'Tale As Old As Time' Afternoon Tea, Kensington Townhouse in London

29 June 2018 Kensington, London

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Well hey there pals! It's been a little while since my last post on here, but I thought this fun little thing I went to to celebrate my best friend Larissa (read her blog here) turning 28 would be perfect to tell you about! On a sunny Tuesday a week or so ago, we headed south to the gorgeous Kensington Townhouse for an afternoon tea named 'Tale As Old As Time'. Well, she'd initially invited her mum but since she couldn't go this gal was in second place - winning! Townhouse had initially first created this afternoon tea with a magical twist for the release of the live action Beauty and the Beast Disney film but as it was proving so popular they've extended it through to December. Once it's finished, they will then be looking at creating another afternoon tea based around Disney - we told the staff our preferences when they asked for feedback (Aladdin or The Lion King!).

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T H E   S E T T I N G

The Townhouse is based in the Kensington Hotel, just a hop, skip and a jump away from South Kensington station. Recently refurbished, the interiors were designed by Shoreditch-based designer Alexander Waterworth and they completely mirror the building and Town House look. As you walk through the main entrance (wishing that adorable blue bike was yours) you're welcomed by the lovely staff and instantly hit struck by the beautiful setting (cue the 'wows' and oo's' from me and Larissa) - from the winding staircase to the I-want-that furniture, every little corner is beautifully thought through. To the right is the main dining area which is just flooded with light and on the left is where the afternoon tea is held. 

This room is also incredibly light because of the huge windows all along the front of the building, it's a great place to take all the Instagram's, let me tell you, and the staff even help you take some shots as well. Once you're settled into your seat you're offered a selection of teas and cold drinks so, being a birthday and all, we opted for a couple of cheeky Bellini's and a pot of Earl Grey (cos, it's all about balance) and it was time for the fun to begin...

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T H E   F O O D

Before we were told about all the yummy food we were about to eat we were presented a Cogsworth, Lumiére and Mrs Potts ornament for the table, unbeknownst to us that Mrs Potts was carrying something very important.

SAVOURIES

Bite size venison pie
Beef ragu & saffron arracini lemon créme fraiche
Cheese Soufflé roscoff onion pissaladiere

A SELECTION OF SANDWICHES

Potted Argyle smoked salmon & créme fraiche
Roast Devon Red chicken with cranberry
Cucumber & cream cheese
Egg mayonnaise & cress

SWEETS

Vanilla & gold jelly
'Try the grey stuff' white chocolate mousse
Chocolate clock tart chocolate ganache
Spiced snowball macaron coconut &chocolate
Speculoos dress marzipan

Marie's sweet brioche baguette

Before the tiered plates came out with our afternoon tea on, we were given our starters which, as you can see from the menu were foods taken straight from the 'Be Our Guest' song in the film: 'Beef Ragu, cheese soufflé!' which were all absolutely stunning and perfect for whilst we were settling into our seats, drinking our Bellini's and (still) taking some photo's.

But then it was time for the main event and our lovely waitress told us all about the food - simple, quintessentially British finger sandwiches and then the sweets which, again, all held a meaning from the film. Me screaming 'It's Belle's baguettes!' made the waitress very happy and Larissa laugh, probably in embarrassment (classic Sam). The sandwiches were well made and you could tell the filling was fresh and the bread was perfectly spongey...we finished the lot and were even offered more. But, we wouldn't have had room for all our desserts if we took up that offer...and, in my opinion, the dessert is always the best bit! I fell hard for the coconut macaron which resembled the snowball fight Belle and Beast have in the film and Larissa couldn't get enough of the chocolate clock tart!

Once we had finally finished as much as we possibly could we were able to still sit there and chat some more, the staff were really lovely and didn't make us feel rushed. Sometimes I find, with things that you have to book like this, they've booked so many people in that they instantly want you to leave when you've barely finished your last mouthful. This wasn't the case and I'm sure Larissa would agree that this little afternoon out was the perfect way to spend her 28th birthday. Plus, she officially asked me to be one of her bridesmaids so you can't really get better than that, can you!

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1 comment

  1. This tea set is just totally cute, and the idea to do such a thing is original and lovely:).

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