Eat | Botanical Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane

Botanical pear pearl drop Botanical Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane London Nettle-marinated asparagus wrapped in Sirloin of beef Sevruga caviar, prawn and lobster Citrus scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and quince & cardamom jam. Citrus scone topped with clotted cream and quince & cardamom jam Mandarin tart Dessert Botanical Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane London Botanical Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane London Botanical Afternoon Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane London Beautiful calla lilies

Few things in the life of a young woman are better than a Saturday afternoon spent with good company enjoying afternoon tea at The Wellington Lounge in one of London’s finest hotels – the Intercontinental Park Lane.

My view on tea is pretty much the same with champagne – keep it pure and natural. However, throwing caution to the wind, I opted for The Botanical Tea – champagne cocktail et al. The exotic aroma of cardamom and vanilla before the champagne flute reached my lips led to some rather excited taste buds. Never would I have paired cardamom with champagne but it was decidedly delicious.

Cleansing one’s palette came in the form of an unusual pear pearl drop on a bed of moss. I’m still intrigued by its texture. I was expecting some form of sorbet but, well, I won’t ruin the surprise but I’d like to know what other people thought. Commencing with prawn, Scottish lobster and Sevruga caviar, nettle marinated asparagus and beef, guinea fowl and celeriac, the savoury selection of canapés was refreshingly unlike any selection I’ve tried before and really pushed the boundaries on the standard afternoon tea expectations.

Citrus scones sounded a little troubling because I feared too much citrus would overwhelmed the cream and jam but the balance was spot on. The prawn and lobster was going to be a hard act but a couple of weeks later, I’m still thinking about the quince and cardamom preserve. I wonder if they sell it… Really good with the crumbly texture of the scones and creaminess of the clotted cream.

Matcha, mandarin and crème brûlée all get a mention on the dessert menu; a varied mix of sweet treats which were all presented beautifully and very nice but there was one dessert which stole the show… Getting me to eat white chocolate is no easy task. I don’t like the stuff. However, when it arrives like this, saying no would be wrong. Combining white chocolate with two very different strong flavours – coconut and fennel in this case – and pulling off this delicious torte is no mean feat. Creamy yet light with each ingredients working together – this was easily the best dessert I’ve had this year and yes, I will be returning for another piece.

Naturally the service was as good as the food and being able to sit and really enjoy the experience was such a treat. Three hours later, we bid farewell to our lovely waitress and walked through the hotel, admiring the exquisite floral arrangements as we left. Combining wonderful service, a unique menu, beautiful surroundings and an unhurried luxurious experience, the Wellington Lounge gets my vote. The Botanical Tea costs £38 per person and, in my opinion, is worth every penny!

Intercontinental London Park Lane
Wellington Lounge
1 Hamilton Place
London
W1J 7QY

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

12 Comments

  1. 24 September 2012 / 11:20

    You had me at the mention of lobster on the FB posting! I LOVE lobster! In an afternoon tea….well I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it! The pictures are beautiful-what surroundings!! I’m not a white chocolate fan either so I insist we go and do this and I can judge for myself 🙂

    • Not Just Another Milla
      Author
      27 September 2012 / 10:34

      Thank you Sarah! Isn’t the décor lovely? So chic and understated – just what I like.

  2. 24 September 2012 / 15:16

    Oh, everything sounds so fresh and delicious! I’m not fond of white chocolate either as I find it just too sweet for me.

    I also cried a little inside seeing the £38 price tag.

    • Not Just Another Milla
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      27 September 2012 / 10:32

      Aggie, all I can do is say wear waterproof mascara when you visit London! This is one of the more reasonably priced afternoon teas… For me, if this had been £50, it still would have been worth it for the quality and service.

  3. 24 September 2012 / 16:47

    Oh, everything sounds so fresh and delicious! I’m not fond of white chocolate either as I find it just too sweet for me.

    • Not Just Another Milla
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      27 September 2012 / 10:36

      Really fresh and light. Even the white chocolate was light. So delicious!

  4. sheburos
    25 September 2012 / 06:08

    You must take me here on my next trip please…incredibly beautiful photos .Milla…you are an artist.

    • Not Just Another Milla
      Author
      25 September 2012 / 21:49

      Oh, thank you Sheilah! Yes to tea here. I see a tea tour in the future…

  5. 27 September 2012 / 00:31

    Reading this is almost like being there….and I’m with you on white chocolate, (what an offensive concept, “white” chocolate)–the desert must have been stellar to win your approval!!

    • Not Just Another Milla
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      27 September 2012 / 10:39

      Thank you Kate – I wish you could have joined. The canapés were delightful. Operation Get-Kate-to-London commences here!

  6. CinZilicious
    1 October 2012 / 08:21

    WOw, i love this new lay out of your blog!!!! You seem to write quite professionally,Milla=) I really like your style of writing and the descriptions!!! This place sounds like a must try!!! I wish i had read this when i was still in London.

    Matcha, mandarin and crème brûlée – gosh they sound heavenly. I agree about white chocolate, i am not a big fan either! It’s hard to make me like white chocolate, lol

    When i got your message on my blog, i was already back in Hong Kong and had been back for almost 2 weeks!!! Maybe next time my dear=) But my 2 weeks trip to squeeze London, Copenhagen, and Paris in was truly no easy task! I didn’t get to do, eat, or see as much as i wanted. But i guess that is how it goes when you do family trips. Yes, i went with my parents since my mom have always wanted to go to Paris and now her dream has come true, lol.

    Oh by the way, as i remember you go to afternoon teas every now and then, i thought i let you know that I went to try a Marc Jacobs afternoon tea over the weekend at Mo Bar inside the Landmark shopping mall. I gotta say, i was in for a surprise. Normally with these marketing gimmicks to collaborate with designers and afternoon teas or whatever food promotion, i always feel they fuss more over the branding than the quality of the food but this time they proved me wrong! Anyhow, this promotion was only on for the entire September month so i managed to try it just before it ended. I will post pics on my blog later so check it out if ya got time:)

    Okay, this is a really long comment so i’ll leave it at here, take care Milla and hope all is well on your side=D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

    • Not Just Another Milla
      Author
      1 October 2012 / 09:55

      Thanks so much Cinz – it was done by Jenny Beaumont. I’m featuring her on the blog tomorrow.

      I really wish we could have met but next time. Did you enjoy your trip? I cannot wait to see the pics, and this Marc Jacobs tea sounds divine… Bring on the blog posts!

      xx

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