Tea Time Redefined: Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG

In an exciting collaboration, Sofitel London St James has joined forces with the iconic brand SMEG to redefine the afternoon tea experience. The result? “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG,” a culinary adventure that seamlessly blends the rich French heritage of Sofitel with SMEG’s celebrated Italian design sensibilities. This unique tea affair promises to transport guests to a realm of culinary innovation and delight, all while allowing SMEG enthusiasts to indulge in the brand even further.

Tea Time Redefined: Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG

A Modern Gastronomic Journey

This groundbreaking venture unfolds in the enchanting Rose Lounge of the Sofitel London St James. What makes it truly remarkable is the integration of SMEG’s signature appliances as both captivating decor elements and essential tools for crafting select dishes tableside, creating an imaginative and theatrical dining experience.

Curated by Pastry Chef Lerrick Coelho, the menu of “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” is a tribute to the best of French and Italian culinary traditions. It seamlessly combines inspiration from both Sofitel and SMEG’s home nations to create a memorable culinary fusion.

For those with a penchant for savoury delights, the offerings include a Cheese Chilli Panini, paying homage to Italy’s Lombard region, creatively served from a SMEG TSF01 toaster’s sandwich rack. Other delectable options include Scottish Smoked Salmon with Dill Crème Fraiche on a Beetroot slice and a Truffle Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich on wholewheat bread.

SMEG’s Italian heritage continues to influence the menu, with a selection of sweets that includes a fig and mascarpone Maritozzi from Rome and a Milanese Rum Panettone served with freshly whipped Chantilly Cream from SMEG’s iconic SMF03 stand mixer. The experience culminates with an Affogato, expertly prepared using Smeg’s barista-quality EGF Espresso Machine. To top it all off, a Smeg FAB28 fridge is on display, offering sparkling tea and Champagne for guests to enjoy a glass of fizz.

A Teatime Spectacle

As guests settle into the Rose Lounge, they are treated to a captivating display of the preparation of The Rose Lounge’s signature rose tea. This aromatic infusion, featuring the delicate flavours of rose, bergamot, and hibiscus, is prepared tableside by the attentive waitstaff.

The grand finale of this extraordinary afternoon tea experience is a specially crafted chocolate course that holds a secret. Two golden tickets are concealed within the sweet creation, and between now and the summer of 2024, two lucky finders will win a sumptuous overnight stay at Sofitel London St James and a Smeg stand mixer for their home (T&Cs apply).

Tea Time Redefined: Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG

Children are not left out of the enchantment at the Rose Lounge. Younger guests can partake in a playful and theatrical experience featuring smoothies made using Smeg’s PBF01 personal blender, delightful finger sandwiches, and a biscuit canvas with edible paint. At the Rose Lounge, there’s no age limit to enjoying the cherished traditions of afternoon tea.

An Unforgettable Experience

“Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” is available for indulgence until the summer of 2024. The serving hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Sunday. The experience is priced at £70 per person, with an option to enhance it with a glass of Champagne for £80. For younger guests, the Children’s Afternoon Tea is available at £40.

“Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” at Sofitel London St James is not just a culinary experience; it’s a journey into the heart of sophistication and innovation. The collaboration between Sofitel and SMEG represents a meeting of two worlds – the elegance of French hospitality and the sleek, iconic design of Italian appliances.

Imagine stepping into the Rose Lounge, a haven of luxury and refinement, where SMEG’s signature appliances take centre stage. The ambience is set with the display of SMEG’s iconic FAB28 fridge, offering a selection of sparkling tea and Champagne for those who wish to add a touch of bubbly delight to their afternoon.

The Culinary Artistry

Under the masterful guidance of Pastry Chef Lerrick Coelho, the menu of “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” is a true gastronomic delight. It is a fusion of French and Italian influences, resulting in a harmonious symphony of flavours and textures.

Begin your culinary journey with savoury treats that pay tribute to Italy’s Lombard region. The Cheese Chilli Panini, creatively served from a SMEG TSF01 toaster’s sandwich rack, is a tantalizing start. Pair it with Scottish Smoked Salmon with Dill Crème Fraiche on Beetroot slice, a combination that dances on your taste buds. And don’t forget the Truffle Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich on wholewheat bread, a sophisticated twist on a classic favourite.

Tea Time Redefined: Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG

For those with a sweet tooth, “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” offers an array of Italian-inspired desserts. The fig and mascarpone Maritozzi, originating from Rome, is a delightful blend of sweetness and creaminess. Accompanying it is the Milanese Rum Panettone, served with freshly whipped Chantilly Cream from SMEG’s iconic SMF03 stand mixer. To complete your dessert experience, indulge in an Affogato prepared with precision using Smeg’s barista-quality EGF Espresso Machine.

A Teatime Performance

One of the highlights of “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” is the captivating tableside preparation of The Rose Lounge’s signature rose tea. Watch in awe as your waiter infuses this fragrant concoction, blending the essence of rose, bergamot, and hibiscus before your very eyes. It’s a sensory experience that adds a touch of theatre to your afternoon tea.

As you savour the culinary delights, there’s an exciting surprise waiting for you in the form of a specially crafted chocolate course. Within this sweet masterpiece lie two golden tickets. Discover one, and you’ll be the fortunate winner of a sumptuous overnight stay at Sofitel London St James. But that’s not all – you’ll also receive a Smeg stand mixer to grace your home, courtesy of SMEG (T&Cs apply). It’s a chance to extend the magic of “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” beyond the Rose Lounge and into your own kitchen.

A Delight for Young Palates

Families are warmly welcomed at the Rose Lounge, and younger guests can delight in their own version of afternoon tea. Smeg’s PBF01 personal blender takes centre stage, creating playful and colourful smoothies that are as delicious as they are fun. Alongside the smoothies are finger sandwiches designed to appeal to young taste buds, ensuring that children can enjoy the same delightful traditions as the adults.

“Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” is a limited-time offering, available until the summer of 2024. So, seize the opportunity to embark on this culinary journey that seamlessly combines tradition and innovation, all within the elegant confines of the Rose Lounge. The serving hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Sunday, making it the perfect treat for any day of the week.

Elevate Your Afternoon

In conclusion, “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” at Sofitel London St James is not merely a tea affair; it’s a culinary rendezvous of the highest order. The collaboration between two iconic brands – Sofitel and SMEG – has resulted in an experience that transcends the ordinary. It’s a blend of exquisite flavours, captivating theatrics, and the elegance of French and Italian traditions.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine teas, a lover of delectable pastries, or someone seeking a touch of whimsy, “Afternoon Tea Avec SMEG” has something for everyone. It’s an invitation to elevate your afternoon, to indulge in the finer things in life, and to create lasting memories in the heart of London.

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