An afternoon of Indulgence at The Capital Hotel…
Tying in nicely with Afternoon Tea Week, the official celebration for one of Britain’s best-loved traditional treats, The Capital Hotel’s afternoon tea launch served as a welcome reminder of just how tempting and indulgent homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches can be in the right hands. Prepared by Nathan Outlaw’s talented pastry chef, the hotel’s outstanding spread demonstrated a superior level of culinary skill and proved more than just a little moreish when it came to sampling the delights on offer.
Arriving after a long day at work, we were certainly in need of some pampering and tlc, and we couldn’t have hoped for a warmer welcome as we stepped inside the hotel’s entrance and found ourselves being led upstairs to where the most phenomenal array of treats lay waiting to be devoured.
Displayed on traditional cake-stands and trays was everything you would hope and expect to find in an afternoon tea; from freshly-baked scones, Bakewell tart and Victoria sponge cake, to minature cheese and bacon quiches and buttery crumpets topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese – it was an offering as vast as it was charming and decadent.
Dotted temptingly about the candle-laden table were perfectly formed bite-size lemon drizzle cakes, glasses filled with rich chocolate mousse, beneath which a layer of tangy orange jelly lay waiting to be discovered, and stacks of delicate finger sandwiches filled with creamy egg mayo and cress, and cured ham with mustard and Cheddar. Also on offer was a selection of fragrant loose-leaf teas from London-based stockist Jing, and an offering of gin and hibiscus flower cocktails courtesy of Sipsmith – one of the finest UK distilleries.
Clear from the moment we arrived was the excellent quality of everything on offer. Each element was not only beautifully presented, delicious and extremely well-executed, but made you feel warm and comforted when you tasted it – one of the most important achievements for any afternoon tea. The cakes were perfectly baked with just the right sweetness, and the scones – one of the trickiest components to get right – were soft and fluffy with a perfect crumb. The teas and cocktails were also very well thought out, making two very light and refreshing accompaniaments for the food, sweet and savoury alike.
It’s not often that my husband and I venture out of east London into the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge, but now that we’ve sampled The Capital’s exceptional, and I might add, very reasonably priced afternoon tea, offered at just £29.50 per head (or £39.50 per head with a glass of Champagne), we will certainly be visiting again soon for second helpings.