REVIEW: Bridal Afternoon Tea @ The Arch, Marble Arch
WHAT? Afternoon tea for the blushing bride-to-be, in a sassy Marble Arch hotel.
WHY GO? This five star boutique hotel is an excellent stop off to have up your sleeve after a long day shopping in Marylebone or Marble Arch, everything done with careful attention to detail and a subdued, stylish feel. Ideal for a small group getting together to celebrate an engagement, the curtained round tables add a relaxed air of privacy – and a gorgeous hand-made tea is just the thing to restore and revive everyone as they talk dresses and DJs.
Elegantly mismatched Wedgwood china sits pretty on white tablecloths, and a selection of pretty pastel cakes and inventive savoury bites is placed in the middle. Start with chicken liver parfait with spiced fig chutney, ham and piccallili sandwiches, beef with crispy onion and horseradish and handmade Stilton cheese straws, before moving on to the sweets.
Vanilla buttermilk cupcakes, chocolate orange sponge and raspberry and champagne jelly with pistachio nuts are all delicious, but of course, save room for freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam. For us, the stand-out treat was seasonal strawberries dipped in white chocolate – fresh and full of flavour.
WHERE? Tucked away in luxurious Georgian townhouse hotel The Arch London, near Marylebone. The tea can be held in a private room for larger parties, or a curtained private booth in the hotel’s classy Hunter 486 restaurant.
HOW MUCH? £25 per person, with the option to upgrade and add a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve for £38 per person.