Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea is a collaboration between InterContinental London Park Lane Executive Chef Ashley Wells and Edward Bodenham, ninth generation of British Family Perfumers, Floris London.
The limited edition Afternoon Tea combines perfumery expertise and culinary talent to create a sensory journey that celebrates the beauty of British summertime.
Using evocative notes from Floris fragrances; such as freshly cut grass, jasmine, bergamot, citrus and rose, the immersive experience begins with a strawberry pearl wheatgrass and citrus mist palate cleanser.
The sandwiches are enjoyed in the same way as a scent might be. A light top note of rose pickled cucumber with mascarpone is tasted before the heartier notes of salmon and bergamot in lemon bread. A spicier combination of pink peppercorn and thyme chicken is followed by a rich honey roast pumpkin with crumbled feta served on spinach bread.
Mini-buttermilk scones are served with Earl Grey infused butter, wild strawberry jam, pink peppercorn lemon curd and clotted cream. In the theatrical finale, Pastry Chef Luis Meza has designed a collection of cakes that celebrate the quintessential English Garden and key summer notes from classic Floris’ fragrances.
The selection includes bite-sized Jasmine tea cakes garnished with edible flowers, bergamot and blackcurrant flower macaroons, Peach Melba mousse and a grapefruit and almond tart with violet cream. Fresh summer berries and chocolate garden stones refresh the taste buds between flavours.
The limited edition Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 and will be available from May 18 through Sept. 27th 2015, Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Bookings are essential and can be made on 020 7409 3131. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available.
The team also created an extensive Wellington Lounge loose-leaf tea menu and worked with The Northern Tea Merchants to develop blends that are exclusive to InterContinental London Park Lane.
The Wellington Lounge is inspired by its location overlooking the Royal Parks and London landmarks. Blending the best of tradition with contemporary twists, the menu options present styles to suite all tastes.