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The Berkeley unveils a creative new afternoon tea by renowned pastry chef Cédric Grolet

This September, Cédric Grolet – one of the world’s best pastry chefs unveils ‘Goutea’, Grolet’s fusion of goûter (the French tradition of sweet snacking) and best of British afternoon tea at the Berkeley. With a string of accolades citing him as the best pastry chef in the world, Grolet is known for his trompe-l'œil artistry and legendary Instagram channel which has a following of 3.6 million, which he runs himself with signature flair and spontaneity.

First, guests seated in the surroundings of The Berkeley Café designed by Remi Tessier, will be welcomed with an iced vanilla tea. Grolet’s cake stand – perfectly paired with tea, coffee or champagne – showcases two savoury and five sweet creations.

The menu will evolve and change with the seasons but for Autumn Grolet features the chef’s iconic vanilla flower, a Paris Brest, a pistachio cookie and, for a purist English nod, a scone with cream and jam. The sweet piece de resistance is a glistening trompe-l'œil green apple which, inside, features fresh apple and dill. The savoury goodies are Grolet’s highly intricate take on avocado on toast and a trompe-l'œil burrata which reveals tomato gel and basil pesto when cut open. A mini comté cheese and bacon quiche, warm from the oven, will be bought to table mid-service to complete the savoury offering. In true Cédric Grolet style, surprising touches will be presented throughout the service such as chef’s circulating the room with trays of freshly baked madeleines.

Cédric Grolet’s Goutea at The Berkeley is £85 per person, served seven days a week and bookable at noon, 2pm and 4pm.


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