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Jumeirah Carlton Tower is crowned winner of the inaugural Afternoon Tea of the Year 2018


Jumeirah Carlton Tower is crowned winner of the inaugural Afternoon Tea of the Year 2018

Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Symphony Afternoon Tea is named the best Afternoon Tea in the UK, following live final

London, 24 June 2018: Jumeirah Carlton Tower has been named the Afternoon Tea of the Year 2018, following a live final in Westminster. Whittled down from 100 entries ,16 hotels travelled to Westminster to compete in a live cook-off for the title of Afternoon Tea of the Year, with Jumeirah Carlton Tower taking the title of best overall Afternoon Tea.

The competition required competitors to prepare and perfect their Afternoon Tea for presentation in 30 minutes, then serve their Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings in just 15 minutes, just as it would usually be served to guests. Due to the stringent timings and the fact that competitors did not have access to a freezer, the team even had to motorbike the sorbet from the hotel minutes before serving to ensure that it was served at optimal temperature. Team members for Jumeirah Carlton Tower included Executive Chef Simon Young, Head Pastry Chef Lyece Major and Tea Sommelier Tenna Friis. The team put forward their Symphony Afternoon Tea; fashioned upon the four movements of a symphonic orchestral experience and inspired from the resident harpist that serenades diners during every Afternoon Tea service. To complement the four course Afternoon Tea presented on the day, the team served English Breakfast Tea and Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rose. What’s more, a pre-loaded speaker tantalised the judges with classical music to recreate the in-house harpist at the hotel.

The Afternoon Tea of the Year awards were created by Hotel F&B Magazine as a response to the rise of innovative and outstanding interpretations of the tradition of British Afternoon Tea. Editor of Hotel F&B magazine Joe Bill said: “From dry ice to Disney themes, beer pairing to musical accompaniment and the traditional to the ultra-modern, the innovation we have seen from the finalists has really blown the judges away. The standard of food and tea pairings was exceptional. Some of these hotels have spent years refining their afternoon tea service and they really brought their ‘A’ game the first ever awards.

The Symphony Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower is a harmony of flavours. The taste performance begins with the Overture; a selection of savoury cones proposed to set the tone of your experience. Savoury Symphonies are next, including a contemporary twist on traditional afternoon tea savouries such as a Brioche bridge roll with Loch Fyne smoked salmon and duck egg mayonnaise. Following this is the sweet serenades, including a mini tiramisu with whipped coffee ganache and a Siciliian pistachio éclair with cranberry compote. As with every great Symphony, the Finale is last, and guests finish their experience with a delicate coconut and lemongrass sorbet.

Simon Young, Executive Head Chef at Jumeirah Carlton Tower said “We put an enormous amount of work into perfecting our Symphony Afternoon Tea for the competition. I never doubted that the passion, dedication and ambition of my team would pay off somehow, but still am trying to process the fact that we won Afternoon Tea of the Year! My Head Pastry Chef Lyece has recently been promoted and I’m so pleased that his talent has been recognised in this way as it’s so important to encourage young people in the industry who will ultimately be tomorrow’s leaders.”   

Located just off Sloane Street, Jumeirah Carlton Tower offers luxurious accommodation and generous hospitality in the heart of London’s most fashionable shopping district. Symphony Afternoon Tea will be served daily in the Chinoiserie lounge where Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s resident harpist creates the perfect atmosphere for opulence, by serenading guests with melodies from 3pm to 6pm every day. The Symphony Afternoon Tea experience costs £45 per person or £55 including a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier. For the summer months, the pastry team have created a British Summer Season Afternoon Tea to celebrate several special dates on the British calendar including as Ascot, The Proms, Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon. The award winning Symphony Afternoon Tea will be back on the menu from September 2018 on an ongoing basis.

For more information on the Symphony Afternoon Tea, visit www.jumeirah.com/chinoiserie

To reserve a table for tea, call +44 (0)20 7858 7185 or email jctdining@jumeirah.com.

Follow Jumeirah Carlton Tower on social media @JumeirahCT. 


Notes to Editors:  

About Jumeirah Carlton Tower: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, is a landmark hotel acknowledged as one of London’s finest. The hotel is noted for its fine dining, exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa and enviable location off Sloane Street – the capital’s most fashionable shopping area. Jumeirah Carlton Tower offers 216 rooms and suites, individually styled with a calm and contemporary feel, together with dining in the Chinoiserie lounge, The Rib Room and The Club Room.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates and manages a world-class portfolio of 15 properties in the Middle East including the flagship Burj Al Arab, 5 properties in Europe and 2 in Asia with 18 properties currently under construction around the globe.

For further information or images please contact:

Beth Mitchell
Assistant PR & Communications Manager
Jumeirah Carlton Tower & Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
+44 (0)207 858 7160


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