Thankfully these are rules I can follow easily! This week I went to try out the Peter Pan Afternoon Tea which has recently launched at the scenic Aqua Shard situated on Level 31 of The Shard. Our afternoon tea setting was the perfect view across the City as we got to enjoy some magical treats from this themed afternoon tea.
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea draws on popular characters and scenes and from J.M Barrie’s much-loved novel and is in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) where £2 from each afternoon tea sold for the year will be donated to the charity.
The tea starts with an illustrated nod to Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook on the plates and the menu opens up to reveal a Neverland of inspired sandwiches and sweet treats. We started off with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose and our tea selection. There are two special teas available; The Darling Tea which celebrates Wendy Darling and is a Black Tea infused with rose petals and vanilla and also The Adventure Tea inspired by Peter and is a black tea with citrus flavours and a touch of ginger. There is also a selection of your usual teas to choose from.
For an afternoon tipple you can opt for Veuve Clicquot Champagne or one of the curated cocktails. These are aptly named Fairy Dust – Mint and Cucumber Ketel One botanical, apple liqueur, ginger switchel, Kaffir lime, absinthe & gold dust and Never Grow Up punch is a non-alcoholic option with pineapple, pear puree, elderflower tonic and grenadine.
The tea arrives to your table on a pirate ship, The Jolly Roger to be exact and when activated by the dry ice it starts to mist, it really is such a special touch and so well thought out. Definitely make sure to have your camera ready for those Instagram moments! The carefully curated afternoon tea doesn’t stop there, each savoury and sweet treat has a unique twist and relates to the novel.
The finger sandwiches are wrapped in the Lost Boy Rules and include a chicken sandwich with bacon and also an egg and cucumber, both of which were delicious. The sausage roll was my favourite savoury part and represents Peter Pan’s favourite food the Baked pig.
You also have brioche shaped chimneys inspired by the mushroom stools ‘of charming colour’ in Neverland. Then the ‘Codfish’ Captain Hook cod croquette which is named after Peter Pan’s nickname for his nemesis. I enjoyed all the savoury parts and could easily have ate more, which was offered but I knew I had to save room for the sweets.
Starting with the warm scones served in a treasure chest, these were a mixture of fruit and plain scones and were just the right size being slightly smaller than your large ones. These were accompanied by coconut clotted cream, raspberry jam and mammee-apple. I liked the different flavours for the scones as it is not typically something you see.
I couldn’t wait to delve into the cakes, you have; a Tinker Bell Cookie in which our waiter came over and sprayed her with gold edible fairy dust, a lovely touch and perfect for kids coming for the tea to enjoy. Tick-Tock the Crocodile is a sweet raspberry and rooibos jelly with a crocodile gummy.
Hook’s Perish Cake is a green inspired lime cake with coconut and refers to Captain Hook’s dastardly plan, to leave a “large rich cake of a jolly thickness with green sugar in it.” And lastly you have Peter Pan’s Secret Hollow Tree Entrance which is shaped like the tree trunk entrance to the Lost Boys home under the ground, this is a dark chocolate mousse cake with raspberry jam and chocolate sponge.
I throughly enjoyed this afternoon tea and loved how well thought out it was, it is such a special afternoon for all ages.
The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea is served Thursday-Sunday from 12.15 – 4.15pm, priced at £52 per person, or £68 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, £75 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose.