I absolutely adore the Terrace Grill and Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly and it holds special memories for me as it was the venue of the first ever Afternoon Tea I was invited to when I started my blog. I have been back on many occasions and there is always something really novel and cool happening within the gorgeous room, with its high ceilings, natural lighting and enviable outdoor terrace with a fabulous view.
I was back at Le Méridien Piccadilly recently to experience their latest Afternoon Tea Concept, which marries two foodie pastimes I absolutely love – Brunch and Afternoon Tea! Yes you read that right 😉 There is actually a Brunch Afternoon Tea called The B’NT which is literally the best fusion I think I have come across.
We started our evening on the terrace, toasting to a stunning summer evening with a Pink Fizz cocktail, which is a blend of Grapefruit juice, Chambord and a good splash of Prosecco. Like a fruitier version of a Mimosa and absolutely perfect for summer.
Once our table was all set for our Afternoon Tea, we ventured inside and to our surprise found the signature Le Méridien Eclairs personalised with our names. I love personalized touches and this was literally amazing, especially as Eclairs are one of my favourite dessert treats. As we had lots of treats yet to come with our Afternoon Tea stand, we had these boxed to take home to enjoy later.
The three tiered stand which arrived to our table was phenomenal. Imagine all your favourite brunch treats re-imagined and served on an Afternoon Tea stand! I was literally in food heaven.
The top tier, had a Yorkshire Basket, which had all the breakfast favourites in one. Like literally! There was a cocktail sausage, streaky bacon, cherry tomato, baked beans, black pudding and a quail egg inside it. It has got to be the most innovative afternoon tea savoury I have ever tried.
Other equally as impressive savoury treats included Eggs Piccadilly, which was actually my favourite because it has truffle, which I have been obsessed with ever since I went Truffle Hunting in Tuscany. It usually has Smoked Salmon but I opted for it without it, but it did have delicious poached quail egg and a spinach hollandaise, where the truffle was incorporated.
There was also a “Superfood Eclair” with the dream combination of Goat’s cheese, Beetroot and Avocado. Anyone else think that is a fabulous combination of flavours?
The ‘Duo of Rosary Ash’ with pickled asparagus and served on charcoal bread was novel and I had never tried pickled asparagus before and it was a winner.
Avocado lovers would be wowed by the ‘Avocado Scotch Egg’ which is served inside a potato nest.
The final savoury treat was a ‘Deconstructed Quiche’ which had a divine combination of cheese and a piccalilli of vegetables. These all paired well with the Pink Fizz, that we started our evening with.
We then had another cocktail, which was a Brunch Punch with Tequila, Orange juice, Apricot Liquor, Lime juices and some fresh chillies for a little kick. These were paired with the scones.
The Scones selection was quite exciting and from the full menu, there is quite an epic choice, which includes Red pepper, chilli, cheese and avocado, Cheese and pesto, Beetroot, feta and smoked salmon, Sweet potato, spinach and bacon, Feta and garlic, Apple and blueberry and a Raspberry and chocolate. Is that not the most desirable scones list ever?
For our special B’NT Afternoon Tea, we tried the raspberry and chocolate, and the red pepper, chilli, cheese and avocado. They were served with an interesting variety of dips, my favourites being the tomato relish and hummus mix.
Our final tier was desserts and what a trio these were!
Egg and Soldiers are my guilty pleasure, but when they are made from a duo of chocolate, they are sensational.
We also had a Sweet Potato and Beetroot Brownie and a Seasonal Fruit Tart. They were all really decadent and the flavours all worked so well together, and it was a lovely sweet note to end the incredible afternoon tea with.
It was paired with Aranciano Caffe, which was our third cocktail adorably presented in a coffee cup and a blend of Espresso, Orange juice, Frangelico and Vanilla syrup.
As a special treat and to celebrate National Afternoon Tea week you can enjoy this special pairing menu, which is usually priced at £35 per person, for just £30 and you get 3 incredible signature paired cocktails using my special code of LMPBNT between Monday 14th August and Sunday 20th August.
To claim the discount and experience this fabulous afternoon tea make sure you quote the code and book via phone. This unique discount can only be redeemed over the week of 14-20 August and bookings must be made in advance. Get booking!
For more information on Le Méridien Piccadilly visit their website here.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Le Méridien Piccadilly but all views and photos are my own.