This week my gorgeous Mum reached a birthday milestone and reached the ripe old age of 60. Keen to celebrate in style I got together with my Sister and a few other family members and we whisked her off to London for afternoon tea with a difference.
Set in The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, is where you’ll discover Prêt-à-Portea, an afternoon tea with a fashionable twist. First served in 2005, Prêt-à-Portea brings a creative twist to the more traditional English afternoon teas, with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs from the collections of the world’s top fashion designers such as Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana and Chanel.
Seen as though it was a special occasion we opted to upgrade from the standard Prêt-à-Portea, priced at £52, to the champagne Prêt-à-Portea, priced at £62. Included in this price is a glass of Laurent-Perrier, loose leaf and herbal infused teas, coffee, savoury canapes and sandwiches and 10 of the finest cakes and fancies you’ll ever taste.
To start we were served cold canapes, including a delicious beetroot shot, and sandwiches. There were a delicious mix of fillings, from the traditional egg and cress and smoked salmon with cream cheese to a brioche bun filled with salt beef and relish. I’m personally not a lover of smoked salmon but what’s great about this place is that they’ll happily provide you with a second helping of your favourite sandwiches to replace the ones you may not be so keen on.
Then came the star of the show – the cakes. Presented on a lovely 3 tier cake stand it was a sight to behold.
As mentioned, there were 10 different cakes on offer which were:
- Dolce and Gabbana’s duo of blackcurrant bavarois and star anise pannacotta, topped with chocolate owl dress design
- Jason Wu’s romantic cherry bavarois and coconut cream topped with playful pink skirt and biscuit heel
- Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi quintessential pointy toe stiletto ginger biscuit
- Burberry’s classic trench coat chocolate biscuit with creamy royal icing
- Charlotte Olympia’s dramatic cinnamon biscuit boot with black and red icing
- Simone Rocha’s ethereal embroidered tulle dress vanilla éclair filled with salted caramel crème patissière
- Nicholas Kirkwood’s pearl pump sachertorte layered with raspberry, chocolate ganache and Valrhona crémeux topped with delicate silver pearls
- Jimmy Choo’s glittery gala pointed-toe shoe velvet praline cream cake with hazelnut croquant and sweetheart bow
- Lanvin’s almond sponge, honeycomb and chocolate mousse draped with a light meringue ruffle
- Moschino’s blood orange Victoria sponge ‘yellow M’ handbag encased in red chocolate
I can honestly say that every single cake and biscuit was beautifully made, not just wonderful to look at but a real treat for the taste buds too. If I had to pick a favourite, which isn’t easy, then it would be Moschino’s blood orange sponge handbag. In fact I loved it so much that I had four of them!
As with the savoury selection the staff were happy to top up our plates with a few of our favourites and we even got a little box of treats to take home to the men in our lives which my husband was most pleased with.
If you’re a lover of all things sweet and fancy then this is one afternoon tea that you won’t want to miss.