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Sarah Frankland Head Pastry Chef

There is no greater satisfaction for me than seeing a guest enjoy a dessert I have created with my team. Tried and tested classical techniques are the foundation for all pastry work; yet I love to give my desserts a modern twist, using a variety of flavour combinations with less sugar and fewer fats where possible. I am a great believer in exploring new techniques with colleagues who share my passion for chocolate and pastry, helping them develop a signature style of their own.

Pastry Chef of the Year 2019 Craft Guild of Chefs


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A brief history of Afternoon Tea The most quintessential of English customs is not as old as you might think. In the mid-19th century it was common to take only two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, with the latter usually served around 8pm. Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, countered her afternoon pangs of hunger by having bread and butter, cake and tea brought to her boudoir. Before long she was inviting friends to join her for “tea and a-walking the fields”; and soon afterwards all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in drawing rooms in the middle of the afternoon. Even Queen Victoria began to engage in the ritual and her influence led to largerscale ‘tea receptions’ which were less prescriptive on time and catered for as many as 200 guests. Afternoon Tea today is a light meal of sandwiches – usually cut into fingers – sweet pastries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam. An occasional indulgence, it is often chosen to celebrate special events such as anniversaries, birthdays or baby showers.

Why a pineapple? You may have noticed a pineapple on the top of our afternoon tea stands, but why? Colonial explorers such as Christopher Columbus would bring exotic crops back to Europe from the ‘New World’ including pineapples, avocados and cane sugar. The highly perishable pineapple could not be cultivated in a European climate and so it went on to become a symbol of great wealth throughout the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. King Charles II can be seen posing with the fruit in one of his official portraits, while any hostess whose table was adorned by this fruit of striking beauty would be the talk of high society, and her guests honoured that she had spared no expense to ensure their dining pleasure. In this way, the pineapple came to symbolise generosity and warmth within home gatherings and is now closely identified with the hospitality trade.


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Pennyhill Park Afternoon Tea Choose from an extensive range of loose leaf tea or coffee

Our favourite finger sandwiches Hot smoked salmon, horseradish crème fraîche Egg mayonnaise, mustard cress Coronation chicken Smoked streaky bacon, tomato, iceberg mayonnaise

Green apple parfait, chai tea granita

Golden sultana and plain scones from our bakery, Cornish clotted cream and handmade strawberry conserve

Seasonal classic pastries with a modern twist

Éclair Fig crémeux, blackcurrant compote, vanilla whipped ganache Macaroon Alto el sol and bergamot ganache, almond praline Tart La Esmeralda chocolate mousse, malted milk, white chocolate lemon créme Financier Earl grey tea, Pennyhill Park honey, lemon curd £40 “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea.” Henry James Please advise us of any food allergies or intolerances. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your final bill. All prices include VAT


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Celebrate with a glass of sparkle... Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs Afternoon Tea Pairs well with sandwiches while its delicate rose pink colour and fine bubbles also complement the red fruit and honey notes within the pastry selection. £48 Taittinger Nocturne NV Champagne Afternoon Tea A slightly sweeter sec Champagne, this is our favoured pairing with Afternoon Tea. Subtle and delicate aromas of yellow peach and apricots give way to raisins and fruits with a long smooth finish. £52 Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé NV Champagne Afternoon Tea Bright pink in colour, this wine has crushed raspberry and cherry notes with a depth of flavour and a creamy finish. The result is a classy Champagne ideal for serving with both the sweet and savoury elements of Afternoon Tea. £55

We also serve by the bottle English Sparkling Wine Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut NV Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé NV

£60 £75

Champagne Taittinger Brut Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé NV Taittinger Nocturne Sec NV Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé NV Taittinger Brut Comtes Blanc de Blancs Dom Pérignon Krug Grande Cuvée

£69.50 £85 £80 £95 £120 £195 £230 £245

In accordance with the Weights and Measures Act 1985, the measure for the sale of spirits and liquors on the premises is 25ml or multiples thereof Wines also available by the measure of 125ml If a listed vintage is unavailable an alternative will be offered where appropriate A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your final bill. All prices include VAT


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The Ascot Ultimate Afternoon Tea Start your afternoon in style with a glass of Taittinger Nocturne NV Champagne* Croque Madame, fried quails egg, truffle

Our favourite finger sandwiches Hot smoked salmon, horseradish crème fraîche Egg mayonnaise, mustard cress Coronation chicken Smoked streaky bacon, tomato, iceberg mayonnaise

Green apple parfait, chai tea granita

Golden sultana and plain scones from our bakery, Cornish clotted cream and handmade strawberry conserve

Seasonal classic pastries with a modern twist Enjoy with a glass of vintage Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs*

Éclair Fig crémeux, blackcurrant compote, vanilla whipped ganache Macaroon Alto el sol and bergamot ganache, almond praline Tart La Esmeralda chocolate mousse, malted milk, white chocolate lemon créme Financier Earl grey tea, Pennyhill Park honey, lemon curd £60 “I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it” Winston Churchill *served in 75ml glass Please advise us of any food allergies or intolerances. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your final bill. All prices include VAT


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Pastry Glossary of Terms Alto el sol Located in the heart of a Peruvian nature park, the Alto El Sol plantation is protected by a lush environment, giving the cocoa trees all their richness. The dominant sourness and red fruits give to this dark couverture chocolate a very long lasting taste. Bergamot The bergamot orange is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green colour similar to a lime, depending on ripeness. Genetic research into the ancestral origins of extant citrus cultivars found bergamot orange to be a probable hybrid of lemon and bitter orange.

