I love an afternoon tea so when me and my friend Hannah had the chance to check out one of the hottest afternoon teas around in London, we knew we had to get booked in.
A short walk from either Gloucester Road or South Kensington, sits The Gore Hotel. With its already vibrant flair, The Gore Hotel has always had a very special connection with Rock & Roll. Fun fact: The Rolling Stones picked the hotel for the launch party of one of their albums, ‘Beggars Banquet’ in 1968.
The inside of the restaurant is glam with plush seating, dark decor and amazing chandeliers giving it a rock & roll vibe.
This year was the turn of Pink Floyd. The restaurant inside the hotel have collaborated with the V&A to create a special afternoon tea celebrating the V&A’s ‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’ that runs until 10th October 2017. The 2 have paired up to introduce a glamorous afternoon tea which celebrates the music icons with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Along with the afternoon tea, you also get a golden ticket to the exhibition round the corner. Diners get to live the emotion of an unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut album to the present day.
To get started, we were each given a glass of champagne which was crisp and cold – perfect with the 29 degree weather outside.
Once at the table, I loved the music memorabilia displayed on the table such as the mini classic guitars and vinyl record coasters. The plates and cups were of fine china and gave the room that special touch.
First course was a selection of delicious finger sandwiches. There was a mixture of fresh smoked salmon and cream cheese that just melted in the mouth, the classic cucumber with yoghurt, a cheese and tomato finger one with creamy cheese and your traditional ham and mustard mayonnaise finger. Each sandwich was the perfect size and bite to start the afternoon tea with.
For tea, we were excited to try out the amazing-sounding rock & roll flavours available. I went for the Dame Neille Melba which captured the flavours of summer with a sweet and aromatic taste of ripe peaches infused with green tea to create a delicious yet delicate taste. I could have had that tea all day long.
My friend Hannah went for the afternoon tea, also known a the ‘High Noon’ tea which had a lovely aromatic flowery taste of blended Darjeeling and Ceylon leaves. It definitely complemented the scones which were coming up soon.
The scones arrived accompanied with a trio of jam choices and fresh clotted cream. The freshly baked cranberry scones were soft and melted in the mouth. With the perfectly smooth clotted cream and jam, it was the perfect treat with the delicious infused teas.
When the cakes arrived, we were greeted by a large selection of beautifully designed pastries. The waitress informed us that the delights were inspired by some of the most famous Pink Floyd album covers such as ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ – a chocolate mousse dome, ‘Animals’ – which features the Battersea Power Station in the form of a carrot cake and the most famous ‘The Wall’ – a lemon sponge cake with jelly and marshmallow bricks.
The cakes were very pleasing to the eye and you could see that the chef had been working hard to sculpture some of the chocolate works. We started with the traditional chocolate macaron which was chewy in the middle and filled with a lovely rich chocolate ganache. Next was the lemon and chocolate drop which was soft, full of flavour and rich in texture. Next we went for The Wall – a moist and perfectly shaped carrot cake with a thin lemon icing on top.
Whilst sipping our tea, we took a breather to listen to some Pink Floyd in the background. Next we tucked into the Battersea Power station which was a white ganache chocolate tube that sat on top of a vanilla sponge. Our final and last sweet pastry of the day was the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ cake which was a pyramid-shaped chocolate mousse dome with rainbow icing made from sugar. Definitely a feast for chocolate lovers. We loved the sizes and amounts of pastries available – and managed to finish it all!
Before we made our way to the exhibition, we were handed a Crazy Diamond Cocktail – part of the afternoon tea. The cocktail was a light and refreshing medley of sloe gin, grapefruit liquor, lemon, sugar and Taittinger rosé garnished with some lingonberries for decor.
This afternoon tea is a special one. Mixing music and food is always a great way to catch up with friends. If you are a Pink Floyd fan – this is definitely not something to miss. Hurry up and book your tickets before October!
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190 Queens Gate (Gore Hotel), Kensington, London, SW7 5EX