Musical-themed afternoon teas must be on trend at the moment. We recently sampled The Pinnochio-themed afternoon tea at The National Theatre and now we have the delightful sounding Alexander Hamilton afternoon tea at the Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant at The Lanesborough. It has been inspired by the characters and events brought to life by the Broadway juggernaut.
You could not have found a more opulent and ornate setting than at Céleste to celebrate the rich tapestry of history sung about in the musical. The neoclassical style of the room in this Grade II listed building is jaw-droppingly inspiring from the natural lighting provided by the spectacular domed glass roof to the grand chandeliers that adorn the room down to the rich mosaic carpet.
The afternoon tea itself from Celeste’s new Head Pastry Chef Gabriel Le Quang is equally showstopping. We started off with the savoury options which were the finger sandwiches (sadly, not Hamilton-themed). They were 5 varied options such as salmon and cream as well as coronation chicken, using high-end ingredients you would expect from such an esteemed and venerable hotel.
Warm scones were only delivered to us by our waiter once he was satisfied we had completed our savoury options and did not want further refills. They were of an ideal size and had just the right amount of crustiness and completed with Devonshire clotted cream and their in-house jam.
The star of the show was the elaborate pastries created by their talented pastry team. The taste of each creation matched the scintillating looks on offer. The blackberry cheesecake is a modern take on the classic American recipe and has an unmistakable purple colour that resembled Alexander Hamilton’s jacket, even down to the golden buttons of the uniform. It verged on ‘the almost too pretty to eat’ variety if it wasn’t for the explosion of blackberry fruitness inside that made resistance futile.
Grapefruit Religieuse was a marvellous looking pink choux creation and came with an intricate pink craquelin bonnet that was filled with pomelos cream and Chantilly, with the pomelos flavour a nod to the Caribbean heritage of the titular characters. The pink was Inspired by the pink worn by one of the Schulyer sister’s, Angelica.
There are other references to the musical such as the Caraibes Chocolate Star, representing stars of the American flag and other twists on American classics such as their take on the pecan pie.
With such innovative creations, this is the ideal pre-theatre treat you should award yourself before celebrating watching the show or if like 95% of the population, you haven’t managed to get tickets, this would be next best thing.