HM The Queen celebrates her official birthday in her 90th year this weekend with the traditional Trooping the Colour on Saturday and a Patron’s Lunch on Sunday, honouring the charities she has supported during her long reign.
And to mark the monarch’s milestone in one of the most British ways imaginable, some of the country’s finest hotels are transforming their delightful afternoon teas to celebrate of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea, The Goring, London
The Goring is an historic luxury hotel in London’s Belgravia district, famed for its independent style and modern British cuisine.
From 4 April 2016, it will celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday with a very special afternoon tea created in her honour by The Goring’s award-winning pastry chefs. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea includes Her Majesty’s favourite Fruit Cake, as well as a number of playful, delicate pastries. The tea will be served until the end of August.
The Goring has been perfecting the art of Afternoon Tea since it opened its doors more than a century ago and is a holder of The British Tea Guild Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award and The Award of Excellence.
Pink Princess Afternoon Tea, The Lanesborough, London
The Lanesborough is located in prestigious Knightsbridge overlooking Hyde Park and is an elegant example of London’s Regency architecture
To celebrate Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s first birthday in May and Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday in June, The Lanesborough has launched a Pink Princess Afternoon Tea especially created by the hotel’s award-winning Head Pastry Chef Nicolas Rouzaud.
Multiple winner of the UK Tea Council’s Award of Excellence, and served daily in the majestic, naturally-lit surroundings of the hotel’s Venetian dining room, Céleste, afternoon tea presents freshly baked scones, thick, velvety clotted cream and home-made fruit preserves, served with all the beloved trimmings.
The Lanesborough will be serving the new Pink Princess Afternoon Tea from 1 May to 12 June 2016.
Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Tea, The Dorchester, London
The Dorchester, which overlooks both Hyde Park and Mayfair, is a favourite choice of celebrities, world leaders, royalty and high society.
To honour the Queen’s 90th birthday, the hotel is offering a special Afternoon Tea menu featuring a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne, savory finger sandwiches and themed pastries on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June only.
Afternoon Tea is served in The Promenade, a lobby on the ground floor, where potted palms and towering fountains of flowering plants surround plush couches with pillows as soft as marshmallows.
Royal Residence Afternoon Tea, The Capital, Knightsbridge, London
This five-star boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from Harrods and will be celebrating the Queen’s birthday in style this June.
To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital will be serving a Royal Afternoon Tea created by two great British chefs, Nathan Outlaw and Will Torrent. Nathan and Will have put together an exciting menu of Great British Afternoon Tea favourites.
The Capital Royal Tea will be available for the entire month of June, where Will will be taking a Royal Residency at The Capital as a guest chef alongside Outlaw’s at The Capital’s head chef, Tom Brown.
The menu will include Earl Grey Crowns, which have been specially created by Will to feature The Queen’s preferred tea, strawberry and Champagne tartlets decorated will gold leaf detail, and smoked salmon on crumpets. On Sundays, the cake trolley will add an additional treat, such as their version of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s chocolate biscuit Wedding Cake, or an Elizabeth Sponge cake, a take on the classic Victoria sponge with notes of lavender and lemon.
To celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone and 2016’s busy Royal calendar of events, the five-star hotel has devised a perfectly patriotic Royal Afternoon Tea that is available from 1 May until 10 July. The Arch London’s stately spread will feature a procession of dishes worthy of the Royal seal of approval including delicacies such as Chicken liver parfait with spiced fig chutney.
The prestigious hotel is offering A Right Royal Afternoon Tea in honour of the Queen’s Birthday that is designed by The Great British Bake Off series three winner, John Whaite. A Right Royal Afternoon Tea takes inspiration from the flavours of the Commonwealth and features innovative sweet treats such as Hazelnut and Maple Chocolate Tarts and Yuzu and Coconut Blondies.