What Could Be Better Than Afternoon Tea? Afternoon G & Tea
If it aint broke, of course, there’s no need to fix it – unless the unbroken thing we’re talking about is afternoon tea, and the ‘fix’ is a gin injection.
Dukes St James in London is bringing together these two great British institutions with its G&Tea: basically afternoon tea, except with a tea-infused G&T instead of the hot stuff.
The gin in question is Beefeater infused with black tea leaves – either Earl Grey or Black Vanilla. It’s served Prohibition-style in a china teacup, either cold with ice and tonic, or as a hot punch on cold days like this week. Could it get more magnificent? Yes – you also get your normal food spread of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. It costs £35, which is pretty great value for London, considering the alcohol.
Meanwhile, over in South Kensington, the Ampersand is doing a special Musical Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Proms concerts going on nearby at the Royal Albert Hall. Delights include a mini grand piano made of dark chocolate, a hazelnut sablé in the shape of a double bass, and a scattering of music notes and fake sheet music over the rest of the offerings. There are scones, too, and “savoury gougères” (basically cheesy choux pastry), but they are unthemed. It runs until 5 September and costs £32.50, or £44.50 with champagne, and on weekends they’ll feature performances by some of the best buskers on the London Underground.
[Photo: Ampersand Facebook]