From an elegant afternoon tea to a comforting lunch, there are plenty of autumnal treats on the menus at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
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Afternoon tea delicacies
Afternoon tea is indisputably one of the great British traditions, an opportunity to indulge in a mid-afternoon selection of sandwiches, cakes and teas, all served in the most refined of surroundings. These surroundings don't come more refined than stylish tea room The Rosebery Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. As the lounge undergoes a soft refurbishment, however, guests will have the unique chance to take afternoon tea with gorgeous views over Hyde Park from The Loggia.
A table spread for tea at the Rosebery Lounge
The high-ceilinged Loggia is flooded by natural daylight, accentuating its elegant colour scheme, while the tranquil royal parkland beyond the tall French doors is an ever-changing scene as its hues turn from autumn reds and golds to the crisp white frost of winter. It truly is the perfect setting to enjoy the quintessential British experience, with a menu to match.
Picture-perfect sandwiches include Cotswold egg and black truffle or Portland crab, but the cakes, arguably, are the real show-stealers. Choose from a breathtaking selection including a classic chocolate and vanilla Opera or macaron cranberry and orange mascarpone tart, but always always ensure that you leave room for the legendary scones. Here they are freshly baked with cranberry and golden raisins, accompanied by Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam, rose petal jelly and homemade lemon curd. Sublime.
French bistro-inspired Bar Boulud
For children, theres a special Winnie-the-Pooh-themed mini afternoon tea, celebrating the beloved AA Milne characters in the form of Muddy Piglet chocolate brownies, Pooh Bear Oreos and Tigger the Tiger macarons. What better way to spend an afternoon than tea followed by a walk in Hyde Park (your very own 100 Acre Woods).
The counter at Bar Boulud
But its not just tea and cakes on the menu. Bar Boulud launches a range of warming seasonal dishes as the temperatures start to fall. Daniel Boulud's only London restaurant brings French-inspired bistro dining with a New York twist, nowhere more so than in a stunning soup celebrating golden-hued squash. The burnt orange colours and pumpkin seed are unmistakably autumnal, while the black truffle-topped marshmallow crowning it celebrates a perfect marriage of ingredients from France and the US. This is seriously delicious comfort food, warming the soul as much as the body, the sweet pumpkin contrasting with the earthy hum of the Pirigord truffle.