Following my previous visit to the The Aviator Brasserie for dinner (see my earlier post here), I was thrilled to be returning for a beautiful afternoon tea. Once again I was not disappointed and I was delighted with the the choice to buy it as a birthday present for family!
The afternoon tea is served between 2-5pm across different areas in the hotel, including the beautiful Sky Bar with great airside views, small lounges and also in the Brasserie where we were seated. I loved being able to look at the classic black & white photographs in more detail compared to my previous visit. The relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere is enhanced by the extremely welcoming and professional staff who are always willing to go above and beyond.
Once seated we were offered a glass of champagne or prosecco to accompany our tea. We hadn’t selected this when we booked, but as it was a celebration we all decided to add a glass of bubbly to our afternoon. You can also pick from their extensive cocktail menu.
We were then presented with the selection of Camellia Tea that we could pick from including a selection of caffeinated, herbal, green and black teas. I immediately decided to start with a rooibos chai from South Africa, others opted for a berry infusion (which I switched to later) and also ordered coffees. Any hot beverage is included, so even your coffee or hot chocolate loving friend won’t miss out!
After the tea had brewed, we were served with our afternoon tea platter to share and it immediately looked lovely. A selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and patisseries ready for us to dive into!
Immediately we noticed the lack of every afternoon tea’s key component – scones, but were quickly told that these will be bought out to us after the sandwiches so that they are still warm! Amazing!
We had one food intolerance in the group and the restaurant were fantastic at providing a separate plate of suitable sandwiches. They pride themselves on producing gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegetarian options so that everyone can enjoy the afternoon tea experience. Inform them of any allergies on booking or tell your server on the day.
The sandwiches were light and a great starter. They included: Cucumber with cream cheese on basil bread, Chicken & bacon on white bread, Free range egg & wild cress on brown bread and my favourite Smoked salmon with crème fraîche on beetroot bread. The sandwiches and tea are refillable, so all you have to do is request some more to be delivered to your table.
This was followed by the arrival of delicious warm scones, straight from the kitchen! It is a really small touch but it made such a difference and the scones were enjoyed by all.
The final stage of any afternoon tea is the delicious small patisseries and lovingly baked sweet treats. We had a range of 5 each. These included a miniature victoria sponge, a flaky mille-feuille, a chocolate ganache tartlet, a rhubarb choux pastry and an adorable citrus sharp banana & passionfruit macaron. These nibbles were all as pretty as a picture and a lovely way to wrap up the tea.
To finish our perfect afternoon we were even able to sit outside on their wonderful terrace to enjoy the unseasonable British sunshine together! This is a fabulous afternoon tea choice for those who want a bit of luxury outside of London & they are offering a range of packages to tie in with the bi-annual Farnborough Airshow that is taking place this summer. I can’t wait to come back again!
Cost: £25 per person for a regular afternoon tea. £35 for tea with a glass of champagne.
Time: approximately 2 hours.
Nearest Train Station: Farnborough Main Train Station, approx. 40 mins from London Waterloo.
Website: Aviator by Tag Brasserie
Date: April 2018