TEA FOR DEUX – PAUL TAKES ON THE GREAT BRITISH AFTERNOON TEA, IN INIMITABLE FRENCH STYLE
The great English tradition of Afternoon Tea is generally accepted to have been started in the nineteenth century by Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. In those days, your luncheon was served rather early and your evening meal didn’t make an appearance until 8.00 or 9.00 pm, and the Duchess found that she was feeling rather peckish in the afternoons. She started having a pot of tea and some sweet refreshments served between 3.00 and 4.00 pm to tide her over until the evening meal. Then she started inviting some friends to join her. In due course, this became all the rage. Inevitably a whole range of tea-ware was developed to make this a special ‘occasion’. Afternoon tea flourished, and there used to be many dedicated ‘tea rooms’, such as Lyons Corner House, but sadly these went out of fashion after the war.
Thanks to the resurgence in the popularity of home baking, cake making and cake decorating, home cooked afternoon tea for friends and family has made a big comeback. The traditional and elegant Afternoon Tea is a staple at many great hotels and is still a great thing to ‘do’ in London. And it’s true that as pauses for refreshments go, Afternoon Tea, with its tempting array of savoury and sweet treats, usually presented on a tiered cake stand, accompanied by a pot of tea (or these days coffee or hot chocolate, or a glass of bubbly) is hard to beat.
So what made us think that we could take on the English at their own game? Well, apart from having to overcome the undeniable disadvantage of our nationality, as a family bakery established since 1889, we know a thing or two about very elegant cakes and delicious little sandwiches made with freshly baked bread. We don’t attempt to compete with you in the area of scones – wise decision - but we find that sweet brioche buns served with cream and our own recipe jam make a very acceptable substitute. We have been serving Afternoon Tea with a French accent in our Covent Garden Restaurant de PAUL for some time now, and it is also available in the City, at Le Restaurant de PAUL in Tower 42 in Old Broad Street.
Book online to join us for Afternoon Tea during Afternoon Tea Week, 8th – 14th August, enjoy our French take on an English classic and take a free box of Mini Macaroons home with you.
Terms & Conditions: complimentary box of mini macarons only when booking online. 1 box of mini macarons per Afternoon Tea booked. Subject to product availability at the time of the visit, Not in conjunction to any other offer. Offer valid only from Monday 8th until Sunday 14th August 2016 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. PAUL Tower 42 opens only Monday to Friday.
IT’S AFTERNOON TEA WEEK AT LE RESTAURANT DE PAUL.
GET A FREE BOX OF 12 MINI MACAROONS WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE