It’s no secret that I love enjoying an afternoon tea with friends & family, so when the opportunity to relive some childhood memories at a themed Peter Rabbit™ experience at the beautiful Terrace at the Dilly arose I couldn’t resist!
Luckily I spotted a special offer that meant myself and the fab Curious Claire could enjoy spa access for the morning (3 hours) & potentially burn off a few calories before indulging! Situated on the lower floor of Le Meridien hotel, the spa features one of the largest indoor swimming pools in London, a steam room, squash courts & a gym.
Not wanting to wear exert ourselves out too much, we stuck to swimming lengths of the pool and a few trips to the steam room. We were lucky that the pool wasn’t overly busy so we could really enjoy spending time relaxing & catching up. It’s worth noting there are limited seats if you want to sit out of the pool.
Once thoroughly relaxed, we made our way to the first floor to the beautifully designed Terrace restaurant & bar. Located in the heart of Piccadilly the spacious Victorian conservatory is filled with wonderful natural light, vibrant colours, greenery and a charming relaxed atmosphere.
The afternoon tea pays tribute to the wonderful stories of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved, cheeky Peter Rabbit™ and his friends and doesn’t lack ingenuity in both appearance, presentation and flavour! Adults are served the tea on a two-tiered blackboard stand (don’t try to move this on your own too much!), whilst younger visitors are served their treats in an adorable wooden vegetable box.
There are eight loose leaf teas to select from & I was drawn immediately to the elderflower & blossom darjeeling. This had a lovely refreshing quality from the floral notes in the ingredients and was light enough to not require any milk. Other options included an intriguing sounding Emerald Dragon Oolong and the more standard Earl Grey.
Four savouries are presented to start the afternoon tea. The two finger sandwiches are nice, but reasonably plain, with a traditional ham & cheese on granary bread and a devilled eggs on basil bread. These are however great inclusions for children or those who are fussier eaters! The classic smoked salmon sandwich is uniquely altered to a sun-dried tomato pinwheel that may help convince non-fish eaters to give it a go!
The highlight of the savouries is ‘Mr McGregor’s Garden’ which is a miniature baguette lined with red pepper hummus and tiny veggies including cauliflower, broccoli, radishes and carrots. This is sure to make even the most anti-vegetable child give it a taste purely because of how pretty it looks!
Each guest is served two scones, a plain and a raisin scone and as with the best afternoon teas they are served warm! The presentation of the clotted cream and strawberry jam in charming (non-edible!) terracotta flower pots adds a lovely touch to the theme.
The sweet treats are definitely the star of an already wonderful afternoon tea, with several well-themed delicacies to enjoy! It couldn’t be a rabbit themed tea without every bunny’s favourite – carrot cake! A lovely moist version topped with plenty of cream cheese frosting and decorations. The open macaroon features Peter Rabbit’s beloved snack blackberries and a strawberry ganache filled mushroom with meringue stalk has a picture perfect mirror glaze finish.
The highlight is Peter Rabbit’s Flower-Pot Hideout and this flowerpot is entirely edible! The pot itself is formed from chocolate and filled with a sponge cake base, blackberry, a subtle chamomile flavoured mousse and topped with chocolate soil. There is also an adorable marizpan Peter Rabbit and edible ‘No Rabbits!’ sign – if you can bring yourself to eat them!
This really reminded me of the quote ‘Now run along and don’t get into mischief’ from the Beatrix Potter books in my childhood! Clearly Peter Rabbit didn’t listen as he’s already been in the flowerpots! It’s fabulous that the tea instantly brought out the child in both of us & reminded us of those childhood memories!
Following our tea we decided to pop out onto the Au Soleil balcony of the restaurant, which is available for dining and drinks in good weather. Currently the balcony is decorated with beautiful floral backdrops making it the perfect place to enjoy a glass of prosecco & end our experience in the London sunshine!
Although the tea is only available for a limited time, I cannot wait to see what theme they come up with next to match this fantastic experience. A fab treat for both kids and big kids alike!
Cost: £35 per adult and £25 for the children’s version of the afternoon tea, advance booking required. Available seven days a week, 12.30pm-5pm. (I purchased a Wowcher which was £59 for 2 adults to enjoy the tea & have a half day spa access)
Time: approximately 1-2 hours.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
Date: July 2019