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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Brown's Hotel Afternoon Tea

Founded in 1837 Brown’s Hotel is one of the most established 5 star hotels in London. Walking distance to Green Park and Hyde Park and smack bang in the middle of Mayfair this hotel really needs no further explanations. And while a stay at Brown’s might be a big splurge for most, relaxing in their English Tea Room is accessible to all and is highly recommended.

The English Tea Room offers afternoon tea and light snacks and has been doing so since the mid nineteenth century. However there is nothing dated about this offering, in fact Brown’s has a great number of options including tea-tox; a healthy version of their award-wining traditional afternoon tea. Healthy eating has never been more prominent and this sugar free, low fat and low carb option is very much on trend. And I can assure you that this option is still as indulgent and decadent as the traditional one. I should know, we had both!

Tea Tox on left and Traditional on right
As hard as it is to stay away from the traditional and tasty freshly cut sandwiches and scones with clotted cream & jam, the tea-tox smoked chicken & quacamole on spelt bread and poached salmon & dill creme fraiche on dark rye definitely stepped up to the challenge. The sea buckthorn jelly cut through some of the sweetness present in the other dessert options while the orange cake and flourless chocolate cake made me wonder whether they were on the right tray! You can eat as much and drink as much tea as fits into your stomach and for £39.50 this elegant experience is very good value. 

The Victorian tea room is comfortable and warm and the atmosphere is radiant with music coming from the piano. Our waiter ensured our tea cups were always full and our plates never empty. As far as my experiences go with afternoon tea, this has been my number one.

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