Cheese Afternoon Tea and more at the Georgian House Hotel, Pimlico:
I am definitely someone with a sweet tooth. And, I love a good afternoon tea, particularly the refined, dainty sort served in London’s top hotels. But, every so often something different comes along which sounds just perfect. A cheese afternoon tea. Wouldn’t you be curious?
Invited to preview the new offering from the Georgian House Hotel, I went along to find out more. The tea launches on July 22nd and we were being given an exclusive look at what you could be enjoying in a week or so. The table was set with drinks pairings and we were given a short introduction covering the choices.
There are three pairings, for each stage of tea. A White Pinot Noir (which has a distinct pink blush from the red grape skins), Cider from Sussex and Hattingly Valley Dessert Wine. There’s also a short but well-balanced tea menu if you prefer not to drink alcohol.
The tea started with a plate of savoury treats. I particularly enjoyed the burrata with tomato and pesto bruschetta which was a delicious mixture of soft creamy burrata brought to life with fresh tomato and a little pesto. The burrata comes from La Latteria, a London based company that produces fresh Italian style cheeses using British produce.
The Welsh rarebit was a delicious savoury mouthful, though I am not sure if it was intended to be served warm. Certainly by the time we finished taking pictures it wasn’t. Little Sussex cheese with ‘njuda and roasted pepper on an open sandwich wasn’t quite enough ‘njuda for me, but then I do like spicy food. The little Sussex cheese comes from the High Weald Dairy, an award winning cheese dairy in West Sussex which makes a range of cow’s, sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses. They also supplied the Ashdown Forester’s Smoked Cheddar for the Welsh Rarebit and the Brighton Blue which we enjoyed later in the tea.
Next a plate of Sussex charmer cheddar and thyme scones with apple and cheese board chutney. I loved the cheese and apple on the plate but found the scones a little dry for my own taste.
These made a good pairing with the Silly Moo Cider – which is, apparently, so named because the cows have a bad habit of getting a bit drunk on the fermenting apple pomace left behind as part of the cider making process.
Our sweet plate looked stunning
I was particularly impressed with the light as a feather Abergavenny goat’s cheese mousse, blueberry and basil tart.
No soggy bottoms there!
And, I loved the little ice-cream cones filled with mascarpone cheesecake and red berries, although we all felt they needed to be filled right at the last moment for the perfect cone.
Ricotta whiskey soaked apricots with toasted almonds and honey were delicious – and the sort of thing I’d enjoy as a summer dessert. I may well steal Head Chef Fern’s idea…
The curiously named Drunk Cheese Gugu Blu with walnuts, figs and Scottish oatcake was just a little too overpowering for me. I’ve actually tasted some of the drunk cheese range before but here, with the sweet selection it just didn’t quite work for me. Maybe less would have been more – there was a lot of the soft cheese topping.
All in though, a great idea for an afternoon tea and at £35 (without the alcohol pairings) it is reasonable value for money. The drinks will set you back an additional £15 which, in my view, is well worth it. I’d like to stay there too – in the basement they have Harry Potter themed Wizard chambers, while the rest of the hotel offers individual rooms with boutique style.
Afternoon tea is served from 14.30 to 17.00 Monday to Sunday
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Georgian House Hotel
35 – 39 St Georges Drive,
London, SW1V 4DG
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 834 1438