Hyatt Regency Birmingham creates Shakespeare afternoon tea to celebrate the Bard
Hyatt Regency’s Head Chef and his team have created a special Afternoon Tea in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and a lasting legacy of the world's greatest playwright.
“Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table.”
- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
It has been 400 years since William Shakespeare died, leaving behind a treasure trove of plays, poems and sayings that still grip the imagination of audiences throughout the world.
Launched on the anniversary date (April 23 2016), the whimsical twist on afternoon tea commemorates four centuries of William Shakespeare’s legacy in edible and drinkable format.
A classic spread of sandwiches as traditional as the bard himself with salmon and dill mustard, beef and horseradish, cheddar and caramelised onion, and cucumber and cream cheese.
Afternoon Tea would not be complete without a scrumptious selection of scones. The hotel’s restaurant, Aria, serves them freshly baked, with clotted cream and fruit preserves.
For the Patissier’s Selection, the chefs took a leaf out of Shakespeare’s folio. Each dessert is born from a line written 400 years ago by the Warwickshire playwright.
Bottled Strawberry Smoothie
Inspired by: “My lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn I saw good strawberries in your garden there; I do beseech you send for some of them”. (Richard III)
Inspired by: “I must find saffron to colour the warden pies” (The Winter’s Tale, which contains the famous stage direction ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’)
Inspired by: “Save me a piece of marchpane” (Romeo and Juliet)
Lemon and Lime Posset
Inspired by: “I have drugg’d their possets” (Macbeth)
Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at £19.95 per person, however for those feeling especially indulgent, it can be served with a Lady Macbeth cocktail, which offers all the delicacies of the Traditional Afternoon Tea complemented perfectly with a blend of honey, hazelnut and lemon flavours, for £29.95 per person.
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