If you know me even a little bit you’ll probably know that Beauty & the Beast is hands down my favourite Disney movie – just hearing the soundtrack makes turns me into a complete blubbering wreck in the best possible way. So when I heard that Town House Kensington in London were doing a ‘Tale as Old as Time’ afternoon tea, I had to be a part of it…
Town House Kensington is a restaurant attached to The Kensington Hotel in the South Kensington area of London; it has its own entrance around the corner from the main hotel entrance.
When we arrived, we each had a Speculoos Belle dress biscuit waiting for us at our table setting. I put mine aside for later as I knew there was a lot of food to come (I am a seasoned afternoon tea aficionado now, you know!).
We ordered our tea to drink and we were brought out the first course, which I wasn’t expecting: a bite sized venison pie, beef ragu & saffron arancini with lemon crème fraîche, and a mini cheese soufflé on a plate decorated with rose petals.
After polishing those off (they were all delicious), we were ready for more. Our waiter brought out our afternoon tea stand adorned with all the treats, along with character models of Lumière, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts!
The middle tier held the following sandwiches:
- Potted Argyle smoked salmon & crème fraîche;
- Roast Devon Red chicken with cranberry;
- Cucumber & cream cheese;
- Egg mayonnaise & cress.
The bottom tier contained ‘Marie’s sweet brioche baguettes‘, served with apricot preserve & chocolate pot. To be honest, I didn’t think this tier looked that appealing, but the brioches were so soft and delicious, so I completely take that back! The chocolate pot was such a great addition – we even asked for more.
The top layer consisted of desserts inspired by the characters and scenes in Beauty & the Beast:
- Vanilla & gold jelly (inspired by Lumière);
- ‘Try the grey stuff’ white chocolate mousse (“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious – don’t believe me, ask the dishes!“);
- Chocolate ganache chocolate clock tart (inspired by Cogsworth);
- Coconut & chocolate spiced snowball macaron (inspired by the snowball scene in the movie).
I was actually very impressed by the macarons; I’m not usually a macaron fan, but the taste and mouth feel of these ones were incredible. Cogsworth was delicious too – chocolate ganache and pastry is always a winner for me.
For £42 per person, the ‘Tale As Old As Time‘ afternoon tea is definitely on the pricier side, even for London. For £54.50 per person, you can also have a glass of champagne with it.
For me, it was a lovely experience but it didn’t have that ‘wow’ element to it which I thought it would – the atmosphere just wasn’t quite there, and the food items and presentation weren’t quite as ‘polished’ as I thought they would be. Regardless, I am glad I went and I wouldn’t take it back.
The staff who served us on the day were attentive and generous, and if you’re a massive Beauty and the Beast fan, you’ll certainly notice the little details. Be aware that it books up super-fast though – we booked in January and the closest slot we could get was in June!