Aquavit London launches Nordic Afternoon Tea
On Monday 27 March, Aquavit London will launch the Nordic Afternoon Tea, offering guests a wonderful array of traditional Nordic delicacies all served in the stylish new restaurant in St James’s Market. Featuring both sweet treats and savoury delights, the afternoon tea will perfectly combine the finest Nordic dishes for which the restaurant has become renowned, with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.
To start, an assortment of open sandwiches will feature classic Nordic flavours such as Gravlax, Shrimp Skagen, and Venison tartare, presented in a contemporary style on the restaurant’s distinctive house-made rye bread.
The culinary journey will continue with a selection of traditional Swedish pastries including Semla, cardamom buns filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream; and Punsch-roll, with crushed cookies and punsch liqueur wrapped in marzipan then dipped in chocolate. Further sweet treats will include Mums Mums, with fluffy marshmallow dipped in chocolate, and Chokladbollar, a favourite amongst children in Sweden and a nostalgic treat for adults.
Furthermore, the Nordic Afternoon Tea will include a selection of the seven different types of cookies, which, according to a Swedish tradition dating back to the 1800s, is the ideal number that should always be offered to guests! The tradition has become so strongly rooted in Swedish culture that the book Sju Sorters Kakor, translated as seven kinds of cookies, has become a staple of Swedish baking ever since it was first published in 1945.
Guests will be able to choose between three different afternoon tea packages, all of which include the four savoury and four sweet dishes as well as a selection of the seven kinds of cookies.
- The Fika Afternoon Tea (£27.50) will include a choice of teas served in a beautiful, floral Rörstrand tea set, or Swedish coffees from Johan & Nyström.
- The Champagne Afternoon Tea (£39) allows guests to indulge in a glass of Ruinart Brut Champagne in addition to the Classic Afternoon Tea
- The Aquavit Afternoon Tea (£65) has been developed in collaboration with the iconic Danish design company, Georg Jensen, being served in an award-winning tea service from designer Henning Koppel. The offering will include a glass of Dom Pérignon, as well as having the addition of freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. This luxurious offering will be perfectly in keeping with the sophisticated Nordic décor that is so characteristic of Aquavit London.
Since opening in November 2016, Aquavit London has been bringing authentic Nordic cuisine and design to London’s thriving food scene. The restaurant’s menus are developed by Executive Chef Henrik Ritzén, along with Emma Bengtsson, Executive Chef of the two Michelin-starred Aquavit New York. Aquavit London serves fantastic Nordic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also offers guests the chance to experience the Swedish tradition of fika, with cinnamon and cardamom buns available to enjoy alongside a coffee throughout the day. The launch of the Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit London, completes the restaurant’s all-day offering, allowing guests to enjoy the British tradition of taking afternoon tea whilst also experiencing the restaurant’s wonderful Nordic cuisine and design.
Nordic Afternoon Tea availability:
Mon-Fri: 3pm – 5.30pm
Sat: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Sun: 3.30pm – 6.00pm
Address: Aquavit, St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