This summer afternoon tea goers in London are in for a real treat at The Dorchester. And yes, I mean that wholeheartedly. Last week I had a special preview of what’s coming next month for the special summer tea at The Dorcester and if I had been wearing socks, consider them officially knocked off. When I was told they were including ice cream in the mix, that was exciting enough. Actually being their to try the ice cream (I indulged in all four flavour choices), was quite another thing entirely. For those of you that have taken tea at the Dorchester before, you’ll know this is a classic venue for a very posh experience with afternoon tea. It has all the pomp and circumstance you would expect from such an activity, but with the added enjoyment of staff that aim to deliver above and beyond the call of duty. And now, they have ice cream…
Now I’ll just say that the afternoon tea itself has not changed a bit. The beautiful sandwiches still arrive, and keep arriving until you beg for mercy. The scones and cakes land on your table fresh from the kitchen and ready to help in bringing you to a sugar high of epic proportions. And the champagne somehow helps in making you think your stomach can handle all of this at once. It’s not like we all take afternoon tea daily, right? A little indulgence here and there is healthy. For summer, however, you may want to leave a little room at the end of your afternoon tea for the ice cream collection. When the scones have seen their share of clotted cream and strawberry jam and just after the last cake has disappeared from the cake stand, a magical man arrives on the scene carrying a platter of miniature ice cream cones. There are surprises to be discovered here, so I won’t ruin it for you. I’ll just say the flavours are original and delicious and you’ll wish you had been blessed with supersize eating abilities.
Put this on "what to do in London this summer" list.
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Fashion Foie Gras was a guest of The Dorchester for Tea.