Last week we enjoyed a fantastic Afternoon Tea, ‘Scents of Summer’ at the InterContinental London Park Lane. It’s 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.
Once we were settled in our seats we were offered a strawberry pearl wheatgrass and citrus mist palate cleanser. Using evocative notes from Floris fragrances; such as a freshly cut grass- it was a tantalising start to our experience.
The sandwiches were delicious too! We nibbled on a rose pickled cucumber and mascarpone sandwich roll and then moved on to heartier notes of salmon and bergamot in lemon bread. A spicier combination of pink peppercorn, thyme and chicken followed by a rich honey roast pumpkin with crumbled feta served on spinach bread really satisfied our appetite. It was a very cheerful plate of bright colours and vibrant flavours.
The mini-buttermilk scones were served with Earl Grey infused butter, wild strawberry jam, pink peppercorn lemon curd and clotted cream, and left us wanting to sample more.
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.
Once again, the colours were amazing and transported us to a wondrous place; with edible flowers, blackcurrant flower macaroons, peach melba mousse, and a grapefruit and almond tart with violet cream. Fresh summer berries and chocolate garden stones refreshed the taste buds between flavours.
We’d highly recommend a visit as we had a brilliant time. The service was very good and our host Luigi was very pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly.
The limited edition Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 and will be available till 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.