As it happens to be Chocolate Week this week (15th to 21th October), it seems apt to feature the May Fair Kitchen’s indulgent chocolate-themed afternoon tea, where they have teamed up with prestigious chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker, to create their exclusive Signature Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea.

Located on Stratton Street in the heart of Mayfair, the May Fair Kitchen is located in the award winning five-star Mayfair Hotel London. The décor was simple yet elegant – I was definitely partial towards their marble table tops and rose gold detailing. A warm and welcoming oasis, we forgot about the grey weather outside, our day made better as we clinked our glasses of chilled champagne. After warming ourselves up with our pots of Earl Grey and peppermint tea, our afternoon tea treats arrived, neatly presented on a pretty rose gold classic three-tiered stand.

There was a nice variety of bread bases for the savoury sandwiches which included:

Honey roast ham with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on brioche bread
Scottish smoked salmon with lemon butter on dill bread
Rare roast beef with horseradish mayonnaise on black pepper bread
Cucumber with mint cream cheese on tomato bread
Cheese and red onion on caraway seed bread

They also kindly accommodated my guest’s vegetarian dietary requirements and substituted the meat-filled sandwiches with toast topped with sauteed mushrooms and smashed avocado.

Classic plain scones were given a tasty twist with their Sicilian lemon scones and Charbonnel et Walker chocolate scones, served with orange preserve and vanilla mascarpone.

We eventually made it to the top tier – I love saving the sweet selection for last because it’s usually my favourite part. Each one had elements of Charbonnel et Walker chocolate cleverly incorporated into it, of course – they all looked so tempting that I was undecided on which to tuck into first.
The flourless chocolate and orange cake was lovely and moist, and the tiramisu with Charbonnel et Walker chocolate shavings was light and creamy, as it should be.

And let’s not forget about those cute mini sugar-coated doughnuts that were made more indulgent by dipping into that luscious chocolate sauce. I couldn’t let the remaining sauce go to waste and ended up spooning up the rest til there was none left. You can probably tell that I’m a huge chocolate lover! For the fans of Charbonnel et Walker, you will probably be familiar with their crowd-pleasing assortment of truffles that were served alongside the desserts: Pink Marc de Champagne truffles, dusted milk sea salt caramel truffles, and their decadent dark chocolate crowns.

If you have a sweet-tooth and love chocolate as much as I do, then this is undoubtedly an experience not to be missed!

The May Fair Kitchen’s Signature Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person or £45 per person with a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV. It is served Monday to Friday from 2pm – 4:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 1pm – 4:30pm – reservations can be made via the website.

  • I was a guest at May Fair Kitchen – all views and photos are my own.

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