Monday, 25 February 2013

Jumeirah Carlton Tower unveils new FUSION afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard

London, 20 February 2013: London’s iconic Jumeirah Carlton Tower continues its collaboration with master patissier and star of Channel 4’s Baking Mad series Eric Lanlard with the launch of his new FUSION afternoon tea.

Unveiled on Friday 22 February in Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s beautiful Chinoiserie, Eric’s new afternoon tea is inspired by his travels and the discovery of unusual and unexpected flavours and ingredients. Working closely with Executive Chef Simon Young, the two have united their creative culinary minds to deliver a refreshing twist on the afternoon tea.

On arrival, guests will be spiritzed with Eric’s edible perfume of freshly baked pain d’epices – quite literally a taste of things to come and a novel way to bring out the flavours of the tea. The menu begins with a section of savory delights such as: a lemongrass and ginger house-marinated salmon pumpernickel roulade; a roast beef, watercress and creamed horseradish wrap; and an onion brioche with crispy Peking duck, spring onion and cucumber. Then, to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth, a selection of pastries, cakes and desserts that combine elegant and subtle flavours to delicious effect. From a wild strawberry cone pop topped with strawberry cheesecake popcorn to dark chocolate cannelloni filled with tarte tatin mousse topped with pecan smoked mini apple, the FUSION afternoon tea is a decadent and memorable experience. With a remarkable attention to detail, Eric fills his honey roast apricot tart with precious saffron mousseline cream, and tops his wild roses nectar and fresh raspberries with lychee pearls and a Provencal fig coulis.

Commenting on his new FUSION afternoon tea, Eric Lanlard says: “Travel is my biggest source of inspiration: the discovery of new ingredients, techniques, cultures and traditions. That is what my baking is all about: a FUSION of flavor from around the world, exciting textures and extreme presentation. I am delighted to once again work with Simon Young and his team to deliver a truly unique and indulgent afternoon tea experience.”

The Chinoiserie at the luxury Jumeirah Carlton Tower provides the perfect backdrop for afternoon tea with its sophisticated, classic-contemporary décor and soothing music played by the resident harpist.

The FUSION Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard will be available at Chinoiserie from Friday 22 February and costs £40 per person or £50 per person with a glass of champagne, excluding service charge. To book, visit or call +44 (0)20 7858 7181

Friday, 22 February 2013

Afternoon Tea With Jimmy Choo At The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is delighted to announce its latest fashion tea in collaboration with Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s most treasured luxury brands. Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags are often worn by style icons around the world, from celebrities to royalty, and from musicians to heads of state. From 2 April to 5 May, MO Bar’s Jimmy Choo afternoon tea will take inspiration from Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer 2013 collections, which will highlight the haute gypsy glamour of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and feature rich and vibrant colors and embossed leather, fringes and tassels, to reveal the fun-loving side of women.

“We are excited to be working with Jimmy Choo. The sexy stiletto heels, glamorous designs, great sense of style and colour, and exceptional Italian craftsmanship serve as excellent inspiration for our culinary team,” said Sidney Schutte, Executive Chef at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. “When creating this afternoon tea, we wanted to showcase Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer shoe wardrobe that is filled with bold and feminine shades. We have crafted edible miniature high heels and also took inspiration from the colours of the handbags and clutches, and have created some of the most fashionable-looking and delectable savoury and sweet items to convey their style.” he added. Tea items include smoked salmon cucumber sandwiches made to resemble the design of the CAYLA clutch decorated with brightly coloured cream cheese pyramid studs; and the white chocolate bag based on one of Jimmy Choo’s signature leopard print designs. “We are excited by this collaboration, which allows our guests to touch and feel the ‘Choo’s in a completely new way!” added Schutte.

MO Bar’s Jimmy Choo tea set will feature mouth-watering savoury bites such as Foie Gras High Heels on Crispy Brioche Bread, Ham Mousse Sandwiches with Savora Mustard, and Smoked Salmon Sandwiches with Cucumber and Cream Cheese. Sweet temptations include Milk Chocolate High Heels filled with Lemon and Chocolate Biscuits, White Chocolate Bag filled with Lychee, Rose and Raspberry Mousse, Chupa Chup Macaroon filled with Passion Fruit and Mango Cream, and Green Tea, Strawberry, and Yuzu Mousse Shooter, as well as MO Bar’s signature light-as-a-feather Ginger and Raisin Scones.

This delightful afternoon tea is priced at HKD260 per person from Mondays to Fridays, including the three-tier tea set, a delectable cake buffet and a choice of JING tea or coffee; and HKD280 per person on Saturdays and Sundays, topped with a weekend dessert buffet. All guests will receive a special gift set from Jimmy Choo with the tea set (while stocks last).

Cointreau Privé Pop-up Cocktail Bar Designed By Dita Von Teese

Cointreau Prive pop-up cocktail bar by Dita von Teese. While we eagerly await the next location..... we thought we would share some of the fabulous cocktails to make at home.


