Afternoon tea with a Middle Eastern twist: High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London

WHEN you think of afternoon tea, the image of scones, tea and sandwiches comes to mind as it’s a dainty British traditional that acts as a mini meal between lunch and dinner. Despite the charm of this little treat, I’ve always found them rather unsatisfying as I’m not the biggest fan of sweet things and the small sandwiches always leave me hungry for more.

Unlike most London spots offering high tea, The Landmark London have introduced a special tea exclusive to the summer period that offers a Middle Eastern twist to their already iconic afternoon tea. The Landmark London’s new High Palms High Tea is perfect for people who want to try something new as it offers something closer to a main meal making it more of a foodie occasion whilst still enjoying the sophistication of going for afternoon tea.

The warm mezze main course

Portions are served in the style of a three-course meal and guests can sit and enjoy their food while soaking in the scenery of the luxury hotel. Whilst sitting in the bright conservatory of the hotel’s famous Winter Garden I enjoy a glass of rose champagne and soak up the surroundings of overlooking palm trees which convince me I’m somewhere much further and exotic from London.

For starters a selection of finger sandwiches make their way to the table, much like a regular afternoon tea however, their lavish fillings trump most classic sandwich fillings with lobster and prawn cocktail taking the crown and pimento hummus and chargrilled courgette putting cucumber and cheese to shame.

As I wait in anticipation for the warm mezze main course I opt for a lemon iced tea dismissing the classic hot teas on the menu. Their selection of flavoured iced teas deliver a refreshing palate cleanser as well as being a great alternative to alcohol. The freshness of the iced tea is a much more suitable choice in these warmer summer months and make a more exciting treat than a cup of tea.

The main course offers the a tender lamb kibbeh, a popular dish across both the Levant and the Middle East and lighter dishes of feta and spinach quiche, salad and couscous are great choices for vegetarians.

A selection of the available desserts

Dessert is highlight for anyone with a sweet tooth as cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding and strawberry and a mint tartlet are on offer. As a self confessed savoury lover I was pleasantly surprised by the passionfruit, mango and ginger cheesecake as its tart flavour had a mild kick from the ginger making it the perfect end to my tea.

by Katrina Mirpuri

The High Palms High Tea is available from until September 2. It will be served daily in the Winter Garden from 6 – 10pm.

It costs £55 per person inclusive of tea, and champagne is available at an additional charge.

Visit The Landmark London website for the menu and more information.

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