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Thursday 16 June 2011

The Churchillian Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a brilliant invention. If done well, you'll be happily full for hours after and you'll be a little bit drunk as well. But here's my problem with afternoon tea: I don't have a particularly sweet tooth.

Well, that's not entirely true. Victoria sponge doesn't last five minutes around me, I'm partial to a macaron and brownies are often scoffed in as much time as it takes to make them. But when it comes to afternoon tea, I always prefer the savoury stuff. And it's almost always RUBBISH. So much effort goes into the dainty little cakes, little mousses, tiny macarons of perfection. And for savoury things? A few dull sandwiches and a bit of quiche if you're 'lucky'. I'm always left feeling a little uninspired by them.

But there might be a saving grace. The Hyatt Regency hotel in London offer a 'Churchillian' afternoon tea for £29, packed full of little British classics. So instead of cucumber sandwiches (yawn), their treats include potted shrimp and crumpets. There's little mini shepherd's pies. Baby Yorkshire pudding with roast beef! I want all of these things.

The theme continues through to desserts and instead of overly sweet cupcakes, you'll get tiny trifles and treacle tarts. And chocolate eclairs too - apparently a favourite of Sir Winston's.

Traditional afternoon tea is in danger of becoming dull and stuffy, but The Hyatt Regency have taken a classic and done something interesting with it, but without going over the top. It's still traditional, it's still British. And it sounds very tasty indeed.

Flickr image from me'nthedogs's photostream.


  1. I have to say I ADORE the little sandwiches you usually get at afternoon tea. But this sounds fab too, the potted shrimps are a great idea!

  2. I like the little sandwiches too, but they're usually the rubbish part of the deal.


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