Gentleman's Afternoon Tea | Father's Day

Posted on June 05, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

I have a lot of books on tea and entertaining and I do mean A LOT. Sergiy can definitely attest to that. What 's rare to find in any of my Afternoon Tea books (written in the US) are man-centric teas. I'm sure the last thing my brother or dad is going to want come next Sunday is a froufrou kind of tea party that includes any of these things: ornate flower teapots, pastel colored desserts in cute shapes, or doilies of any kind. No dainty, delicate tea sandwiches for these two. My guys also wouldn't relate to the whole "tie", "golf", "fishing", "hunting" themed gifts that are out there. Sorry, but I feel bad that dads get stereotyped like this. I mean, can't they make a card where the dad likes to shop for electronics/gadgets, hip clothes, or jets off on a plane to some exotic destination? But, that's just them. So, I decided to look to the UK again for inspiration and I am so glad that I did.

My dad is a HUGE James Bond fan and I suppose that's where my brother inherited his love for James Bond as well.

Dad & my brother, Mike

Mike & Clarissa


I also want to give a shout to my best friend, Vaughn, who lives in Hawai'i. Vaughn and I met the first day at Cornell. He lived on my dormitory floor. Now, I spend loads of time with him and his amazing family whenever I go back to Hawai'i which (thankfully) is often!

Also thinking of all my friends, my uncles and my cousins that are fathers in Japan. Also remembering my grandpa Ryunn, grandpa Frank and papa Ramon.

Also want to wish Karina's dad a very Happy Father's Day! We are both so fortunate and blessed to have amazingly generous, kind, reliable and good humored fathers.

Now onto the tea and food...

Gentleman's Afternoon Tea at Aston Restaurant on Tottenham Court Road

"A selection of hand made filled crusty bloomer sandwiches, Mini Fish and chips with mushy peas, lamb kebabs and Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and onion gravy. And no afternoon tea is complete without freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves. Add a pint of lager or sip on a classic Aston martini which will take you back in time to celebrate the location where the Aston Martin’s club was founded."

The Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards says it's afternoon tea is getting a macho makeover this Father's Day. You can either "treat dad this Father’s Day at The Royal Horseguards’ relaxing lounge or the stylish Equus bar – a backdrop designed specifically with the modern gent in mind."

The menu includes a selection of savory bites such as a Beef and Meantime Ale pie, Mini fish and chips with pea puree, Smoked bacon and cheddar savory muffin and Casterbridge steak sandwich.
Not a cute cupcake in sight, the selection of sweet treats includes macho, man-sized cupcakes in whiskey and walnut & chocolate & chill flavors, "manly" macaroons and a chocolate tool kit. You'll still get the freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserves, but you're encouraged to wash it all down with a Butch Builder’s tea or one of the five-star hotel’s award winning tea leaf blends. 
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This manly menu has been created exclusively by the hotel’s talented pastry chef, Joanne Todd, and will be available between June 10th through June 16th, priced at £35 per person. You also have the option of upgrading the Father’s Day afternoon tea to include a Habanos Cuban Cigar and a signature gentleman’s cocktail from the Equus bar for an additional £25.
Chapters Brasserie Blackheath
Here's the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea Service menu from last year's Father's Day event at the Chapters Brasserie in Blackheath.  A bottle of Greenwich meantime beer, Salt beef on toasted rye with mustard mayonnaise and pickles, Champagne glazed oysters, Venison Bresoala with toasted sour dough, Mini Chapters beef burger, Warm duck croquants with plum chutney, Deep-fried herring melts with garlic and parsley croutons, Warm chocolate brownies, and Treacle Tart.
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Ideas from other Gentleman Tea menus:
Sanctum Soho Hotel London
Poached oysters with Bloody Mary relish, roast beef with horseradish-stuffed Yorkshire pudding and a tankard of Jack Daniel’s
Prism Brasserie
Salt beef sandwiches with mustard and scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs packed in sausage and then deep-fried) served with piccalilli and Einstök (an Icelandic dark beer)
The Swan
Berkshire bangers and smoked-bacon macaroni and cheese with a bottle of London Pride ale, chocolate brownies with 
brandy cream


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