South Kensington is the most obviously French area of London so it seems fitting that the Kensington Hotel has introduced an “Oh so French!” afternoon tea. This delightful offering celebrates the culinary traditions of France and pays tribute to the cultural character of the neighbourhood.
The £35 menu includes:
Selection of savouries
- Goat’s cheese vol-au-vent puff pastry shell filled with creamy goat’s cheese & swiss chard
- Pissaladiere crispy flat bread base with caramelised onions & anchovies
- Quiche Lorraine with bacon, onion & cheese
- Pan Bagnat crusty pain de champagne with tuna, olive oil, tomatoes & quail egg
- Croque monsieur pan-fried ham & Gruyere finger sandwich with tomato tapenade
Selection of sweets
- Passion fruit madeleines shell shaped sponge flavoured with vanilla & passion fruit
- Rose macaroons with fresh berries pastel pink macaroons, with rose petals & wild berry butter cream
- Strawberry millefeuille layers of crisp puff pastry with crème Chantilly & strawberries
- Paris-brest baked almond choux with hazelnut crème patisserie
- Cherry & pistachio clafoutis freshly baked clafoutis with Provence figs & toasted almonds
Aux Merveilleux de Fred brioches
- Plain & chocolate chip brioches from Aux Merveilleux de Fred with apricot jam
There are plenty of tea varieties to choose from, and for an extra £10 you can make the tea experience more decadent with a glass of champagne.
Often, afternoon tea is a sickly sweet experience, but I loved that the ‘Oh So French’ menu included a range of delicious savoury bites. Particularly tasty were the cheesy and light vol-au-vents, and the cute mini croque monsieur that was so good I would have liked a full sized version.
The brioche buns were a surprising change from scones, and I did miss the traditional English counterpart. But the French are deservedly known as the finest pastry chefs in the world, and this was represented well in the top level of treats on the afternoon tea stand. My favourite were the exotically flavoured madeleines and the luxurious little millefeuille.
I always find the Kensington Hotel staff welcoming and the dining rooms are comfortable and relaxing. The ‘Oh So French’ afternoon tea suited me perfectly, fuelling my love of French food and entertaining me for an afternoon of fun in London.
More information and book here.