Monday, April 10

Beauty & The Beast Afternoon Tea | Town House at Kensington Hotel, London


Located in the heart of one of London's most most desirable neighbourhoods, Town House at The Kensington Hotel is located on the corner of two of London’s iconic thoroughfares, Queen’s Gate and the Old Brompton Road, and is spread across three classically designed drawing rooms, serving locally-sourced, seasonal modern British cuisine.

With open fires found in nearly all the hotel’s ground floor reception rooms, entering The Kensington feels rather like walking through the doors of a lovingly restored London mansion. The beautiful high ceilings and heritage décor make it feel extremely welcome.



To celebrate the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast film, Town House at The Kensington is offering a special Afternoon Tea with a twist. Named Tale as Old as Time, complete with Lumiere, Cogsworth (although he was too delicate for the table!), Mrs. Potts and Chip Potts dishware, it's a perfect treat for any Disney fan.


For starter, we had a variety of savoury delights to enjoy, including a hearty Bite-Sized Venison Pie, Cheese Soufflé with Roscoff Onion Pissaladiere, and a rich and delicious Beef Ragu & Saffron Arancini served with Lemon Crème Fraiche. They melted in my mouth. I could have had ten more. Absolutely delicious. We also opted for a glass of Champagne each, as Charlotte & I were celebrating our Disney Dining Reservation Day in preparation for our Walt Disney World Trip in September!


The various sweets and savouries featured are inspired by the characters and scenes of the film. Highlights include Vanilla & Gold Jelly, presented in shot glasses with the ever-symbolic rose petal immersed inside, served with cream poured from Mrs. Potts spout.

Other treats included a Spiced Snow Ball Macaroon; Coconut & Chocolate, referring of course to the classic scene featuring Belle and Beast’s playful snowball fight. Also available is a Chocolate Clock Tart; Chocolate Ganache, featuring an image of Cogsworth’s face. Taken from the song ‘Be Our Guest’, Town House’s ‘Try the Grey Stuff’ White Chocolate Mousse, was super sweet but certainly - delicious! (we didn't even have to ask the dishes, haha.)

As an alternative to scones for this Afternoon Tea, we had Marie’s Sweet Brioche Baguette with apricot preserve & chocolate pot, referring to the local baker from Belle’s hometown in the film. I have to admit, even with the jam/chocolate I found the Brioche dry, and normally prefer scones however, I did like this nod to the film. Clever!


 Full Menu:

Savouries 
Bite-size Venison Pie 
Beef Ragu & Saffron Arancini 
Lemon Crème Fraiche 
Cheese Soufflé 
Roscoff Onion Pissaladière 

Sweets 
Vanilla & Gold Jelly 
‘Try the Grey Stuff’ 
White Chocolate Mousse 
Chocolate Clock Tart 
Chocolate Ganache 
Spiced Snow Ball Macaron 
Coconut & Chocolate 
Speculoos Dress 
Marzipan 

A Selection of Sandwiches 
Potted Argyle Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche 
Roast Devon Red Chicken with Cranberry 
Cucumber & Cream Cheese 
Egg Mayonnaise & Cress 

Marie’s Sweet Brioche Baguette 
Apricot Preserve & Chocolate Pot

£35 per person or £45 with a glass of Champagne.


The Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea Menu will be available until end of November however, I believe it is currently sold out. You can however check the website for any cancellations and leave your email for details if this changes! I had an amazing afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed all elements of it. A real special treat.


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