Afternoon tea at Ellenborough Park and to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday..? I don’t mind if I do Ma’am.
As the country gets ready to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, a special treat is to be served at Ellenborough Park as Executive head chef David Kelman has expertly-crafted a delicious afternoon tea inspired by icons of the Queen’s 64- year reign.
Reflecting the Queen’s love of horses, decades of fashionable hats for royal engagements and guardianship of the nation’s swans, David Kelman’s celebratory afternoon tea adds a touch of regal splendour to this quintessentially British delight, served on china fit for a queen.
My guest and I were booked in this afternoon and taking our two 4 month old babies we were more than happy to sample the delightful afternoon tea to boost our drained ‘night feeding’ souls!
The boys seemed to be enjoying it…
We were shown into a huge drawing room where Elizabethan meets Morocco! Stained glass windows tower over the eclectic and elegant mix of furniture set with individual place settings for Ellenborough’s sumptuous afternoon tea.
To begin with our very helpful waiter Jonathan asked us to select tea from selection of loose blends from Ellenborough Park’s tea chest. A chilled flute of Champagne Billecart-Salmon or a Carrozza Martini, designed exclusively for the Queen’s 90th birthday is also available but with the aforementioned babies we decided that tea would be a safer option today…:(
I settled on a slightly safe and predictable Lapsang Souchong and my guest Emily was more adventurous and chose the Strawberry and Mango.
Ellenborough Park’s Royal Afternoon TeaTop tier
Meringue swans filled with fresh strawberry
Queen’s favourite chocolate cake
Queen’s passionfruit hat, a passionfruit mousse set on a biscuit base, passionfruit glaze and sugar flowers
Salted caramel Tudor rose chocolate
Freshly-baked Ellenborough Park fruit scones, jam and clotted cream
Honey-roast ham with Tewkesbury mustard sandwich
Smoked salmon sandwich
Egg mayonnaise with cress sandwich
Cucumber, tomato and spicy relish sandwich
Emily has Coeliac disease and so beforehand and on booking I had requested a gluten free option, when it arrived we could barely tell the difference between hers and mine and so she didn’t feel that she was missing out in the slightest.
Delicate meringue swans filled with new-season, succulent strawberries nestled between David Kelman’s triple- layer chocolate cake, a personal favourite of the sovereign.
Fashioned from pastry and passionfruit is an elegant headpiece that wouldn’t look out of place in the royal box, intricately decorated with sugar flowers.
At the centre of the patisserie plate is a salted caramel chocolate stamped with a historic Tudor rose, symbolising the Queen’s ancestry and Ellenborough Park’s own roots in 16th century history.
A refined spread of finger sandwiches in classic British flavours and freshly-baked scones with decadent jam and clotted cream also took their place on the cake stand.
I’m not sure why I was worried and between intermittent baby changing tag team trips to the toilets to sort out our little terrors, between us we polished it all off nicely.
In beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery this makes for a special afternoon out – I’d say the perfect place to take your Mum, Dad or someone special for a little bit of loveliness !!
Ellenborough Park’s Royal Afternoon Tea is available between April – June, priced at £25 per person.
Add a glass of Champagne Billecart-Salmon for £12 or a Carrozza Martini for £9
Ellenborough Park, on the foothills of the Cotswolds, is an exceptional destination for every occasion; Ellenborough Park’s quintessentially British appeal draws in guests for romantic getaways, weddings, conferences and celebrations. Ellenborough Park is managed by Michels & Taylor, one of Europe’s leading hotel asset management companies.
A Mr & Mrs Smith and Pride of Britain property, Ellenborough Park boasts 61 large bedrooms and suites individually designed by Nina Campbell, an Indian-themed spa and a heated 15m outdoor swimming pool. Dining options include the 3 AA Rosette oak-panelled Beaufort Dining Room for contemporary dining in historic surroundings and The Brasserie, with its country house menu and more informal setting, both headed up by executive head chef David Kelman.
Book now, you won’t be disappointed.. and you won’t need any supper, I’m still full up!