Luxury afternoon-tea – SeasonaliTea at The Langham, London

Luxury afternoon-tea – SeasonaliTea at The Langham, London. A fresh new approach from the home of the tradition of afternoon tea The Langham, London has launched SeasonaliTea

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The Langham London – Afternoon Tea…. Rose Champagne & Seasonal Sandwiches

So Gentlemans Butler went along to enjoy, and enjoy is exactly what happened. This is definitely an updated approach, responding to our increasing appetite for both a healthier option but responding to the approach of sense which is eating produce that is sourced more locally.

bone china cup and saucer
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea…. Hot Tea being poured into a bone china cup and saucer

While the idea of seasonality is expected in the approach of any high calibre restaurant, until now it has been conspicuously absent from afternoon tea menus.  The Langham’s SeasonaliTea at Palm Court will feature savouries, scones and patisserie all created with the very best ingredients when they are at their absolute peak, meaning the flavours are sublime and you really do notice the difference.

Afternoon Tea
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea…. Something Fresh …

Focusing on seasonal ingredients the SeasonaliTea offering will change as the best produce comes in.  As part of the focus on flavour, the patisserie created by Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Gravett is lighter, with a reduction in the use of refined sugars and fat, without compromising on the indulgent taste or texture of the cakes.

The Langham London - Afternoon Tea.... Cream Cakes
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea…. Cream Cakes

The presentation of SeasonaliTea is still elegant and contemporary, but not over-elaborate.  ‘I think there has been a real emphasis on the artistry of afternoon tea in recent years, often at the expense of flavour’, says Gravett.  ‘We wanted to redress that balance, and, by using brilliant seasonal ingredients, our SeasonaliTea will be as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye, we believe.’

The Langham London - Afternoon Tea....fresh summer tastes
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea….fresh summer tastes

For its launch, summer delicacies served will include sandwiches with seasonal fillings such as Cackleberry Farm egg, marinated artichoke and summer truffle, while the selection of five sweet treats will include ‘Chouxtime’, using the ‘La Burlat’ variety of cherries and ‘Rolled into One’, with Oakchurch Farm strawberries and Madagascan vanilla. Where possible the chefs will work with locally-sourced ingredients, but for some recipes more exotic ingredients from further afield will be used to achieve a perfect balance of flavours.

The Langham London - Afternoon Tea....A Pink Goodie Bag to take home
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea….A Pink Goodie Bag to take home

The idea of seasonality will encompass every element of the afternoon tea experience within the chic surroundings of Palm Court.  SeasonaliTea means the selection of teas offered changes too, so they complement the changing menu, and Palm Court will also feature stunning seasonally-changing floral displays.  The Langham, London was the first hotel to serve afternoon tea when it opened in 1865, and continues to maintain its reputation for innovation with the recent relaunch of Roux at The Landau and the opening of The Wigmore, the modern British Tavern, both within in the last year.

The Langham London - Afternoon Tea.... Scones and music
The Langham London – Afternoon Tea…. Scones and music

Gentlemans Butler a regular visitor to The Langham continues to enjoy and be looked after and as ever afternoon tea is a perfect way to be civilised, take time out, switch off ones phone, be seated in comfort and take part in the wonderful and age old tradition of conversation whilst enjoying a classic afternoon tea.

SeasonaliTea served at The Langham, London
Afternoon Tea is £55 per person, while High Tea is £62.
To book visit or call 020 7636 1000.

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