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Taking Afternoon Tea at Bronte

Bronte Restaurant

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time for all you good children to think of a lovely treat for your mothers. You might want to consider Bronte at 1-3 on the Strand. Not just for the deliciousness of the Afternoon Tea – of which, more later – but for the beautiful surroundings, designed by Tom Dixon. The Tea takes its inspiration from the ‘collector’s house’ of the restaurant; displaying several ‘cabinets of curiosities’. Your sandwiches and cakes will be served in a glass and gold trinket box for a truly luxurious and eclectic experience. From the pink concrete bar to the green granite kitchen; the emerald green leather and black timber of the dining booths; an array of green foliage; and the blush-pink scoop chairs, Tom Dixon and his talented team have made it all about the details. It will be all too easy to forget that you are actually at the centre of London’s hustle and bustle by Trafalgar Square. No wonder it’s a favourite with the fashion set.

The menu for Afternoon Tea will be perfectly in synch with Bronte’s British focus but incorporating modern Asian influences. Finger sandwich fillings will include Jasmine-smoked ham and miso mustard; Smoked salmon and yuzu; and Pickled cucumber and Shiso. No tea is complete without scones and they are here too, with clotted cream and wild strawberry jam. The patisserie represents the best of British and Asian flavours: Chocolate orange and cardamom éclair; Spicy ginger and rhubarb baked cheesecake; Tropical baby pineapple and mango tartlet; Yuzu and white chocolate mousse; Spicy chilli salted caramel macaron or Warm pistachio and lemon cake. The cakes and sweet treats menu will change every 2-3 weeks.

In amidst the delicious cakes and sandwiches, we’ve almost forgotten the teas. Diners can choose from traditional or herbal Birchall teas, a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne, cocktails and juices (from the tropical to the green and clean).

The Afternoon Tea is very reasonably priced at £24.00 per person, or £36 per person with champagne. Now all SEEN has to do is drop a big hint to her own good child…

Grand Buildings
1 – 3 Strand

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