Restaurant review: Jurassic Afternoon Tea at Apero in South Kensington
- Published on Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:20
- Last Updated on 22 March 2023
- Monica Costa
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The Apero at Ampersand Hotel‘s new Jurassic Afternoon Tea is a must-try experience for families looking for a unique way to fuel up before or after exploring the Exhibition Road museums in South Kensington. The tea takes its inspiration from the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth over 200 million years ago, and it is evident from the presentation and taste of the treats that a lot of thought has gone into creating the experience.
The tea is served in the hotel’s Apero restaurant, which has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and they go out of their way to make guests feel at home. They offered us a private room separated by curtains from the main dining area. The menu features a range of savoury and sweet treats that are sure to please both adults and children. The T-Rex cheese straws and Dinosaur jam sandwiches are great for younger guests, while the Mini hot dogs and homemade scones will be enjoyed by all. It’s fair to say that the freshly baked scones are the best I have ever tried in the Capital. And I get to review a lot of restaurants.
The sweet treats are the real stars of the show, with the Raspberry & lemon crémeux volcano eruption stealing the spotlight. The dessert is presented in a glass and resembles a volcano, complete with smoke effects (the dry ice creates the realistic volcanic burst). The eruption of raspberry and lemon crémeux is delicious and has a lovely tartness that cuts through the sweetness. The Dark chocolate & caramel dinosaur egg nest is another standout, with a crunchy chocolate shell hiding a gooey caramel centre. The Mixed berries T-Rex footprint macaron is perfectly sized and has a delicate flavour that isn’t too overpowering. The White chocolate & blackcurrant Jurassic mountain mousse is a refreshing treat that is light and fluffy, and the Mini dinosaur biscuit & milk chocolate fossil is a cute and tasty addition to the tea.
For the adults, there is a range of drink options to choose from, including Champagne, alcohol-free sparkling rosé, and specially created cocktails. The Dino Sour and T-Rex Mex are both excellent choices, with the former having a sweet and sour flavour that is well balanced, while the latter has a lovely herbal note from the basil that is complemented by the hibiscus-infused tequila.
The pricing for the Jurassic Afternoon Tea is reasonable, with children’s options starting from £35 and adults’ from £49.50. The restaurant’s location in South Kensington makes it an ideal spot for families visiting the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, and the tea provides a welcome break from exploring the exhibits.
Overall, the Ampersand Hotel’s Jurassic Afternoon Tea is a delightful experience that will be enjoyed by both children and adults. The menu is well thought out and presented, and the staff at Apero is welcoming and accommodating. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family, and it’s highly recommended for anyone looking for a unique and fun way to enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea (with a preistoric twist).
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums