The best afternoon tea in the UK has been discovered, after Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey was crowned champion at the recent Afternoon Tea of the Year awards.
Last week, 12 finalists from hotels around the UK gathered at Westminster Boating Base in Pimlico, London, to present their signature afternoon teas.
Sarah Frankland, head pastry chef, and Jennifer Byrde, assistant manager at Pennyhill Park, who worked together on their afternoon tea concept, were judged on criteria including sweet and savoury flavours, service and presentation.
Byrde and Frankland, who finished second in this year’s Bake Off: The Professionals, produced an elegant service starting with a croque madame, followed by finger sandwiches, a coconut parfait and yuzu granita, golden sultana and plain scones and seasonal classic pastries with a modern twist.
On winning the competition, Frankland, said: “It’s incredible to win after working on the concept for over a year and refining it to make it the best for our guests. Brits love afternoon tea and it’s so nice to be recognised for it.”
Byrde added: “It’s a bonus to win because we enjoyed the whole process so much.”
Jill Sayles, editor of Hotel F&B magazine, which runs the awards, said: “It was great to see so much talent and creativity go into the presentations. The 12 finalists worked really hard and the judges were impressed by how innovative the creations were.”
Pennyhill Park was awarded £1,000 for being the overall winner. Two other winners were also crowned on the day. Best Tasting Afternoon Tea of the Year went to London Hilton Park Lane; and Best Presented Afternoon Tea of the Year went to Polurrian on the Lizard, Cornwall.
The Afternoon Tea of the Year 2019 Awards Winners:
Afternoon Tea of the Year 2019 – Pennyhill Park, Surrey
Best Tasting Afternoon Tea of the Year – London Hilton Park Lane
Best Presented Afternoon Tea of the Year – Polurrian on the Lizard, Cornwall