What better way to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics than eating a sports inspired tea? No crowds, no queues, no trekking to East London, just lots of delicious food and plenty of style and sophistication. The Hyatt Regency, the Churchill Hotel is currently serving a fun themed afternoon meal offering guests and visitors an opportunity to be part of the games whilst enjoying the indulgences of this luxury hotel.
Conveniently located behind Marble Arch tube station, the Churchill is the ideal combination of traditional and contemporary with an eccentric collection of art from the Saatchi Gallery making the lobby and dining area colourful and quirky. We sat at a pleasant table by the window and enjoyed a relaxing tea. Service was modest and prompt, our waiter was friendly and often stopped by to check if we needed more tea or food.
The best things in life often begin with a glass of chilled champagne and at the Hyatt, the Lanson bubbly was utterly delicious, the perfect start to our weekend. We gulped it down and awaited our food which seemed to appear only moments later. Three elegant tiers of treats: cucumber, roast beef, prawn, smoked salmon and egg sandwiches, warm fruit and plain scones with clotted cream & jam and a variety of delicately crafted cakes.
Everything was fresh and immaculately prepared. My favourite sandwich was the cucumber and cream cheese which was made with a delicious herby bread and just the right amount of filling; my granny adored the plump pink prawn sandwiches. The scones were divine, scrumptious homemade buns piping hot from the oven. We indulged with plenty of thick cream and dollops of strawberry jam. To accompany our food, we each chose a favourite tea blend from the list, blackcurrant for my granny, and fresh mint for me… both light and refreshing.
I relished the swimming pool cake, a tiramisu-like flavour with layers of soft creamy mousse and espresso soft cake with an alarmingly blue icing. The macaroons were a little too chewy for my tastes, though I loved the aesthetics of the bright orange basketball decoration. We also received meringue topped shuttlecock cupcakes, chocolate ganache tennis rackets and a weight-lifting cake-pop. The patissier’s selection all looked beautiful and even though some of the cakes were a little bland, I was completely captivated by the invention used to create this assortment of sweets.
Whether you’re sporty or not, I can guarantee you’ll enjoy this chic afternoon tea, and with the sports in full swing there is no better time to try it.
Sport-Tea with a glass of champagne is priced at £35 per person.
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