Pret A Portea At The Berkeley Hotel

I feel like unless you’re looking for The Berkeley Hotel you could miss it. Wilton Place is just a short walk along Knightsbridge from Hyde Park Corner Station but if you weren’t looking for it could easily pass it by. Once you step inside the doors though it is hard to deny the luxury of the place.  It’s so chic and modern and I want to move in immediately.

Don’t be intimidated by the lush surroundings though because you are made to feel so welcome and so comfortable immediately. The Collins room is just beautiful and such a lovely setting for the fashion themed afternoon tea.

Now I know the highlight of any afternoon tea is the sweet treats but I feel I need to stop a minute to appreciate the savouries here. This wasn’t your bog standard cucumber sandwiches, oh no. There was a selection of six or so delicious finger sandwiches, two little bowls of absolute deliciousness and a tomato and goats cheese macaron. I wish I could tell you exactly what was in those little bowls but I clearly forgot to make a note of it (sorry!) One of them was topped with mackerel and although I’m not a fan of, what I describe as, fishy fish it was super tasty. I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed every mouthful of something so much. The sandwiches had loads of filling and a wide selection of breads and that tomato macaron was something else. I kept saying that I could have eaten another one but I don’t think I could in all honesty. It was so rich and creamy and delicious it was perfect as it was.

Before the piece de resistance at the fashion themed tea came out we had scones. I’m not the hugest fan of the scone, I’m a fan of a cream tea every now and then but I’d always pick a cake over a scone given the choice. However, we were given a plain and a fruit scone each (still warm from the oven) and a selection of strawberry or raspberry jam plus cream! I’ll always plump for strawberry in this situation and it was delightful. I definitely did not feel let down by my choice and polished off both of the scones without as much as a second thought!

The Pret A Portea menu changes every six months to keep up with evolving fashion seasons. For Spring/Summer 2017 the talented pastry chefs have designed a selection of incredible cakes and fancies based on designs by some of the world’s greatest designers like Gucci, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Balenciaga and Miu Miu. It was the prettiest and most intricate offering of sweet things I’d ever seen in my life. We could help but stop and stare at the prettiness of the selection before us not wanting to ruin any of it by putting it in our mouths.

After everything we’d eaten up until this point we could only manage a couple of the cakes and the rest wear packed up in tiny little hatboxes for us to take home. Although they were all incredible my absolute favourites were the Charlotte Olympia ‘Chiquita’ banana pump biscuits and the Dolce & Gabbana hazelnut daquoise pasta-print midi dress with praline croquant and Gianduja chocolate mousse.  I’d go back again for those alone!

I’ve had afternoon tea at a couple of places now (it’s definitely a favourite treat of mine) and I think this is the best I’ve ever had. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the change to the Autumn/Winter season and trying to plan a return visit! If you’re looking for an extra special afternoon tea I’d highly reccomend The Berkeley.

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16 responses to “Pret A Portea At The Berkeley Hotel”

  1. chichi says:

    tea is my favourite meal of the day and this one looks delicious!

  2. Tori says:

    Wow – everything is so precise and beautiful! I love afternoon tea so I’ll have to visit one day

  3. Daphne Goh says:

    Wow, I love the fashion designers theme for all the cakes and pastries. They look so pretty and classy and I bet they taste delicious too. This will be a dream come true for me to savor their gluten free version. 🙂

  4. Lynne Harper says:

    I absolutely love going for afternoon tea, a day of feeling spoilt eating delicious foods 🙂 this place looks absolutely amazing:)

  5. Those scones really do look delicious!! Not a crack on them!

  6. Jenni says:

    My mouth is watering! It looks so good and I love the plate set x

  7. I so love the presentation. I hope they really taste great just like how great they’re prepared.

  8. Kitty Kaos says:

    Oh my now thats what I call an afternoon tea it looks delicious x

  9. Oh wow. That does look very sophisticated ad importantly, tasty. Great that they would cater for veggies and vegans as well.

  10. This looks and sounds fab. I love club sandwiches and the banana shoe cookie is super cute.

  11. Wow those scones look absolutely incredible, I am a huge fan of afternoon tea’s but this looks like an amazing version x

  12. Agata says:

    Everything looks just perfect! What a great way to treat yourself to a special afternoon tea.

  13. What a showstopping afternoon tea at the Berkley Hotel! Everything looked absolutely gorgeous. I love the fashion theme.

  14. I think I’m in love with the crockery – how pretty is that! The food looks and sounds very well thought out. Do you know whether they cater for veggies and vegans? They must have used a set square for the sandwiches, too, they are absolutely perfect.

    Thank you for the review and recommendation, I reckon I would give it a go if I am in London and they do veggie/vegan options.

  15. Emma says:

    Oh looks lovely! One for my list!

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