Dalloway Terrace, of The Bloomsbury hotel, has recently launched its alfresco Afternoon Tea. While the weather is warmer, guests are invited to enjoy the Mariatu Kargbo designed afternoon tea with a glass of Perriet-Jouet champagne.
If you’ve been working hard to gain your summer body, in need of a treat or simply find yourself in London for a weekend, afternoon tea is the well deserved indulgence you want. The tradition of afternoon tea dates back to the 1830s in the nearby Bedford Square, and so it is no surprise that Dalloway Terrace pay homage to this nearby locale.
The idyllic interior, designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, allows diners to make the most of the warmer weather, and in the event of a brief rain shower, with the touch of a button a veranda-style roof appears and transparent wall descends, protecting customers in a cosy space that feels a million miles from the bustle of nearby Tottenham Court Road. A nifty feature, much like the Wimbledon Centre Court roof, which we admired and appreciated greatly.
The afternoon tea menu has been prepared by Pastry Chef Mariatu Kargbo, bringing with her previous pastry experience The Dorchester, The Lanesborough and The Berkeley – in short, a chef who should know what makes a good afternoon tea.
The Dalloway Terrace afternoon tea menu (£30) includes savoury and sweet surprises in addition to the scones and clotted cream you would expect. For an additional £5 you can enjoy a glass of sparkling English wine, or for £10 more (£40 in total) a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne. And if you ask the waitress very nicely, you may just get a fabulous, complimentary refill (although that’s not a guarantee from us).
Our highlights from the savoury menu include the smoked salmon rillette served on Guinness bread and the smoked corn-fed chicken in mini brioche bun, both moreish and could easily be eaten twice over, if it weren’t for the gargantuan sweet section. Speaking of sweets, the chocolate éclair was somewhat underwhelming and the mousse more liquid than airy and light; however the passionfruit and mango fruit dome, and Bloomsbury brownie were the rich and indulgent finish we craved.
If, like us, you indulge in an excess of clotted cream and jam with your buttermilk scones, you will find the portion small, but a small beckon to the waitress heralded a bountiful supply.
Overall we’d rate this afternoon tea 4½ out of 5. The luxurious interior of Dalloway Terrace gives you an out-of-city experience whilst very much keeping you connected to the capital. The execution of two of the dessert options was questionable, but overall a well-presented and sophisticated afternoon tea, not least with the added glamorous touch from Perrier-Jouet.
Dalloway Terrace afternoon tea is available 12pm to 6pm daily.
For more information, visit dallowayterrace.com or call 020 7347 1221.