Éclair - choux pastry A very light pastry made with egg which is typically used for éclairs and profiteroles. A pâtissier called Avice developed the paste during the 18th century and created choux buns. Marie-Antoine Carême perfected the recipe in the 19th century – and that is the choux pastry we know today. Conserve A preparation made by preserving fruit with sugar, jam or marmalade. Crémeux ‘Crémeux’ means ‘creamy’ in French, crémeux is softer in texture than a ganache but not as light as a mousse.

Financier The financier was said to be created in the 19th century, with the name deriving from the traditional rectangular mould, which resembles a bar of gold as well as being the French name for the occupation of those working in the financial district. Ganache A filling of a chocolate and cream emulsion, used in confectionary such as cakes and truffles. A ganache can also be whipped to achieve a lighter airy texture. La Esmeralda 74% bold and limited edition dark chocolate the beans for "Hacienda La Esmeralda" were honoured by the International Cocoa Awards organisation by receiving the "Cocoa of Excellence" award in 2013. Macaroon Originated in Venice in the 13th century. The modern popular style of macaroons we see today are also known as ‘Parisian macarons’ and were created by French pâtissier Pierre Desfontaines while working for his grandfather Louis-Ernest Ladurée.


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Black Our selection of black teas are made from large leaf offering a wealth of flavour which cannot be found in common black tea.

Pennyhill Park afternoon tea

Our finest English Breakfast tea is a delicious combination of high altitude grown broken orange pekoe black teas which have been blended to produce a full bodied tea with delicate flowery and spicy undertones.

Darjeeling Goomtee, India

Goomtee is ranked among the top gardens in the Darjeeling district and produces luscious green leaves with hues ranging from oaky-brown to light green. This tea offers a deliciously smooth and refreshing cup with distinctive muscatel characteristics.

Decaffeinated Ceylon, Sri Lanka

A full bodied Ceylon black tea with spicy undertones, without the caffeine.

Assam Dejoo, India

The Dejoo estate is one of the top estates in the Assam growing region. This black tea is full-bodied and malty, with definite fruity, sweet notes and a fragrance of freshly stewed apples.

Earl Grey, Anhui Province, China

Its distinct flavour is a result of combining high quality Chinese black tea and oil of bergamot. This Earl Grey is a beautifully scented tea with a flowery and citrusy flavour, which remains the embodiment of the finest English tea.


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Oolong A traditional semi-fermented Chinese tea produced through a process including withering the plant under strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting.

Red Oolong, Taiwan

Rich rose and other floral flavours pour out of its earthy red tones. The flavour and cup colour comes from a longer oxidation process than most other oolongs. It boasts delicious notes of sweet plums, and buttery roasted nuts.

White White teas have a sweet flavour and soft texture without the vegetal quality of green tea. They are refreshing and easy on the palate.

Snow Buds, Fujian Province, China

Grown in southeast China at a notable altitude of 1,000 metres, its name derives from the downy appearance of the delicate leaves and buds. Consisting of only hand plucked buds and youngest leaves, this tea has a pale yellow cup with a warm and sweet flavour and a pleasant vegetal after taste.

Jasmine, Silver Needle, China

Characterised by lightness of white tea buds, delicately scented with beautiful Jasmine flowers, a light and refreshing velvety tea.


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Green A great green tea is instantly accessible; offering vibrant grassy flavours and a sublime natural sweetness. Green tea has been the drink of connoisseurs in the East for centuries.

Dragon Well, Zhejiang Province, China Lung Ching Dragonwell is one of the most famous Chinese green teas worldwide, renowned for its quality and remarkable flavour. True Lung Ching tea, with its unique flat and crisp leaves, is grown only in the Hangzhou area in Zhejiang province. This light tea smoothly combines the classic green tea character with a sweet and slightly fruity aroma.

Flowering Jasmine, Fujian Province, China These amazing flowering teas are handmade rosettes of delicate green tea leaves and decorative flowers, which have been carefully infused with jasmine blossoms to give them their exquisite jasmine flavour and aroma.

Genmaicha, Shizuoka, Japan

Genmaicha, or ‘rice tea’, is a combination of green Sencha, roasted grains rice and popped rice. This distinct Japanese tea has bright golden infusion and a nutty, slightly savoury flavour.


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Herbal Our herbal range is created using freshly picked and dried whole herbs, flowers or fruits. They are packed with flavour and aroma and naturally caffeine free.

Rooibos vanilla

Rooibos tea is incredibly smooth and gentle with a natural sweetness and slightly nutty taste. This tea produces a delicious flavour, which is uniquely rooibos but with a light and sweet fragrance of vanilla.

Blackcurrant and hibiscus

A blend of hibiscus shells, whole blackcurrants, summer berries and papaya which offers a vivid, lively infusion bursting with berry flavours.

Lemon and ginger

Delicate and refreshing, containing lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger. It is marked by a tangy aroma and an invigorating lemon flavour with a spicy finish.

Whole peppermint leaf

Insistent, deep mint flavours with an almost oily mid-palate subsiding cleanly towards an intense finish.

Whole chamomile flowers

Floral and deeply soothing whole chamomile flowers. Fresh and light with flavours that cleanse and calm.

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Afternoon tea with Sarah Frankland  

Afternoon tea with Sarah Frankland