Chocolate Week is in full swing and we’ve been out and about sampling more chocolate-themed afternoon teas!
Yesterday, we visited the rather lovely Langham hotel just of London’s Regent Street. Until October 20th, they’re running this special afternoon tea in partnership with Valrhona.
Of course, I can’t help compare this to the Thorntons afternoon tea I sampled last week at the Park Lane Hotel. And the first thing you notice when you walk into the Palm Court at The Langham is how beautiful the room is. I much prefer the atmosphere at The Langham, and it’s high ceilings and decoration is both more stylish and a little less cramped than the Park Lane Hotel.
Our tea started with a simple “pre-dessert” – this very tasty lemon posset.
As it turned out, this was the highlight for me. It was tangy and tasty, and while everything else looked amazing, it just didn’t quite work as well as it could.
The sandwiches look interesting, but they were just “Ok” rather than fabulous. I couldn’t help but compare it to the Thorntons tea where I demolished all the sandwiches very quickly. Here, the quality just wasn’t quite as good. And I don’t know that I want a white chocolate, cauliflower and fish ice cream cone anyway.
The scones were better, and I thought they had a great texture, but my partner didn’t like the fact that they were dusted with sugar and slightly sweet. I didn’t mind so much. I can live with sweet.
Finally, we had the fabulous looking cakes. I liked the fact that you’re given two of everything so you don’t have to share (one up on the Thorntons tea there), but when it came down to it, everything looked just a little bit better than it tasted.
The roasted pistachio tower was easily my favourite thing, but everything else fell a little short. The Black Forest Dome didn’t taste like black forest at all, and the Eton Mess push-pop was just odd. None of it was bad by any means. But I wanted it to be fantastic, and it didn’t quite reach those levels.
If I had to pick between my two Chocolate Week afternoon teas, I’d have to go for the Thorntons one at The Park Lane Hotel. I don’t think you’d regret doing either, but the Thorntons version just seemed a little better thought out and some much more interesting flavours.
The full menu for Chocolate Week Afternoon Tea At The Langham looks like this:
Finger sandwiches including:
- White chocolate and cauliflower mousse with Scottish smoked salmon
- Confit magret duck pithivier with cocoa nibs
- Burford brown egg mayonnaise with broccoli cress
- Label Anglais Chicken and mushroom cluster
- Smoked mountain ham with 12 month old Comte and sweetcorn
- Warm selection of plain and golden raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserves
Selection of French pastries and mini cakes:
- White chocolate and raspberry Eton mess with marshmallow pavlova
- Kalingo Cremeux, Chocolate brownies with sea salt caramel
- Jivara and Ivoire Blackforest dome with red velvet cake
- Roasted Pistachio Ivoire tower with Crunchy Caramelia pearls
- Tangy lemon posset with berry and elderflower
Langham Hotel Chocolate Afternoon Tea (£40 per person)
1c Portland Place