|Popping up in Whitehall’s dramatic Banqueting House from this week until 28 August is a brand new summer restaurant. Set within the iconic building’s Great Hall, guests can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea by renowned catering company Party Ingredients showcasing the finest food and wines from around the British Isles.
Two traditional afternoon teas will be served everyday: The Rubens Tea and The King’s Tea. The Rubens features Organic smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches in handmade granary bread, lavender fruit scones with Cornish clotted cream & Kentish strawberry jam and summer fruit tartlets with peaches and redcurrant
And then the King’s Tea sees an additional variety of sandwiches including roast Hereford beef with horseradish to Coronation egg & cress and poached Scottish salmon & rocket and then double chocolate brownies and Victoria sponge with raspberries and cream. And what better to wash it all down with than a glass of Nutty Brut English Sparkling Wine?
Exclusive private luncheons can be booked for 15 or more people – ideal for both celebratory get-togethers or corporate events – where you can enjoy the Indigo Jones Banqueting House Luncheon featuring delicious options including Chargrilled asparagus, Carmarthenshire lamb and Kentish summer berries.
But beyond the raspberries and cream it’s your surroundings that are beyond doubt the piece de resistance and you’ll dine beneath the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting by Peter Paul Rubens. The ten and twenty foot canvasses, painted and installed back in 1636, depict famous historical events: The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I. But unlike Charles I, whose last sight it was before he lost his head, do try to keep yours in the excitement!
Banqueting House, Corner of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall.