Disney fairytales are the bread and butter that I grew up on and when I heard that the Townhouse Kensington was launching a Beauty and the Beast Afternoon Tea, I was dying to get in. It was booked out for almost over a year before one day, by fluke, I rang up the hotel and they had just had a cancellation and could get me in. I was so excited and was literally floating on air from South Kensington station to the hotel. We were greeted and made to wait by the fire place whilst we waited for our table. It set the scene for the tea as we already enchanted before we walked into the dining room.
We were seated at the table and given our tea menus and we took our time taking in the surroundings. Every single person around the room was having the same afternoon tea and the whole room was decorated to make the experience even more magical. The room was best described as a library and it didn’t have many tables so that explained the difficulty booking reservations. The room was dotted with Beauty and the Beast references with the rose bell jar, rose petals, Mrs Potts, Lumiere and Chip adorning all the tables around the room.
On the tables were Belle’s dress Biscuiteer biscuits which acted as a memento for us to take away with us later on. I ordered my vegetarian afternoon tea and a Jasmine pearl tea to start my afternoon tea experience.
My tea arrived along with my starters which I was not expecting. We were served a vegetable quinoa on a lettuce leaf, a cheese tart and arancini. They were delicious and really cleansed our palettes before the afternoon tea actually arrived.
When our tea arrived, I was enchanted. It was incredibly well presented. The sandwiches were finger sized and made with the softest of breads with traditional fillings like cream cheese and cucumber, egg mayonnaise and cheese salad. Instead of scones, we were given Marie’s sweet brioche mini baguettes with apricot jam and nutella. The desserts were the true stars of the show – vanilla and gold jelly fashioned to look like a belljar, Cogsworth shaped chocolate tart, Spiced snowball macaron and White chocolate mousse that you could eat out of Chip.
I fell in love with the whole set up. It is fantastic how they have bought Beauty and the Beast to life on such a large scale with references to the film littered all over the place. The food was good, not the best of afternoon teas that I have ever had but it was creative how they fashioned the theme into all the food. The sandwiches were traditional and simple. The desserts were so yum, perfect mix of savoury and sweet and Cogsworth was delicious to nibble on. The only let down was the lack of scones. The baguettes were so dry and honestly, scones fashioned into something related to the movie would have suited much better. I would highly recommend this tea for a true Beauty and the Beast fan, it is a real novelty afternoon tea and the Townhouse Kensington bought it to life.
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