London hotel presents bee afternoon tea

Mayfair's Chesterfield Hotel is serving a bee-themed afternoon tea this summer.

'Afternoon Bee' is said to celebrate both summer and bees, and is going to be served up to September 28th.

All the sweet treats that come with the tea are inspired by summer blooms and honey, and the concept has been prompted by the 60,000 bees living on the hotel's roof.

The tea experience begins with a palette-cleansing iced mint tea, then there are finger sandwiches to enjoy, as well as baked scones with clotted cream, honey and jam.

Other treats include carrot cupcake with honey and ginger cream and strawberry and elderflower cheesecake. There are 16 loose leaf teas to choose from with the Afternoon Bee, which is the work of Ben Kelliher, executive chef at the hotel.

There's the option to go for a Queen Bee Champagne Tea which comes with a glass of fizz, too.

Once they've had their tea, guests can take part in a honey pot lucky dip and get a guaranteed prize – from a discount on another Afternoon Bee to a luxury suite stay at The Chesterfield Mayfair.

There's also a newly minted cocktail on offer at the hotel, which people can sample either as part of the Afternoon Bee or on its own. This is called the English Mint Julep and counts honey among its ingredients.

Other Afternoon Bee sweet treats which will be served by people in hospitality jobs at the hotel include strawberry tart, a chocolate mousse with chocolate almond 'soil' served up in a flowerpot, and honey and rosemary macaroons, which feature a chocolate ganache.

The teas that can be picked from include a rosebud infusion and Elderflower and Lemon Verbena.

A famed place to take afternoon tea, The Chesterfield has been given The Tea Guild's Awards of Excellence several times.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.

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