Before saying ‘I do’ I was quite the social butterfly. My weeks were peppered with girly lunches, spas retreats and the all important girls holidays. Post nuptials however, ‘our’ social life has taken on a slightly different form. We have become ‘that’ couple (smh) unapologetic and married. Yes we now do what married couples do, movie marathons on the sofa, double, triple or more dates, dinner parties and date nights. While I love this new ‘married’ status, its easy to loose touch with oneself and your girls. I adore my husband, I do, but when it comes to important things such as manicures, tea and shoe shopping he is grossly under qualified, especially in the age old art of gossip. It is for this reason that my darling Udi and I started our monthly ritual of girly indulgence for a catch up on the latest on love, life and and everything in between.
There are few things I enjoy more than afternoon tea. Sipping loose leaf infusions and nibbling on beautiful handcrafted patisserie, high tea is one Quintessentially English and oh so sophisticated celebration that for me never gets old.
We started the new year with Pret-A-Portea at the Berkeley in Knightbridge. Being the fashionistas that we are, Udi and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to mix a bit of haute couture with a haute cuppa tea.
Pret-A-Portea is a catwalk inspired tea experience and the creation of Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat, whose delectable treats reflect the hottest designer trends. Each season the menu is updated, with the treats being fashioned after lust after pieces straight from the runway. The high fashion take on afternoon tea is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
Along side classic savoury sandwiches and canapés, this seasons line up includes a Dolce & Gabbana inspired blackcurrant bavarois with chocolate owl, Burberry tea trench coat cookie, Manolo Blanhik biscuit, Charlotte Olympia bootie biscuit, Moschino red quilted sponge handbag, Jimmy Choo praline pump, Nicholas Kirkwood pearl pump sachertorte, the Lanvin inspired almond and honeycomb sponge, the Simone Rocha floral caramel choux pastry eclair and last but by no means least the Jason Wu coconut cherry compote complete with high heeled tuile leg. Pret-a-portea is genius, where couture and confectionery collide.
Being dairy and gluten intolerant, my excitement at afternoon tea is often short-lived. When presented with spongy, nothing flavoured cucumber sandwiches, and creamless scone pellets, it is easy to miss the full pomp and ceremony of high tea. Thankfully the team at The Berkeley are far more creative than sawdust sandwiches, and cardboard cakes. When I told our lovely waiter of my intolerance, I was immediately presented a platter of innovative, tasty intolerant free delicacies. They had revamped the fashionista tea to include a dairy free banana cake, chocolate brownie, marshmallows and an all important macaron. The butterless sandwiches were paired with a White Peony tea, no cow juice in sight and the patisserie was fun and flavourful, pretty on the outside while being friendly to my insides. I thoroughly enjoyed our Pret-A-Portea and left The Berkley feeling full, fabulous and flatulence free much to the pleasure of my partner in dine.
I would defiantly recommend tea at The Berkley, it’s one to add to the list.
Until next time
Cachet de Carew x