We'll find any excuse to have afternoon tea. What we love even more is finding inspiration in our every day life for tea parties. For you tennis lovers out there, tis the season! We've got Wimbledon coming up and here are a few places in the UK that are really doing it up by jazzing up their Afternoon Tea menus. We have to say that they all look magnificent. Wish we could experience them all in person. Not to worry - we're grabbing our racquets and getting in the spirit from NYC!
Wimbledon, the world's most famous tennis tournament will be celebrated at The Promenade at The Dorchester. The Dorchester is quickly becoming one of my favorite hotels! They have a wide selection of Afternoon Tea menus, all with a unique twist and theme. This summer you can celebrate the tennis lover in you by enjoying afternoon tea with Champagne, tennis inspired cakes and pastries, and strawberries & cream (a Wimbledon staple). Did you know that 61,000 lbs of strawberries and 1,800 gallons of cream were consumed at the tournament last year?! We didn't either!
Park Terrace presents a Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, featuring Murray’s mint macaroons and Chocolate blueberry roulade to get everyone in the spirit. The menu also includes assorted freshly prepared finger sandwiches, freshly baked raisin and cinnamon scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves, Chocolate and Coffee Fudge Cake, Fresh Fruit Tartlets, Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake, Pimm's Jelly and Lemon Posset, and an organic loose leaf tea selection.
(Photo credit; the best image I could find on line. I apologize that it's so small.)
When I saw the image below on the Corinthia's web site, I almost, and I do mean almost, booked a flight to London on the spot.
Tea is served in The Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a magnificent Baccarat Chandelier that boasts 1,001 crystal baubles. We can't think of a more elegant setting. Couple this with a selection of sweets and savories inspired by summer and tennis, and you'll be in the "game, set, match" spirit in no time! The Corinthia will be serving Pimms Jelly in a lovely little glass - aptly named "A Sip of Summer" - as well as a delicately crafted chocolate tennis racquet, and a selection of finger sandwiches and scones.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Last year The Royal Horseguards Hotel served an impressive tennis inspired Afternoon Tea menu which included tennis ball truffles, tennis racquet cupcakes, a specialty strawberries and cream blend, almond and rose macarons, the usual finger sandwiches, muffins, warm scones with jam and cream...and Chilled Press Raspberries and Pimms.
Have your own tennis-themed tea party at home. Click here for the tennis ball truffle recipe in three different flavors: Mint, Champagne, and strawberry.
If the photos above have wetted your tennis inspired tea party appetite, not to worry! The US Open is not far behind.