The birth of Princess Charlotte caused royal baby fever around the world and just like every cupcake baker and plate maker, hotels were prepped and ready to get in on the action too.
The Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea at The Park Lane Hotel has been flying off the shelves since it was introduced a couple of months ago and the weekend after Charlotte was born I dropped by to check it out.
Firstly, how cute is the nappy napkin?! Excellent first impression, such a smart and simple touch.
We started with a glass of champagne and then along came the Baby Love mocktail, a delicious blend of Greek yoghurt, banana, honey, peanut butter and milk. It’s a drink high in Omega 3, protein and potassium, perfect for expectant mothers. It was kind of more of a smoothie than a cocktail but potato potahto. It was yum.
Good thinking, huh? This afternoon tea isn’t just a pretty face.
Then out came the tea. In one word, adorable.
These beauties are the finger sandwiches, consisting of roast Scottish Salmon on basil bread served with lemon and dill yoghurt, poached chicken, raisin, red onion and tarragon mayonnaise on saffron bread, beetroot bread with honey roast gammon, apple chutney and watercress, followed by golden cross goats cheese on a white fig panini with hazelnut chocolate. Not forgetting the green pea panna cotta with asparagus and pea shoots. And what’s even cooler about these is that they have extra benefits for women who are pregnant. For example, salmon is a rich source of Omega 3 which promotes neurological and visual development while also being a healthy source of protein and vitamin B. Such smarty pants.
There are plain and raisin ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ scones which come with clotted cream and two types of jam – banana and caramel, and apple and blackberry. Heaven.
And now, the piece de resistance. The pastries.
Don’t you just LOVE? The ABC learning block is a colourful sticky apricot cake served with orange mousse, while the pram is hazelnut, flaxseed and polenta cake served with macaroon wheels. So cute. Not forgetting the pink grapefruit and white chocolate mousse soother and, my favourite, the vanilla milk panna cotta milk bottle. Again, like the mocktail and the sandwiches, all of these have pregnancy benefits such as the pram which contains folic acid to aid cellular growth and regeneration while the flaxseeds provide a high source of Omega 3, fatty acids and fibre. Genius.
It’s so refreshing to see something that’s been done to death taking a new and creative form. Created by The Park Lane Hotel’s award-winning Pastry Chef Sarah Hartnett, this girl is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
There was a lot of cream involved which I began to find quite heavy come the end of the tea but other than that no complaints here, and that’s not so much a complaint as an observation.
Mid-meal I caught up with mixologist David Lawlor who created the Baby Love mocktail and he told me there’s a new 1920s bar opening at the hotel soon which he’ll be moving department to manage, so if you’re in the area be sure to support it when it opens. He knows his stuff and the 1920s is my favourite era so I’ll be there hotfoot.
The Palm Court was the perfect backdrop to such a British occasion and the folks at The Park Lane Hotel are such a creative bunch that every time I’ve visited I’ve been surprised at the what is put down in front of me. I really can’t wait to see what the team comes up with next.
(I was a guest of The Park Lane Hotel)