Dorchester Collection hotels have introduced a variety of fun new tea menus, adding unique touches to the classic five-star afternoon tea experience.
The Dorchester is celebrating its annual Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea with entertainment by the English National Ballet School’s youth dancers. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, characters including the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice herself will be pirouetting through the hotel’s Promenade bringing the magical tale to life.Available from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, the menu includes a selection of Alice in Wonderland inspired cakes, savoury finger sandwiches and homemade scones and pastries. The tea is priced at £51 per adult including a glass of champagne, £30 for children aged 5 to 11, and £1 for every booking will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
A Vintage Afternoon Tea is also available on The Balcony at The Dorchester with a menu of open finger sandwiches, traditional English cakes and warm scones with homemade jam, lemon curd, and Cornish clotted cream. The menu is accompanied by teas served in a vintage Minton china set and a glass of Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004. The Vintage Afternoon Tea is priced at £51 per person.
Until 31 October, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel, Coworth Park, is offering guests a Meadow Tea inspired by the view from The Drawing Room of the hotel’s wildflower meadow. Fragrant hand-blended teas and cordial made from estate-grown elderflower accompany a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with homemade compotes of apricot–lavender and plum-hibiscus. Teas include the Gertrude Jekyll blend, created in honour of the renowned British horticulturist. Available in the afternoons and upon request, guests can accompany Coworth Park’s head of gardens, Terri Crow, for a walk around the grounds. Terri will talk through the history and inspiration behind the Lime Avenue, Sunken Garden, Kissing Cages, Ornamental Terraces and the Wildflower Meadow.
The Meadow Tea is priced at £26 per person or £39 per person for the Champagne Meadow Tea.
The Dorchester portfolio includes The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva.