Last week I met up with Fiona for afternoon tea at The Rosebery inside the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge. I’d been to the hotel a few times, either to Bar Boulud, the Mandarin Bar or their spa. But this was the first time I had visited The Rosebery itself.
From the corridor, the lights were the first to impact on me and walking inside I was struck by the huge sense of space. The tall windows and the unfussy furniture gives The Rosebery’s rooms a sense of comfort and style to relax in.
Fiona and I were, in our general fashion, the first to arrive. This makes it great for us to take photos and to soak up the feeling of the place before it fills up, which The Rosebery did. By the time we left, there were friends, families and men in suits enjoying afternoon tea or some other wonderful treat from The Rosebery’s menu.
As for Fiona and I, we were here for the afternoon tea which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Afternoon tea is served with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. Or you could have either a glass of Ruinart Rosé or Krug Grande Cuvée if you prefer.
The selection of homemade pastries included an amber pyramid with floral essence, a meringue basket with berry cremeux, lilac macaron with chocolate ganache and violet petals, choux éclair with mint and coconut filling, and a white chocolate dome with jasmine.
The sandwiches were a real delight too. The bread was wonderfully light and the fillings so delicate yet tasty. I hadn’t had any lunch by the time I arrived so I enjoyed two servings of sandwiches which I had no problem doing so. These sandwiches were testament to how difficult it is to get it completely right. Sandwiches are a staple, they’re everywhere, so just like coffee it’s easy to just consume something for the sake of it. But when you do come across some that are this good, it really feels like a treat.
The fillings on this plate included slow roasted organic chicken and buttered corn, smoked salmon tartar with crème fraîche and dill, Cotswold egg and mustard cress, cucumber and cream cheese, Portland crab and crayfish fondue on brioche and Wiltshire cured ham and heritage tomatoes. A great selection.
The tea I chose was an apricot white tea, which was divine both in taste and aroma.
When it comes to afternoon tea the experience is made up of the setting as well as the food and drink. And when it comes to The Rosebery, I think they excel in both in spades. I wholly recommend a visit.Fiona and I were treated to complimentary afternoon tea for the purpose of this review and I would happily return as a customer.
The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7L.