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4 Jul 2013

BERKELEY HOTEL PRET-A-PORTEA AFTERNOON TEA

Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review
Euriental - afternoon tea, Berkeley hotel, dining out, food, hotel, london, review

On Sunday, Jarv & I had afternoon tea at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. As described on the Berkeley site: "The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion." We paid just under £90 for both of us.

Pros: 
  • Limitless food. You want three more smoked salmon sandwiches? More of those delicious Balenciaga cakes? No problem.
  • An interesting spin on the usual afternoon tea, with desserts inspired by the S/S '13 runways.
  • A fantastic array of teas. Some really interesting flavours too, like African Amber, Posh Pomelo and Melon and Pear Caramel.
  • A little to-go bag when you leave, with two or three cake/biscuits inside.
Cons: 
  • Although some of the food was quite tasty (I particularly enjoyed the Jason Wu coconut cake bag, Balenciaga cake, Oscar De La Renta and D&G desserts), many desserts were bland.
  • The atmosphere wasn't especially elegant or relaxing (something I associate with afternoon tea) - girls at hen parties/birthdays seemed to be the main clientele, and the crockery felt very cutesy.
  • Pricey for afternoon tea, even if it is eat all you want. How many cakes and biscuits can you really eat?!
  • ...I couldn't help but miss my scones.
In the end, it was a pleasant experience, just not one that I necessarily want to repeat. A novel idea, fantastic selection of teas (and you can feel free to try out different flavours at no extra cost) and something cute to do for the afternoon.

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