I do love a good afternoon tea.
I’m also a massive sucker for grand, luxurious London hotels, so when The Kensington invited me to try their gluten free afternoon tea, I couldn’t resist!
The Kensington is gorgeous, with a lovely atmosphere – the dining room complete with a roaring fire. It was unbelievably cosy, and very welcome with all of this changeable weather at the moment!
The gluten free option started off with a red pepper hummus feta on grilled gluten free flat bread and a fresh Superfood salad with red chicory leaf. The gluten free option is described as being a ‘lighter’ option but there’s really nothing light about it – it’s all incredibly rich and delicious!
I prefer savoury over sweet, and I loved the sandwiches: Dorset crab & avocado with lemon purée; Wiltshire ham & tarragon mustard with pea shoots; Braised salt beef with English mustard & cornichons and Cucumber & cream cheese on white bread with baby watercress. The ham sandwich was a definite favourite.
The sweet offerings were also incredible: carrot & walnut cake with a cucumber & cream cheese icing; vanilla & raspberry macaron; dark chocolate & cherry pannacotta with sea salt caramel and date & almond balls, dipped in chocolate & grated coconut and pâte de fruit. I went for the scones with clotted cream and jam first (they are always much better fresh) and was given a cute box to take the rest home in – there was so much to choose from!
Afternoon tea at The Kensington felt like such a treat – and just what I needed after a stressful few weeks at work. The service was impeccable, and the food was divine – what you’d expect from Steven Gibbs, who was previously at Hix and The Ivy.
If you book afternoon tea at The Kensington, you also might be able to get free tickets to Botticelli Reimagined, the latest exhibition at the V&A!