This fall, Mr. King and I were glad to be back at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, and we were delighted with the elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea at The Rosebery. It was a pleasant surprise since this tea room was not present during our previous stay in 2011.
Named after Lord Rosebery, The Rosebery was once a fashionable tea room in the early 1920s. Earlier in Spring 2014, The Rosebery was reintroduced.
Mr. King & I both found the décor to be a harmonious blend of Victorian interiors and contemporary furnishings. Even the soft grey walls with white mouldings match the waiters’ grey uniforms designed by young British designer, Charlotte Taylor.
The pastries were delivered on a 2-tier cake tray that hangs on an iron tree. It reminds me of a stand for birdcages. How lovely!
The Rosebery Tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked Sultana and plain scones and hand-made pastries.
Tea sandwiches comprises: slow roasted organic chicken & buttered corn, smoked salmon tartar with crème fraiche & dill, Cotswold egg & mustard cress, cucumber, cream cheese & pea shoots, Portland crab & crayfish fondue on brioche and Wiltshire cured ham & heritage tomatoes.
Pastries include: green tea éclair, milk chocolate passion fruit tart, raspberry and yuzu macaron, peach & hazelnut chiboust and wild strawberry delice.
Every aspect of this afternoon tea was thoughtfully planned. The Rosebery China Collection designed by William Edwards, with a dragonfly, bird and butterfly motives, is simply exquisite.
And they certainly didn’t forget about the little people by offering – The Rosebery Mini Tea for Little Ladies & Gentlemen.
For more info, www.mandarinoriental.com/london/fine-dining/the-rosebery/
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All photos were taken by Mrs. King.