The Jumeirah Carlton Tower afternoon tea in Knightsbridge won the award for the best overall afternoon tea by the Hotel F&B Magazine.
When I heard that Jumierah Carlton Tower had won the best overall afternoon tea, I had to go and visit and find out if it really lived up to the award. On a Monday evening, me and a friend went over to try out the afternoon tea to see if it was all that it was claimed to be. On arrival, we were shown into Chinoiserie, their restaurant which is based in the hotel foyer. We were shown to our table and given our menus. We were seated essentially in the hotel lobby, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle and we felt a bit exposed so I asked to move in the end to a side partitioned off from the rest of the lobby. This was not an issue but you couldn’t help but feel that the hotel is crying out for an afternoon tea area or section which is secluded from the rest of the hotel lobby.
We ordered the British Summer Season afternoon tea with a mocktail to accompany it – mine was the virgin mojito which was delicious, if not a bit too minty as the leaves kept climbing up my straw. The first item that arrived from our afternoon tea were these savoury cones with different fillings – Tomato cone filled with barrel aged feta, tomato and olive
Sesame cone filled with guacamole and red onion salsa. They were so tasty with well thought out complimenting flavours for each cone. We nibbled on them whilst having our first cup of tea.
The main event was the afternoon tea stand that was in an oval shape. The middle tier held the next savoury dish, the sandwiches and rolls. The Summer Savouries were made up of hummus and roast vegetable sandwich, a tomato and cheese sandwich and an asparagus, basil and feta cheese in a spinach bread roll. They were each good to eat in their own way but I found them rather dense. The one which I found the most overwhelming was the spinach bread roll which had so much filling that I ate about two bites and then gave up.
The scones were fresh and warm and served with the usual clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. The real stars of the afternoon tea were the desserts. Each one was made to represent a major summer event. The BBC Proms in the Park was a pineapple creamy mouse with white chocolate pieces. The Royal Ascot was depicted by a hat made out icing, filled with a chocolate brownie. The Chelsea Flower Show was represented by a chocolate tart with strawberry filling and Wimbledon was a white chocolate tart with a lemon truffle tennis ball on top. Each dessert was more delicious than the next and so easy to eat as each one was finger sized.
The afternoon tea was finished off the most cooling and refreshing Raspberry sorbet which ease off the bloated post-afternoon tea feeling. I enjoyed the Jumierah Carlton Tower afternoon tea, I can see why the food was so highly rated. The only thing that let it down was the atmosphere which is why I would not rate it the best overall afternoon tea as I have been to much better.
For more information about the Jumierah Carlton Tower Afternoon Tea see here.
I hope you enjoyed this post, don’t forget I will be reviewing another afternoon tea tomorrow for Afternoon Tea Week. For more reviews read here.