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For the Love of Tea

The Birthplace of Afternoon Tea, Palm Court, returns with new menu
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The Langham, London, the first hotel to ever serve Afternoon Tea in 1865, re-opens the Palm Court with a brand-new menu from Chef Michel Roux Jr. and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Gravett inspired by British biscuits, baked tarts, and the love of tea.

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The tradition of Afternoon Tea is embedded in British society, a national treasure that brings delight and a wonderful sense of occasion for all. Tea, whether it’s English breakfast, green tea or another flavour from one of Asia’s finest gardens is accompanied with a selection of some of the finest pastries, scones and savoury treats, it is something Britain has come to adore and diners all over the world appreciate.

At Palm Court it has always been a luxurious affair, and the new menu pays homage to some of the most familiar and classic tastes associated with tea. The selection of pastries are inspired by the humble beginnings of Britain’s favourite biscuits: Chocolate Digestive, Custard Cream, Fig Roll, Iced Gem and Bakewell Tart – all of which have been elegantly reimagined to elevate our favourite and quintessentially British flavours. Together with the traditional warm scones, homemade preserves and finger sandwiches, Palm Court’s Afternoon Tea will be served alongside a JING tea trolley offering a range of 20 single origin and garden teas selected from Asia’s best tea regions. One of which has become Palm Court’s signature tea, the Dragon Well Organic Supreme from Zhejiang, China. The JING teas have been chosen by Palm Court’s tea sommeliers not only for their premium quality but also for their business philosophy. JING has made traceability a priority meaning that one can see the origin and garden name of every tea. All of the JING associated gardens are audited in accordance with standards set out by the Ethical Tea Partnership, which exists to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment.

A new addition to the Afternoon Tea will also see a pairing of the award-winning English sparkling grape from Gusborne, further heightening the experience of British flavours and celebrating the fantastic grape now produced in the UK.

Palm Court reopened on Thursday, 1st October and serves Afternoon Tea Thursday to Sunday with three sitting times to allow for social distancing measures: 1st sitting - 12:30/12:45/13:00, 2nd sitting - 14:00/14;45/15:00, 3rd sitting - 16:30/16:45/17:00/17:30. Afternoon Tea is priced at £62 per person including a complimentary glass of Gurbourne English sparkling grape.

Bookings are essential and Palm Court will operate a reservations policy for tables of six people maximum in accordance with the government guidelines, while the team will be on hand to monitor the flow of people coming in to dine and socialise responsibly. Reserve online.

As of July, The Langham, London safely returned to being the hotel that is an intrinsic part of the local community; steady, reliable and a comforting haven in the ever transient world that we live in. The Langham, London has been and still is a place where generations of families are able to continue on the tradition of bringing their loved ones each year to celebrate special occasions and know that the doors will always be open.

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