After an amazing two weeks in Thailand, somehow it was almost time to go home. But not before a few more treats… We knew the holiday blues would start setting in before we had even left and so organised a couple of experiences to see out the holiday in true luxury! We started with afternoon tea at The Peninsula Bangkok.
Set right on the riverside, The Peninsula is set in one of the best locations in this sprawling city. With a boat to take you from one side of the river right to the bank of the hotel, you’ll arrive in style for your tea date!
We toasted what had been a frankly incredible trip with cold glasses of The Peninsula’s own champagne as we looked out onto the river.
Bangkok isn’t my favourite city in the world, but there’s something magical about watching all the boats go up and down the Chao Phraya River through the full-length windows.
Maybe it’s just me that does this, but at the end of every trip I always ask whoever I’m traveling with for their favourite hotel, foodie highlight and overall highlight. As we discussed each of these in turn, we perused the afternoon tea menus and decided what to order.
Since we were visiting in February, afternoon tea at The Peninsula came in two forms: the classic, traditional tea serving and the Valentines’ Day serving. As always, unable to choose between them, the answer of “one of each” came pretty quickly!
Did you know that The Peninsula Bangkok makes over 300 variations of chocolates every day?! What I also loved from the luxury city hotel was that the hotel chefs grow a range of chemical-free herbs and vegetables, such as Thai eggplant, fennel, lemongrass, kaffir lime, basil, pandan leaf and more, all meaning that the food is as fresh as possible.
Sweets on the Valentines’ Day serving included a strawberry pink macaron, a lychee and raspberry topped sponge, and a strawberry choux pastry that was as light and delicious as any you’ll find in France. And don’t even get me started on the triple chocolate and coffee cake…
The traditional sandwiches were cleared to make way for inventive, beautiful and most importantly, delicious open sandwiches and puffs. Perfectly smoked salmon on rye bread and a lobster and caviar puff were my highlights on this layer. I also enjoyed the duck liver pate topped with raspberry and blackberry – a really unusual combination that I felt worked really, really well.
But it’s not really afternoon tea until you’ve had scones, is it? The classic plain scone was joined by a strawberry scone. Both, of course, ended up with layers of indulgent clotted cream and strawberry jam!
Afternoon tea is served in The Lobby, a beautiful but casual area in the heart of the hotel with the best views of the river.
The traditional afternoon tea was as classic and British as well, afternoon tea is! With firm favourites including smoked salmon, coronation chicken and very prettily plated cucumber sandwich, traditionalists will be delighted with this silver service.
But it’s the sweet layer of this silver cake that’s the highlight. A pistachio macaron, a raspberry delight, and to top it all off – the most beautiful chocolate ice cream right in the centre of the plate. A crisp white chocolate outside, but not with the cool ice cream you’re expecting on the inside, but a very indulgent dark chocolate cream!
If you still have room after the chocolate overload, there’s a blueberry tart and a lemon meringue tart too to cleanse your palette!
And trust me when I say, it’s one of the most beautiful tea services I’ve ever had. With constant tea top ups too, you’re more than welcome to sit, enjoy your tea in your own time and listen to the live band!
The perfect end to a perfect trip; it’s a highlight of our time in Bangkok and I’d say you’re missing out if you leave the city without a visit to this stunning 5* hotel.
And with a view like this, I’d leave at least a couple of hours to enjoy it…
333 Charoennakorn Road
Our afternoon tea was complimentary.