FOOD & DRINK

What’s a good place to take afternoon tea in London?

Mirror Room at Rosewood Hotel is up there with the best

The Rosewood’s Mirror Room has twice been voted best for Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK (2017 and 2018) and the hotel is not one to rest on its laurels.

Now executive pastry chef Mark Perkins has devised a collection of three pastries inspired by the Van Gogh exhibition at the Tate Modern.

The tea comprises three courses and, in addition to the pastries, there will be traditional finger sandwiches plus, of course, tea! For a supplement, you can add Champagne.

Among the pastries is a tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series of 12 paintings. One of them was sold for a then world record $39.85m (about £30m) in 1989. The Sunflowers pastry is a lemon and olive oil cake; the Almond Blossoms one consists of a peach and apricot compote, a jasmine vanilla bavarois (milk thickened with eggs and gelatin into which whipped cream is folded) and a light blue glaze with blossom branches. Both are pictured here.

Completing the pastries line-up is Starry Night, a matcha sponge with a coconut cheesecake covered with a blue and white glaze to mimic the painting’s swirling clouds.

The Rosewood is more than 100 years old. It was built in the same year World War I started. It is in High Holborn, not far from Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Prices for the tea start at £60 (add £10-£15 if Champagne is ordered). Note that different sums apply on Mother’s Day. If the Rosewood is not your cup of tea (glad to get that hoary old pun out of the way) consider visiting this website for a comprehensive list of other suggestions.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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