The Laurent-Perrier garden has long been a fixture at the Chelsea Flower Show and this years collaboration with designer Ulf Nordjell was one of my show favourites, snapping up a well deserved gold for their contemporary take on a romantic garden which married both English and French styles.
So when I heard that The Dorchester Hotel was celebrating the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a special Laurent-Perrier Floral Afternoon Tea, I was on the telephone quicker than you can say "53 Park Lane" booking my table to join in the fun.
To coincide with the event, The Dorchester Hotel's executive Chef, Henry Brosi designed a collection of floral-inspired cakes and pastries for little old me to enjoy alongside my favourite rose champagne. How could I resist?
To begin with, the most deliciously refreshing Passion fruit pannacotta chocolate cup to cleanse the palate. I'm swooning already!
I opted for my favourite Arabian Mint Garden tea, I think Hercules chose the Puttabong Queen 1st Flush Darjeeling Tea in the end but I can't be sure, I was far too busy politely filling my face with cake you see.
OK, perhaps just one more....on behalf of the RHS of course!
A perfectly relaxed ambiance. The flower filled promenade was beautifully scented by Roja Dove Laurent-Perrier candles accompanied by a mellow pianist playing in the background.
Fresh scones were served alongside a 'Candied Lemon', a lemon-shaped sponge cake filled with lemon crémeux and a white chocolate flocage; 'Violet’s Garden', a red berry & violet mousse on a crunchy short bread with crystallized violets; and ‘Lavender basket’, a dark chocolate tartlet infused with lavender with a spun sugar handle. All served with that unmistakable, Dorchester elegance!
The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA