I never turn down an opportunity to have a traditional English afternoon tea experience, so when I received an invitation to attend the ‘Taste of Travel’ Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen, I naturally said yes.
The event was organised by Lastminute.com in conjunction with the Edwardian Hotels London to showcase three different afternoon tea menus with a twist, alongside demonstrations by The May Fair’s award-winning chefs.
From the culinary delights of the Mediterranean at May Fair Kitchen to the contemporary Italian and Peruvian small plates at Monmouth Kitchen, passing through the Mexican and Peruvian flavours of Leicester Square Kitchen.
The event was hosted at The May Fair Hotel, a luxury 5 star hotel on Stratton Street, in one of the most beautiful and elegant neighbourhoods of London. The hotel’s restaurant, May Fair Kitchen, opened in 2016 after undergoing a stylish refurbishment.
We tasted signature dishes from all three afternoon tea menus, but my personal favourite was the May Fair Kitchen, mainly because the Italian flavours of the savoury bruschette and chocolate tiramisù appealed to my Italian roots.
The afternoon tea at May Fair Kitchen is served with tea or coffee, but guests can also choose between four types of Champagne or three signature cocktails: The Amalfi (Lemon, limoncello, honey syrup, mint, topped with Prosecco), Our Sangria (Baigorri Rioja Blanco or Baigorri Rioja Rosado, RinQuinQuin, lychee, elderflower and lemon), Campi di Viola (Lavender, elderflower, lemon topped with Prosecco).
My favourite cocktail at the Taste of Travel event though was this Pisco Sour from Monmouth Kitchen, made with BarSol Quebranta pisco, lime, egg white, sugar and bitters.
The menu starts with a Trio of bruschette (Cherry tomato, king crab with avocado and chilli, spinach and soft cheese) and Pan con Tomate.
Followed by Sicilian lemon scones and Charbonnel et Walker chocolate scones, served with homemade orange and nectarine preserve & vanilla mascarpone. I had never tasted a chocolate scone before and I was amazed by how delicious it was, especially when slathered with the citrus preserve and the mascarpone cream. Yum!
For this afternoon tea menu, available until December, May Fair Kitchen has partnered with chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker. The chefs patissier have created a selection of chocolate desserts: Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, Dusted Milk Sea Salt Caramel Truffles, Dark Chocolate Crowns, Flourless chocolate and orange cake. And my favourite dessert: Tiramisu with Charbonnel et Walker chocolate shavings.
If your sweet taste buds aren’t satisfied yet, there are also sugar-coated doughnuts with Charbonnel et Walker chocolate sauce.
During the event, I also had the chance to try a few dishes from Monmouth Kitchen and Leicester Square Kitchen, two restaurants that I am now looking forward to visiting soon. I loved the churros with thick Peruvian chocolate sauce from Monmouth Kitchen.
And the mini Salmon tacos with jalapeño sauce which were insanely good. I ate at least three of those and simply couldn’t stop myself!
I have tried a lot of afternoon tea menus over the years, but I was beyond impressed by the variety of dishes and quality of ingredients showcased by these three restaurants of the Edwardian Hotels London. To book your own afternoon tea and other amazing experiences in London, visit the Lastminute.com.
Disclaimer: this post was written in collaboration with Lastminute.com All opinions are my own.