von Essen’s Cliveden House, one of the leading luxury hotels in Britain, has unveiled the world’s most expensive afternoon tea – which carries a whopping price tag of £550 per couple.
The mouth-watering afternoon tea, available for two people, was created by Executive Head Chef Carlos Martinez. The afternoon tea includes white truffles at a £2,500 per kilogram, Beluga Caviar at a staggering £4,000 per kilogram and Da Hong Pao Tea, which is harvested from one thousand year old plants and is so rare that it costs over £2,000 per kilogram. The afternoon tea is washed down by a glass of Dom Perignon Rose, dubbed the ‘King of Champagnes’.
This afternoon tea contains the famous ‘Cliveden House Chocolate Cake with Gold Leaf’, which uses the most expensive chocolate in the world, Amedi Porcelana.The cake is paired with the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. This South East Asian delicacy is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been digested by civets, then washed and roasted to produce an aromatic flavour, without the usual bitterness of coffee. This unique coffee is so rare that it costs an incredible £50 per cup.
The hotel’s legendary Platinum Club Sandwich is also part of the menu, which priced at £100 was von Essen’s previous ‘world’s most expensive…’ title. This will appear in a mini canapé version and is made from 30-month air-cured Ibérico ham, described by the Spanish as the ‘fourth gastronomic wonder of the world’, poulet de Bresse, white truffles, quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes and 24-hour fermented sour dough bread.
“All hotels in the collection, including Cliveden, are hugely popular for afternoon tea,” says James Parkinson, Executive Head Chef at von Essen hotels group. “We wanted to create the best afternoon tea experience in the world and I think with this selection, we have achieved our goal”.
Cliveden will donate 50% of any profit to Marie Curie Cancer Care from each of the ‘World’s Most Expensive’ afternoon teas sold between June 12th and July 12th 2011 as part of the charity’s Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.