next week so the Four Season is now on my “to do list”!

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 15:12

      Hello Nadia, did you enjoy your visit to London? Where did you explore?

  2. 20 November 2012 21:57

    Count me in! I too love all things Italian and the idea of focaccia and bruschetta…love! Raspberry tart, chocolate eclair-heaven!! Good service makes everything better! I agree about the time slot thing-that’s the only thing I don’t like about The Dorchester! Adding this place to my to do list now….

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 15:11

      I cannot wait to see this list!

  3. 21 November 2012 07:28

    Looks lovely! I especially love their decor and you’re right, the tea is displayed very elegantly!

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 15:11

      Another place for you to try!

  4. heavenlyhousewife permalink
    21 November 2012 12:32

    “Scones know no time,” you speak the gospel daaahling!
    Love your blog and your afternoon tea adventures. And I thought that I have been to a lot of afternoon teas… I’ve got nothing on you! We must compare notes sometime! Have you been to the one at the Connaught? It’s my favourite one.

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 14:58

      Madame HH, thanks so much for your comment! Loving your Pin boards. I’m a big fan of afternoon tea and London is the best place for it. The Connaught is on my January dream list. If you have any other suggestions, don’t be shy! Do you have a blog? Would love to compare tea notes.

  5. 23 November 2012 15:28

    It was a mistake reading this just before going to bed. Now I’m hungry!

    Milla, you should definitely be a food writer ;)

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 12:55

      Ah, thanks Aggie! I probably better at the eating than the writing… :-)

  6. 3 December 2012 02:23

    Hi Milla sweet … thanks for stopping by to see me this week … it’s been so crazy busy this is the first chance I’ve had to say hello! Things are slowly and surely getting done at the house (emphasis on slowly, as I’m impatient ;) … but at least it’s getting there. There was so much that needed to be done and to save money (it would have been a fortune to hire contractors for it all), we’re doing a lot of the renovations ourselves. My husband put down the hardwood floors on the first floor and he’s been doing plaster and drywall … we moved in in July and we just recently got the first room actually painted (hallelujah) because of all of the work that needed to be done … but it turned out beautifully … it’s the library. Now we’re on to the living room! haha Hope your holiday season is a lovely one! xoxo

  7. 4 December 2012 15:49

    Ohhh nice :) Sounds very glam ;)


  8. 11 December 2012 23:03

    Hi dear … Thank you for stopping by, this looks so decadent, beautiful shot photographs! Everything sounds amazing too.

  9. 15 January 2013 21:21

    Just had to misfortune to discover your blog and see the pics of these gorgeous desserts. :( Just…wow!

  10. 3 February 2013 12:31

    My sister is going to the Four Seasons tomorrow for afternoon tea and I thought I would check here for her to see if there was a review! I love how the food was displayed and the pianist certainly seems to give the experience a lot of charm. I look forward to hearing what she thinks too!

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      26 February 2013 09:50

      Hello lovely, did your sister enjoy the Four Seasons?

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