Thursday, 21 July 2011

Hush Hush Tea Time

Before you snigger at my pretentious poshness, let me clarify: I am not a regular Afternoon Tea goer. The sums simply dont add up; finger sandwiches, mini pastries, scones and some unheard of tea species branded with a Royal name cost a whopping £40 at Ritz or The Dorchester per person; more peasant-friendly establishments still demand no less than £25 each. What do they put in those sandwiches?

So what prompted me to a pompous afternoon snack at Hush? A special offer, thanks.

The Silver Room was located behind velvet curtains above a set of spiral stairs. The room was brightly lit with natural lights against white walls and a modestchandelier. We were shown to our table with the full kit already laid out. We opted for the Hendricks High Tea with a couple of cocktails each. Hendricks is a gin specialist afterall.

Hush Wolfsberry - Hendrick's Gin infused with Rose Petals and Goji Berries, Goji Liqueur, Edible Flower
Hendrick's Spring - Hendrick's Gin infused with Lavender and Cucumber, Lavender Flower

My Rooibos Breakfast tea was very fruity but Misters Gunpowder was just any regular green tea.

Forman's Smoked Salmon on Granary Brown; English Cucumber on White Bread; Egg Mayonnaise and Cress on Brown Bread; Corn-fed Chicken and Avocado on Poilâne Bread
They are sandwiches, alright? Although full credits to Hush for not serving stale bread, which I had the misfortune of eating at a 5-star hotel back in Hong Kong. Id tone down the lemon juice on the chicken and avocado too.

Warm Scones with Clotted Cream and a trio of jams (Homemade Strawberry, Wendy Brandon's Rose Petal Jelly and Wendy Brandon's Gooseberry and Elderflower)
These were butterlicious, just dry enough to latch onto the clotted cream but not onto the roof of the mouth. Single-handedly put Mandarin Orientals signature scones to shame.

Selection of Bougie mini Macarons
I didnt think they look edible with what seemed to be fake tan sprayed on the case, but I was being way too judgemental. Though they had nothing on Pierre Hermes creations, these werent bad at all; brittle shell with a moderately sweet ganache filling.

My absolute highlight, however, was the molecular cocktail: Lady Grey - Hendrick's Gin, lemon juice, Earl Grey Tea Foam

The foam held up while the lemon juice and gin flowed through, picking up the fragrance of Earl Grey. It was so easy to drink and superbly refreshing after the carbs overload.
We were stuffed to the brim and politely declined the offer for sandwich refills.

This is definitely something nice to do once in a blue moon with a buy-one-get-one-free offer. Would I pay the full price and have the same thing again next week? Youve got to be kidding me.

8 Lancashire Court
Brook Street
Tel: 0207 659 1500
Hush on Urbanspoon

You may also like: QV Bar, Spuntino, Selfridges Food Hall


  1. Sounds like a nice afternoon tea, and I am macaron mad! I make macarons as a little side business, wonder what you would think of them if you ever tasted them? I know P.H is THE macaronist, and whilst I love some of his flavours, some are just plain weird!

  2. Must admit I'm not an avid lover of the widely crazed sweet, but also commonly bastardised by many. Have you tried the balsamic vinegar one at Pierre Hermes?

    So where do you put your creations on sale?

  3. I try and make my macarons less sweet to suit the asian palate, but you can only reduce the sugar so much. Nope, did not like the sound of it, I tried the vanilla & olive oil, hazelnut & asparagus, fresh mint & garden pea amongst the weirder combinations and really did not like them. I only sell to friends and friends of friends at the moment (with only a fb page for detail) as I only started up 3-4 months ago.

    I'm close to Canary Wharf, maybe one day I can drop some off for you to try and you can give me some feedback =)