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It wouldn't be right to end National Afternoon Tea Week without at least trying something served on china and accompanied by a lovely pot of Darjeeling. So Hot Dinners headed off to The Beaumont yesterday to check out their latest wheeze.

As you might expect from anywhere run by Messrs Corbin & King, attention to detail is all. And the new cake trolley that debuted a few weeks ago at this Mayfair hotel is totally on point.

Head Pastry Chef Pierre Storti has given the traditional afternoon tea a bit of a shake down, bringing in some distinctly Transatlantic flavours. The whole thing is a much lighter (thankfully) take on the usual carb and cake fest. So you start with a selection of three mini American sandwiches - a pitch perfect reuben, a mini lobster roll, and a cucumber bagel.

Then, an antique cake trolley rolls across the hotel lobby to you, groaning with all manner of sweet treats. Choose from three cakes - a gluten-free coffee and pecan, red velvet and Jimmy’s chocolate cake - before finishing off with a selection from arange of macarons, candies and other treats.

sarniesThe sandwich course - lobster roll, cucumber bagel and pastrami reuben. Are you going to wish the reuben was a teeny bit bigger? Yes, but then you wouldn't have room for....

macarons...the berry macarons with edible gold - just one of the many sweet treats to choose from in the tea's final course.

The Cake Trolley is available daily between 3pm and 6pm in The Beaumont Lobby.


More about The Beaumont afternoon tea

Where is it? 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF

How much: £26.50 (glass of champagne is £15.50)

How to book: Call 020 7499 1001 or email afternoontea@thebeaumont.com

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Twitter @thebeaumontldn

 Hot Dinners dined as guests of The Beaumont

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