As soon as my best friend Claire, from The Curious Explorers, invited me to a Beauty & the Beast afternoon tea with the amazing Brittany, from The Sweet Wanderlust, I knew that this was a delicious opportunity that could not be missed! The Kensington Hotel in West London created the themed tea in connection with the release of the new live action version of the classic Disney film and this is an experience no Disney fan with a sweet tooth should miss!
The Town House rooms where the tea is held provide an intimate, cosy environment and every table gets to enjoy the company of some very special guests in the form of Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and, of course, Chip!
The tea is inspired by the song ‘Be our Guest’ with all the food being a tie-in to the characters and song! There is a varied selection of teas available for you to choose from including black, green, white and herbal options. The elegance of the venue is enhanced by the beautiful presentation and signature Tiffany blue crockery, which I adored.
The savoury starters are a play on lines from the song itself; ‘Beef ragout, cheese soufflé, pie & pudding’ and are a perfect introduction to the meal, plus a great preparation for all the sweet treats to follow! These bite-sized savouries included a beef ragu & saffron arancini, mini venison pie and a cheese soufflé with onion chutney.
The scones are replaced by two mini brioche baguettes as a reference to Marie from the film. These are accompanied by apricot jam and a chocolate pot, followed by a selection of traditional sandwiches (4 fingers per person).
Lastly we came to the delicious Beauty & the Beast themed sweets which certainly did not disappoint! A vanilla and gold jelly, with a floating edible rose petal, representing the icon bell jar rose, was served with cream from Mrs. Potts herself! A coconut and chocolate ‘snowball’ macaron and a Belle dress speculoos cookie topped with marzipan (beautifully packaged for you to take away for later!).
A chocolate ganache tart was served in the form of Cogsworth alongside an adorable Chip cup containing the ‘grey stuff’ (white chocolate mousse).
I wish the Chip cups had been for sale as I definitely would have purchased one as they were exceptionally cute! The tags attached to them were a brilliant tie-in feature and did prompt us to break into song, which continued throughout most of the extremely enjoyable afternoon with two wonderful friends.
The whole afternoon tea was a Disney lovers’ delight and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who fancies a special sweet treat!
Cost: £35 per person for a regular afternoon tea. £45 for tea with a glass of champagne.
Time: approximately 1-2 hours.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington (10 minute walk from the station)
Date: November 2017
**Unfortunately the Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea has now ended – check out my other Themed Afternoon Teas in London to see if something else sparks your interest!