A little bit of Disney Magic has settled on The Kensington Hotel in the form of the dreamiest Beauty & The Beast Afternoon Tea. After trying to get a booking for a while (it’s been sold out for months!) I was lucky enough to be invited down with a lovely group of ladies to finally try it for myself.
Walking through the rest of the guests at their separate tables, there were mini Belles acting like perfect princesses and couples with a shared love of Disney pouring over their champagne. Our ‘Tale As Old As Time Afternoon Tea’ was held in the private dining room, adorned with Roses in glass cages, full size Cogsworth’s and Lumiere’s with a roaring fire in the corner.
We started (like all good stories do) with Champagne and the beautiful Perrier Jouet Champagne at that, followed by bite-sized delicious pastry treats.
Beef Ragu & Saffron Arancini Lemon Creme Fraiche
Cheese Souffle Roscoff Onion Pissaladiere
These made such perfect little starters to the main event, and then, as Cogsworth chimed, it was time to ‘put the service to the test’ and try the sandwiches.
Potted Argyle Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche
Roast Devon Red Chicken with Cranberry
Cucumber & Cream Cheese
Egg Mayonnaise & Cress
The sandwiches, over time, have become my favourite part of an afternoon tea. I used to be all about the sweet treats, but is there really anything more lovely or more British than tiny little afternoon tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off? I don’t think so!
Following the sandwiches, we were all expecting the classic scones, cream and jam but instead, out came some sweet Brioche Baguettes served with apricot preserve and a chocolate pot. A lovely twist and tie back to the opening scene of the film.
Mrs Pott’s followed, accompanied by Chip and the beautiful sweets. The Mrs Pott’s cream poured over the Vanilla and Gold Jelly to create a beautiful glass framing the rose petal encased inside. ‘Try the Grey Stuff’, it’s delicious! White Chocolate Mousse was followed by Spiced Snow Ball Coconut and Chocolate Macaron – another playful throwback to the Belle and Beast Snowball fight scene in the snow. Of course, the Cogsworth Chocolate Clock Tart Chocolate Ganache doesn’t need explaining and tastes delicious. The Speculoos Marzipan Dress too is a work of art that Belle herself would be honoured to wear.
We finished our tale as old as time with some more champagne, toasting to the household for having us as their guests and a beautiful afternoon!
The Afternoon Tea will be running until 30th November 2018. It is £42/person or £54.50 with a glass of Champagne. You can book here.