The Ivy Brasserie not long ago opened its doors in Kensington, extending it’s elegant and classical dining experiences into the buzzing West London area. The Ivy had long resisted expansion, keeping it’s exclusive Covent Garden location as the one and only place to enjoy their contemporary, unfussy food in the green and gold gilded restaurant, which was famed for attracting a celeb-heavy crowd.
Now you can enjoy a more relaxed dining experience in the Ivy Brasserie Kensington, without the long wait-list for a table. After only opening its doors in December, the restaurant has wasted no time in putting on exceptional experiences and has teamed up with the luxurious French champagne house Perrier-Jouët to launch the ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Afternoon Tea. You can enjoy an array of delicious treats under a stunning installation of beautiful origami butterflies which are suspended from the ceiling above; perfect for a Valentine’s Day experience.
The tea, naturally comes with a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne which immediately sets the tone of elegance and luxury. You can then work your way through a tower of tempting treats which includes a smoked salmon and cream cheese blini, a fresh and simple cucumber sandwich and an exception truffle-chicken roll. No afternoon tea would be complete without scones with cream and jam and the Ivy scones did not disappoint. They were deliciously light and dotted with sultanas; the perfect carrier for the clotted cream and rich strawberry jam.
Finally the top tier of the afternoon tea contained a range of beautifully-crafted cakes including the classic chocolate opera cake, a lavender macaroon, a fruit cake slice and a mini lemon meringue pastry. It was all exceptional – the macaroon was delicately flavoured with lavender and had the chewy, crunch you would hope for in a macaroon. The sweet little lemon meringue pie was delightful, with a tangy curd and crisp, buttery pastry. It was an afternoon of sweet indulgence and one I would highly recommend. It would make a wonderful treat for your loved one, whether that’s your partner, your mother or just a friend in need of some TLC. In my opinion there’s no better way to express affection than through bubbles and cake.
You also receive an origami butterfly with the tea, which can be opened up to reveal a special message and for some lucky people a luxury prize, which ranges from a glass of Perrier-jouet for two or a meal in the restaurant.
The afternoon tea is available until 15th February 2016 and is priced at £27.50 per person.