A Spook-tacular Halloween Afternoon Tea At Lancaster London
Boo! (as in the ‘scary boo’ and not the ‘yucky boo’). We love a fab-themed afternoon tea at Cake Masters so when we were invited to preview Lancaster London’s Halloween Afternoon Tea, we got our pointy witch hats ready.
I actually didn’t know quite what to expect, but on arrival at the hotel’s afternoon tea lounge area, the Halloween music was already playing and the spiders and cobwebs beckoned me. The first thing that caught my eye was the film style acetate see-through menu, which detailed the mainly black and white delectations:
– Smoked halibut, white cream cheese & black caviar on pumpernickel
– Axe-carved bresaola beef, horseradish, charcoal shell
– Massacred egg, curried mayonnaise
– Cucumber, cracked black pepper & tapenade in white coffins
– Sushi roll, blackened seaweed & crab
– Pitch black pudding scotch egg
– Cursed blackbird macaron, orange & white chocolate
– Psycho marbled lollipops
– Black Sunday Battenberg
– Night of the living tart
– Haunted black forest mousse
– Coconut scones, dark chocolate scones, and plain scones served with homemade blackberry jam & blood clotted cream
I was so engrossed with the menu that I still hadn’t put two and two together; this was an afternoon tea themed not only for Halloween, but also a full AT inspired by 1960’s classic horror movies! How cool is that? Built in 1967, Lancaster London is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50th birthday. Re-launching in September 2017 following a mega £80million renovation – or re-‘vamp’ – the hotel is ‘thrilled’ to announce the hair-raising Halloween Afternoon Tea, available from 17th-31st October 2017.
The presentation of this AT is a show in itself. The entire menu, except the scones course which is freshly baked and served warm, is displayed on a fab movie film clear glass serving platter. Our waitress then poured water over a bowl of dry ice and voila! Instant creepy Halloween vibes and such a mesmerising WOW! moment. It really is a visual treat, the ‘fog’ rolling over all of the black and white goodies.
My favourites were the pitch black pudding scotch egg and the beef in the charcoal shell – really delicious. Everything was mini/bite-sized which really made the whole experience fun! You can wash down these ghoulish delights with a selection of fine teas, including my fave, Sapphire Earl Grey.
You can also enter a competition, Lancaster London invites you to embrace your inner Hitchcock and capture a chilling photograph of the Halloween Afternoon Tea. To enter, all photos must be in black and white and use the hashtag #WeAlwaysScare to win a complimentary Christmas Afternoon Tea.
The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm until 5.30pm.
Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit: www.royallancaster.com
Read more about our exciting afternoon tea adventures here!