The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, nestled in the heart of London’s West End, is an iconic institution that has been entertaining audiences for centuries. With its rich history and grandeur, it’s the perfect setting for a memorable Christmas celebration.
Since the 22nd of November, the theatre invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of the season with a special edition Christmas-themed Afternoon Tea experience. Located within the opulent confines of The Lane’s Grand Saloon, this Christmas-themed Afternoon Tea promises to be a culinary journey that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and your heart.
Savoury Delights for a Joyful Start
As you step into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, you’ll be greeted by the warm and inviting atmosphere of The Lane’s Grand Saloon. The beautifully decorated space sets the stage for an enchanting afternoon filled with festive delights.
The Afternoon Tea experience begins with a selection of savoury treats that will tantalize your palate. A warm turkey and cranberry pie, topped with caramelised onion chutney, is the perfect way to start your festive culinary adventure. The combination of tender turkey and the sweet tanginess of cranberry is a match made in heaven.
Next, indulge in a bite-sized English crumpet that’s been elevated to a whole new level. It’s generously slathered with Earl Grey-infused cream cheese and adorned with slices of John Ross Jnr smoked salmon. The subtle floral notes of Earl Grey complement the smoky richness of the salmon, creating a harmonious blend of flavours.
To conclude the savoury section of the Afternoon Tea, you’ll be treated to a savoury madeleine. This delightful pastry is filled with whipped English feta and pickled heritage carrots, offering a unique combination of textures and tastes. The creaminess of the feta contrasts beautifully with the crispness of the carrot, creating a memorable culinary experience.
Sweet Temptations that Sparkle
The star attraction of the Christmas Afternoon Tea is none other than Lily Vanilli’s exquisite fluffy vanilla cake. This masterpiece is generously filled with passionfruit and buttercream, elegantly adorned with festive green piping along the edges, and crowned by a meticulously handcrafted gold chocolate Christmas decoration. It’s not just a dessert; it’s a work of art. The combination of the light and fluffy cake with the zingy passionfruit and creamy buttercream is a taste sensation that will leave you craving more.
But the sweetness doesn’t end there. The menu also boasts a festive spiced chocolate pudding that’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce and garnished with caramelised popcorn. The warm, comforting flavours of the spiced chocolate pudding are perfectly complemented by the rich and gooey salted caramel sauce. The addition of caramelised popcorn adds a delightful crunch to each bite.
For those seeking a taste of the season, a seasonal golden syrup ice cream sandwich awaits. This delectable treat features treacle tart, brown sugar shortbread, and zesty lemon dulce de leche. The combination of sweet treacle tart and tangy lemon dulce de leche is a symphony of flavours that captures the essence of the holidays.
To round off this indulgent experience, traditional warm fruit scones are served, accompanied by jam and cream. The scones are freshly baked to perfection, with a golden crust that gives way to a soft and buttery interior. Spread a dollop of jam and a generous serving of cream on top, and you have the quintessential British treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.
Price and Availability
The Christmas Afternoon Tea experience at Theatre Royal Drury Lane is priced at £59 per person. This includes the delightful array of savoury and sweet treats, as well as the magical ambience of The Lane’s Grand Saloon. You can enjoy this festive treat from the 22nd of November 2023 until the 7th of January 2024.
To secure your spot and indulge in this gastronomic delight, simply visit www.thelane.co.uk to make your online reservation. It’s advisable to book in advance, as this enchanting experience is sure to be in high demand during the holiday season.
A Magical Gift for Theatre Lovers
For theatre enthusiasts who want to bring a piece of the magic home with them, Theatre Royal Drury Lane offers a unique opportunity for Christmas gifting. The very crockery sets used to serve the Christmas Afternoon Tea, designed by Kit and Willow Kemp, are available for purchase.
These bespoke fine bone china sets, aptly named “The Mythical Characters,” pay homage to the rich history of the theatre. The designs on the china and linen table napkins are inspired by illustrations of costume designs from ballets, pantomimes, comic operas, and Edwardian musical comedies.
Each piece in the collection is a work of art in its own right, celebrating the creativity and craftsmanship that have graced the Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage for centuries.
Take a slice of this enchantment home with you, as each item is available for purchase from The Lane’s shop. Prices for these cherished keepsakes start at £85, making them a thoughtful and meaningful gift for any theatre lover.
Own a Piece of Theatre History with a Limited-Edition Cheese Board
For true theatre aficionados, there’s an opportunity to own a unique part of theatre history. Theatre Royal Drury Lane holds the distinction of being the oldest theatre on the same site in the world. In 2019, the theatre underwent a £60 million restoration project, which included replacing the 101-year-old stage floor with the latest technology to enhance the theatrical experience for generations to come.
However, the historic stage floor that had witnessed countless performances did not go to waste. Instead, it was lovingly re-crafted into limited-edition cheeseboards. These cheeseboards are not just functional; they are a piece of theatre history that allows you to own a tangible connection to the world of entertainment.
Priced at £55.00, these cheeseboards are adorned with a plaque that certifies their authenticity and origin. Each time you use one of these cheeseboards to serve your favourite cheeses and accompaniments, you’ll be reminded of the rich history and enduring legacy of Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
In conclusion, Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s Christmas Afternoon Tea promises to be a festive journey filled with delectable delights and opportunities to take home cherished memories of this iconic theatre. Whether you’re seeking a memorable dining experience or the perfect gift for a theatre lover, The Lane has something special in store for you this holiday season.
As you sip on your tea and savour each bite, you’ll be surrounded by the opulence and grandeur that has made Theatre Royal Drury Lane a London landmark for centuries. Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience; book your spot today and make this Christmas truly magical. Experience the warmth, the flavours, and the history that only Theatre Royal Drury Lane can offer. It’s a celebration of the season, a feast for the senses, and an opportunity to be a part of theatre history.