A few weeks ago, my friend Silvia held her baby shower at The Roseberry Mandarin Hotel with a group of our closest girlfriends. I have to say, there are few settings more perfect for a baby shower in London than afternoon tea at a beautiful hotel.
The tearoom of The Roseberry was absolutely stunning, filled with natural light and decorated with accents of marble and elegant furniture. The white walls, mirrored panels, and huge windows that look down onto Brompton Road create such a relaxing, harmonious atmosphere. I felt like I had stepped foot into a garden on a sunny, summer day!
For teatime, the hotel offers a wide range of black, green, and herbal infusions including three unique blends created especially for the Mandarin Hotel by the East India Tea Company. If you crave something a little bubblier, there is of course an abundance of champagne. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Ruinart Rose, and Krug Grande Curvée are all served in stunning etched glasses designed by John Jenkins just for The Roseberry.
As for the food, everything tastes even better than it looks. The sandwiches are shaped in circles and filled with all kinds of delicacies, from crayfish fondue and heritage tomato to smoked salmon tartar and slow roasted organic chicken. The bread is so light and moist, while the fillings delicate and tasty. Scones, the most quintessential of English tea treats, are served with everything imaginable, from lemon card to clotted cream and rose jelly. It’s a little tough to make a decision as all the choices are delicious, but all the more reason for future tea dates!
If you have a sweet tooth, there are several ladylike options to choose from. Dundee cakes, chocolate truffles with fluffy ganache, pink and lilac macaroons, and green tea or choux éclairs with mint and coconut fillings are just some of the delicacies served on the Roseberry China Collection dishes. Designed by William Edwards, they feature butterflies and birds to reinforce the natural, garden-like theme of the room.
Everything at The Roseberry screams luxury and good taste, quite literally. The attention to the detail paid both to the food and the atmosphere is truly extraordinary, and makes for the absolute best place in London to indulge in the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.
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