I settled into my high backed tub chair, surrounded by flowers, a pristine starched tablecloth, the sound of a tinkling piano and the sommelier at my elbow to pour an elegant flute of Laurent Perrier Rose. The perfect start to the new Langham Afternoon Tea With Wedgwood, created by new Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, London, Andrew Gravett
The Palm Court at The Langham is understated; elegance and luxury ooze from every art deco lamp and crystal drop chandelier. The attentive staff advised us on which tea to order, that’s if you wanted to waiver from your favourite. I ordered Lapsang Souchong, not on the already lengthy tea menu, but readily available.
This is not a tea for the faint hearted, and having opted for the ‘High’ Tea option I was glad I’d skipped Lunch. We began with five pitch perfect, indulgent finger sandwiches, served from a tray, not a curled corner in sight. The Burford brown egg with marinated artichoke on rosemary bread was my favourite, although the red pepper and tapenade, specially prepared for me as I have a shellfish allergy was lovely too. My sandwiches were thoughtfully brought on a plate in order not to be served from the same tray that had the shellfish fillings.
This was my very pretty ‘High’ element of my afternoon tea, Beetroot Salad, Goats Cheese, Pecan Crumble with honey dressing. It was perfectly light and refreshing, Fiona from London Unattached had the crispy duck leg, cranberries and celeriac. A delicious little crisp ball of savoury delight, with a slick of puree and the tartness of cranberries.
Next followed delicious, light scones, both plain and raisin, generous without being overly large, which we slathered with cream and jam. The inevitable Devon vs Cornwall conversation emerged as I chose cream first and Fiona jam first. Either way there was plenty of both.
All through this our cups were constantly refilled and the tea refreshed. The next course was a chocolate lovers dream inspired by Wedgwood collections, four delicate bite sized cakes and a Babalicius in a glass. A blackcurrant and star anise baba with Jivara whipped ganache and crunchy pearls. Although small these were delicious taste sensations, a Madeleine with passion fruit jelly wrapped in a coat of Itakuja chocolate, an irregular sphere of creamy coconut, liquid raspberry and Manjari mousse in a crisp chocolate coat, A caramelised puff pastry with a vanilla infused mascarpone and a white chocolate thin and finally a perfect minature Paris Brest made from crunchy choux pastry a light pecan cream and caramelised pecans.
Going out for afternoon tea is the ultimate treat, a meal that you don’t really need, but at The Langham, London it lives up to it’s promise and is undeniably delicious, full of flavour and guarantees a sugar rush at the end.
The Langham High Tea with Wedgwood accompanied by a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose £72
With thanks to all the staff and the PR team at The Langham, London for inviting me to taste The Langham High Tea with Wedgwood. I was not asked to write a positive review, all views and opinions remain my own.