- 50 ml (1 ½ oz) of Cointreau
- ½ fresh lime
- 100 ml (3 oz) of soda water

Into the glass squeeze the wedges of ½ lime, fill the glass with ice and add Cointreau and top off with soda water.

Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh raspberries.


Discover Cointreau Teese, the cocktail created by Dita Von Teese for Cointreau.


- 40 ml (1 ½ oz) Cointreau
- 15 ml (½ oz) fresh lemon juice
- 20 ml (¾ oz) apple juice
- 15 ml (½ oz) Monin violet syrup
TRICK:Frost ginger around the rim of the glass.


- 40 ml (1 ½ oz) Cointreau
- 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lime juice
- 40 ml (1 ½ oz) silver tequila
- 10 ml (½ oz) Monin rose syrup
- 1 pinch chipotle spice

Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker fi lled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with fl oating organic yellow rose petals. For an added kick, add a chipotle and salt rim.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the world’s first underground train system, The Park Lane Hotel, The Palm Court has created a very special London Underground Afternoon Tea.

Available till the 11th March, the London Underground Afternoon Tea will take you on a culinary journey around the world-famous tube network.
The delicious treats included.

Selection of sandwiches:
Egg, Crème Fraiche, Sun Blushed Tomato and Wild Watercress ‘London Bridge’ Roll
‘Royal Oak’-Smoked Salmon, Capers & Sour Cream bagel (Mind the Gap!)
‘District and Circle Line’ roulade with Coronation Chicken, Mayonnaise, Saffron Bread & Spinach
Honey Roast Ham (for Paddington Bear!), Toasted Muffin, ‘Piccadilly’ Relish and Micro Cress.
Warm Leek and Asparagus Double ‘Gloucester Road’ tart with a Soft Poached Quails Egg

Scones and pastries:
Plain and fruit scones with ‘Limehouse’ Curd, ‘Victoria’ Plum Jam and clotted cream
Hazelnut Pound Cake (Bank)
Orange Victoria sponge (Victoria)
Honey, lemon and pistachio cake (Circle and District Lines with more honey to keep Paddington Bear happy!)
White Chocolate Oreo Swiss Roll Cottage (Swiss Cottage)

Tea will be served with a Metropolitan 1863 cocktail, a blend of Beefeater 24 gin and blackcurrant tea.
London Undeground Afternoon Tea is priced at £41 per person and advance booking on +44 (0)20 7290 7328 is required.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Valentine's Afternoon Tea At Chancery Court

Chocoholics listen up…

Celebrate Valentine with a limited edition of Pearl's celebrated Chocolate Afternoon Tea, one of the most decadent afternoon teas this city has to offer. 

Indulge in limitless pure chocolate bliss with his help-yourself chocolate buffet, featuring for the occasion exclusive themed delicacies, and toast with one glass of Rosé Champagne per person included in the price.

The delicious buffet will be enriched by:

Pomme d'amour
Caramel mousse, apple compôte with pistachio chocolate

Rouge pearl tartlet
Redcurrant pâté de fruit, white chocolate mousse in a sweet tartlet

Fraise et citron
Strawberry mousse, pistachio and lemon cake with strawberry cheesecake popcorn

Macaroon passion
Milk chocolate and passion fruit macaroon

Délice de noisette et framboise 
Hazelnut, raspberry and white chocolate mousse

Chocolat Arachide
Chocolate and peanut layer torte

Rhubarbe, chocolat blanc et pain d'épice
Poached rhubarb, white chocolate and vanilla mousse with gingerbread

Truffes aux chocolat
Dark chocolate truffle cake with sugar hearts

£35.00 PER PERSON... 
including one glass of Champagne Rosé

Due to the expected high demand it is advised that you make your reservation as soon as possible.

VIVA FOREVER! cocktail menu inspired by the Spice Girls

Celebrating the end of ‘detox month’, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar has launched a new, fabulously indulgent VIVA FOREVER! cocktail menu inspired by the Spice Girls.

The five show-stopping cocktails are all Champagne based and created by Fifth Floor Bar Manager, Dominic Jacobs, with each drink highlighting the Girls’ most famous traits.

Strawberries are the main flavour of the pink Baby Spice, whilst Posh Spice is a take on a classic Champagne cocktail andScary Spice has a chilli kick. Tied up in individual bows, from Union Jack to leopard skin, the VIVA FOREVER! cocktails are priced at £14.50 each and available until the end of April.

Baby Spice – Peach puree and fresh strawberries, Harvey Nichols Champagne

Ginger Spice – Domaine de canton ginger liqueur, rose syrup topped with Champagne

Scary Spice – Fresh chilli, lychee liqueur topped with Champagne

Sporty Spice – Amaretto, curacao bleu and lemon juice topped with Champagne

Posh Spice – Apricot brandy, sugar cube soaked in grapefruit bitters, topped with Champagne

The new cocktails will accompany the hugely popular VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea menu, available until end of February.

To book a table in the bar please contact Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor on 020 7235 5250.