When I found out I was going to get a sneak peak at the new Easter Afternoon Tea at The Langham, I couldn’t contain my excitement. You may remember that I had the pleasure of previewing their Festive Afternoon Tea back in November, so I knew I was in for a real treat!
I count myself very lucky to be a part of an incredible community of people who truly appreciate good food. I’ve been fortunate enough to try some of the best food London has to offer, along with making friends with those who share my love of food.
Whilst some of my fellow diners opted to start with Champagne, I was looking at the extensive list of teas available and finding it difficult to choose once again.
I ended up choosing the The 150th Anniversary Langham Blend, which is a unique blend of 150 ingredients. You’d think that this would mean it’s a bit overpowering, but you couldn’t be more wrong. It was smooth and not so heavy, I really liked it!
Our amuse bouche was a blancmange (kind of like a sweet vanilla, jelly-like pudding) with a tangy rhubarb compote. The sweet and tart combination is always a winner in my eyes.
I remember from my last visit, I was told that they use fish gelatine in their desserts, so I knew I had nothing to worry about whilst dining at The Langham. All the meat they serve is halal too, accept for the pork, of course. This is like music to my ears because it means I get to try everything and experience it along with everyone else.
Chris King, Executive Chef and Cherish Finden, Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, London, both came out to meet us and it was such a pleasure to chat to them briefly. I hope they could tell we were excited to try their creations, which were especially designed for the Easter Afternoon Tea.
When the tray of beautifully presented sandwiches came out, I did a little dance (on the inside, of course). Bread, sandwiches, carbs… they’re all my weakness. And to have such a delightful selection on offer, we were spoiled for choice. So of course we had to try one of each!
There was the Truffled duck egg brioche, which was simply the best tasting combination! The generous portion of shaved truffle on top was mind blowing. I could’ve just eaten the whole tray by myself.
Smoked salmon and asparagus on a rye cracker – beautiful, but slightly overshadowed by the cracker, which probably wasn’t my favourite.
Cucumber, cream cheese and chives – a simple classic, and although it didn’t stand out next to the others, it was actually a pleasant addition for me.
Peppered beef pastrami and a Red Leicester coleslaw – some deep, somewhat smoky flavours, which went nicely with the coleslaw.
Corn-fed chicken and golden sultana on carrot bread – probably my favourite, along with the truffled duck egg. A take on coronation chicken and it was ever so moreish, that I went in for seconds!
Now let’s talk about these scones. Oh how I love scones (carbs, remember). I recently went for afternoon tea outside of London with my family on Mother’s day, and my biggest disappointment were the scones. The texture was wrong on so many levels and it just didn’t taste fresh. So when we got presented with these delicious scones at The Langham, I forgot all about those other ones.
To top it off, we were one of the first people to try their HOT CROSS SCONES. Yes, you read that right. Scones, but made even better with the addition of cinnamon and a few raisins. Cinnamon is my most favourite spice in baked goods. I’ve had cinnamon cake for my birthday many times because it’s the best.
The best thing about them wasn’t just the taste, but the texture too. The knife glided through the warm scone and I piled on the Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve, in that order. And if you do it the other way round, we shouldn’t be friends.
I recently read an article where the expert (I don’t know what they had to do to gain that title) described it like putting the butter on first before the jam. This completely makes sense, therefore I trust their expert opinion.
As I sit here writing about these scones, I’m drooling. I was very kindly offered some to take home with me, which I said yes please to, obviously. So my flatmate and I certainly enjoyed these later on.
We need to talk about Cherish. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she’s also such a lovely person, who made an effort to get to know the group whilst we all took photos with her.
Did you know that Cherish is going to feature as a judge on The Great British Bake Off’s professional spin off show? It’s called ‘Bake Off: Crème de la crème’, and it’s due to be broadcast on BBC2 at the end of March. How exciting is that!? Keep your eyes peeled for it, because I know I will!
Cherish introduced the Easter themed pastries to us and I just loved the story behind it. I love how much thought goes into creating these mini works of art and it’s actually disheartening when it comes to eating it because they look too good to eat!
The story follows rabbits, going through a form of obstacle course, trying to get from one pastry onto another. Think of it like the Easter version of Total Wipeout. It’s colourful, playful and packed with vibrant flavours and textures. Truly delicious.
‘Chicken or the egg?’ – the finger lemon tart is wrapped in a white chocolate dome covered in a cartoon design of chicken and eggs. The chocolate cut through the tartness and it was one of my favourites.
‘Bunny Show Jumping’ – a white chocolate mousse with mango and passion fruit. I love fruity pastries. I find them refreshing next to the rich, chocolatey ones. This was an interesting one for me because the pastry part reminded me of an Indian sweet, which is usually packed with ghee. Which is obviously what makes it taste so good!
‘Sunny side up’ – a fried egg balancing on top of chocolate easter eggs. These eggs were made from white chocolate, but it’s the design and structure that are the highlights here. It’s just really clever.
‘Bunny See-Saw’ – 64% chocolate mousseline, raspberry and pistachio financier. This was quite rich for me at this point, mainly because I had eaten so much already.
Thank you to Aysem and Aftab for inviting me to preview this along with them. The Easter Afternoon Tea is only available for a limited time and launches on Monday 21st March until 28th March. It’s priced at £49 per person or £59 if you opt for the Champagne.
So if you’re looking to do something a little different over Easter, definitely book yourself in for an afternoon tea treat because it is beyond amazing!