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The Lanesborough launches charity afternoon tea

The Lanesborough afternoon tea

The Lanesborough marks Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea in support of charity mothers2mothers.

In the fine, elegant surrounds of its Celeste restaurant, The Lanesborough hotel is hosting a special charity afternoon tea throughout March in partnership with mothers2mothers, a charity that aims to educate and support HIV-positive mothers on how to protect their babies from HIV infection and keep them and their families healthy. For each tea served, the hotel will donate £5 to the charity. It’s a fitting time for a worthy cause and all the more reason to treat your own mothers, not just on the day but throughout the month.

Start the experience by picking from an extensive choice of teas – the Rose of the Orient’s floral notes is irresistible. That and the beautiful (and extremely hot, so mind your eager fingers) silver teapot that houses it. Then go straight in for the bite-sized sandwiches. There are five classic fillings including a wake-up-the-palate Coronation chicken and a brilliantly simple but tasty ham, honey mustard and aged Cheddar cheese variety.

A batch of homemade plain and apricot scones are brought out on demand so they’re still wonderfully warm at the table, accompanied by pots of strawberry preserve, zingy lemon curd and clotted cream. Then it’s up to you to top your scones off just the way you like it.

You may want to take it easy for just a few minutes before diving into cake and pastry heaven. Chocolate and fruit feature heavily (absolutely no complaints here) with indulgent creations such as a creamy passion fruit and mango mousse dome topped with delicate orange blossom Chantilly, a crumbly grapefruit and almond tart with shortbread biscuits topped with a special mothers2mothers chocolate button and even a posh, Lanesborough twist on a “Ferrero Rocher” chocolate filled with vanilla and hazelnut praline – we dare say it might be better than the original.

There’s a damn fine roasted pineapple and speculoos biscuit tart too that is perfectly sweet with no sharp, tangy shocks and a large chocolate madeleine filled and topped with salted caramel – a winning combination, which sums up the tea and collaboration to a tee.

The Lanesborough Celeste restaurant

The Mother’s Day afternoon tea costs £48 per person (£62 per person with a glass of Champagne Taittinger) and is available until 24 March 2016.
lanesborough.com / m2m.org