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Easter Afternoon Tea in London: A Very Italian Affair

England is famous for the iconic Afternoon Tea but SEEN longs to try this truly Italian interpretation at Osteria, a restaurant created by Searcys in collaboration with Anthony Demetre a year ago.

With Easter fast approaching, the Osteria team have decided to take a fresh look at the quintessential English dining moments and sprinkle some Italian inspiration on proceedings. Firstly, the sandwich tier is transformed by using authentic Italian breads such as Focaccia and Ciabatta. This is further enhanced by authentic Italian Cheese and meats as well as use of herbs, such as Basil with a flavour-packed pesto. Secondly, the scones are re-imagined as delicious homemade panettone both Classic and Raisin, and the lashings of homemade jam are paired with mascarpone instead of the more traditional cream. Finally, the top tier is a treat of pastries transformed into the best of Italian desserts and baking with a mini Tiramisu and stunning Chocolate almond cake to tempt you.

A pot of tea or coffee is provided to go with this innovative Afternoon Tea, but of course when celebrating all things Italian Osteria recommend a more authentic beverage such as our lovely range of sparkling wines from Italy, including both Prosecco, and the less well known Franciacorta, which is also known as the Italian champagne. Italian Afternoon Tea is £29 per person including tea and coffee. Accompany with Prosecco for £8 per glass or Franciacorta for £10 per glass.


Located at the iconic Barbican Centre, on the second floor with lovely views across the city, the restaurant specialises in bold, ingredient-focused Italian cooking in the bistronomy style that Demetre has helped to pioneer. The menus change regularly, with a focus on Italian produce and seasonality.  Following an exciting year since opening, Osteria have decided to look at the most English of institutions and embark on an Italian takeover! SEEN can’t wait.

Barbican Centre
Silk St

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