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Lumiere: Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents your dinner.
The Beauty and the Beast themed Afternoon Tea at The Kensington, called ‘Tale as Old as Time’ is inspired by the “Be our Guest” scene in the story and is a French twist on the classic afternoon tea. It has been one of the best selling themed afternoon teas and I first experienced it in June last year and it has been sold out almost every month.
I was pleased to be invited to enjoy it again and arrived to a gorgeously decorated long table laid out in the private dining room at The Town House at The Kensington adorned with red rose petals, Mrs. Potts and Chip Potts dishware, and Beauty and The Beast memorabilia such as Lumiere and Cogsworth figurines and a symbolic enchanted rose. It was a lovely mix of bloggers present for the tea and each of us had a Speculoos cookie gifted to us that was shaped as Belle’s dress which we took home and indulged on later.
Our champagne flutes were promptly filled with refreshing and crisp Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blancs champagne whilst we chatted and anticipated the savoury courses to arrive.
The delicious sandwich selection included a potted Argyle smoked salmon & creme fraiche, roast Devon red chicken with cranberry, cucumber & cream cheese, and egg mayonnaise & cress.
There were also a variety of savoury treats to enjoy such as a bite-sized venison pie, cheese souffle with roscoff onion pissaladiere, and a beef ragu & saffron arancini served with Lemon Creme Fraiche. My favourite was the cheese souffle as it was divine.
On the super cute 3 tiered stand there was an adorable range of cakes and pastries inspired by the Disney film and included a Vanilla and Gold Jelly (clear with a rose petal in, to emulate the rose in the bell jar) served with double cream poured from Mrs Potts herself. There was also a chocolate Tart in the shape of Cogsworth, a White Chocolate Mousse topped with ‘Grey Stuff’ (which was cake frosting) inside a Chip teacup and a Spiced Snowball Macaroon with Coconut and Chocolate. I was cheeky and actually had two of the “Grey stuff’ as it was sublime!
As an alternative to scones, we were presented with Marie’s Sweet Brioche Baguette with apricot preserve and a chocolate pot, which is a nod to to the local baker from Belle’s hometown in the film. Although I am a hardcore scone fan, I didn’t mind these on this occasion and they were delicious.
It is one of the cutest afternoon teas around and if you can get a booking it is definitely one to do. It is great one to bring children to as its so adorable and we saw some really cute little girls dressed up as Belle enjoying it with their family.
It costs £42 per person or £54.50 with a glass of Champagne.