Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Review: Afternoon tea at Marcos Kenilworth

I don't think I need to say it again- I love afternoon tea. So much so that I drove to Kenilworth last week to try out the offering at Marco's New York Italian. I recently reviewed their dinner offering. Check out my review of Marco's Kenilworth.

The lovely restaurant manager talked us through their impressive tea list. The teas are all from India and blended by a company based in local Wootten Wawen. I was excited to get to look at the leaves and the different ingredients used with them. There are some really interesting and clever blends.

I started with Champagne Sencha- a green tea with chamomile blossom and strawberry slices. This was a clever combination that really did mimic the flavour of champagne. Despite this it was light and refreshing. I also tried Cranberry and Rose Sencha- green tea with cranberry, raspberry and rosebuds. This was a little sweeter and worked perfectly with the cakes and desserts.

As well as green tea there is the usual selection of black, fruit and rooibos teas- all made with leaves and real fruit. A very impressive start to the afternoon.

Onto the main event- the food! It was a very traditional tier but everything was such great quality. If you've read my afternoon tea reviews before you will know I like to see a quirky or interesting savoury selection. This afternoon tea had the standard salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and ham and dijon mustard sandwiches. What put them above other sandwiches was the generosity and quality of the fillings. I particularly enjoyed the smoked salmon one.

The sweet layer was very generous. Mini tiramisu and mini panna cotta were both excellent sizes- not too large, but not a silly shot glass size either. The mini brownies were lovely and I took one home with me. The pecan tart was a lovely touch, it was gooey and sweet with generous crunchy pecans. I also liked the addition of the strawberries, a little freshness to cut through the heavy food.

The scones were delicious. The manager told us they are finished off in the pizza oven which is such a clever idea. It meant the scones were delightfully crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

The Afternoon Tea menu is available 2.30-5pm Monday- Saturday. Booking is advised and can be done through the website 
They can provide for different dietary requirements so let them know when you book and they will provide something yummy for you.
There is, of course, the option to have fizz with your food.

I had a lovely time chatting and eating with fellow blogger Alev from Bella and Robot. You will be able to read her take on the Marcos's offerings soon.

I even had time for an outfit photo! Throwback to my early blogging days.

Top: Tesco, Skirt: Tesco, Ballet Pumps: M&S

I was invited to Afternoon Tea at Marcos Kenilworth in return for my honest feedback.
Photos by me except the last one which was taken by lovely Alev from Bella and Robot.

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