For an afternoon tea out of the ordinary in London, you must try the Marie Antoinette menu at Pont St.
Launched in the Spring, this Afternoon Tea features an impressice selection of beautiful savoury and sweet food. I was invited for a review a few weeks ago and I was very impressed. Pont St afternoon tea ticked all the boxes for me: location, service, presentation, taste.
Pont St is a restaurant offering all day dining in the heart of Belgravia, a beautiful and elegant neighbourhood of London. The location will certainly appeal to tourists as Pont St is surrounded by London landmarks such as Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace.
Pont St is part of the Belgraves Hotel, so I went for a little wonder into the adjoining hotel lobby to have a look. The hotel is an example of modern and chic design with stylish furniture and colourful touches; I loved the decor and I certainly wouldn’t mind spending a few nights there!
The restaurant’s interior is elegant, with beautiful tiled floor, white marble tables and velvet banquettes. Overall Pont St has a refined, yet informal ambience for a special dining experience.
Pont St opened two years ago and is headed up by Chef and author Sophie Michell, Britain’s youngest female executive chef. Her new Marie Antoinette Afternoon Tea is spectacular and one of the most beautiful teas I’ve had in London.
You must know that I receive many restaurant invites every month, but I am very selective as I aim to feature only the best locations. What intrigued me was the extravagant Marie Antoinette menu as well as Sophie’s fame as one of the best chefs in London.
Usually afternoon tea menus are mostly sweet, but I was pleased to see that the Marie Antoinette menu featured a wide savoury selection. In addition to the traditional Finger Sandwiches, there were four canapes: Foie Gras on Brioche Toast, Cheese Balls with Quince, Hollandaise Quail Egg Tartlets, Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel.
I loved all of the canapes and sandwiches, with the foie gras being my least favourite simply because I had just returned from a trip to south France and had eaten too much duck already!
The ham & mustard and the cucumber sandwiches were as good as you’d expect from such classic fillings; the cheese chutney tasted good but the filling didn’t hold together quite well.
After indulging in the savoury dishes we moved on to the scones with jam and clotted cream. I am a huge lover of English scones and found these ones soft and tasty on the inside (despite looking over-baked and dry outside).
I booked the afternoon tea at 14:30 and skipped lunch, so I was quite hungry when I arrived at Pont St after my yoga class. Still, after all the canapes, sandwiches and scones I barely had any space left for the cakes, which we mostly asked to be packed and took away.
The cake selection featured a Rose Macaron, Chocolate Opera Cake, Absinthe Choux, Champagne Lychee Jelly with Rosewater Cream, Fondant Fancies, and Marie Antoinette Playing Card Biscuit.
The layered chocolate cake was really good and so was the macaron.
The other cakes weren’t as good: the choux didn’t have a rich filling and the biscuit was quite hard, while the fondant fancie was a bit dry. At the end of the day it is a matter of personal taste and there are always going to be dishes that I like more than others. But overall I really enjoyed the Pont St Afternoon Tea and I would recommend it as a dining experience to do in London.
A special mention to the teaware used at Pont St: the Polka Dot Tea Story by British brand Wedgwood. The cups, saucers and plates in beautiful pastel colour china make a great addition to the already colourful Marie Antoinette Tea.
The Marie Antoinette Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person or £45 with a glass of Ruinart Champagne.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant. All opinions are my own.
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