One of the greatest joys of travel is knowing that the best experiences couldn’t be the same anywhere else in the world. There’s nothing quite like wine in France, pasta in Italy, sushi in Tokyo, or afternoon tea in London. So why shouldn’t it be the same in the air? Virgin Atlantic is changing that, with their exclusive new afternoon tea service. Fancy a macaron at 38,000 feet? No sweat.
Afternoon tea is synonymous with Britain the way popcorn is synonymous with going to the movies. It’s a staple of any London visit. Virgin Atlantic has carvedan exclusive partnership with master pâtissier Eric Lanlard to create the perfect afternoon tea both on the ground and in the air, in an attempt to make their flying experience more unique than ever. And yes – there will be an “afternoon tea” service in all cabins, not just the most expensive ones.
Beginning Monday of next week, the Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse lounge will offer a full on, complimentary afternoon tea service from 3:00 – 5:30 PM expertly curated by Eric Lanlard. In addition to a pot of tea and some Lanson champagne, Guests can expect…
- Prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant
- Broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart
- Homemade plain and sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream
- Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis
- Apple and blackberry cake
- Dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce
Beginning in “late summer” – sorry, their words, not ours – Virgin Atlantic will launch an on board afternoon tea service in all cabins during day flights. Guests in upper class can even enjoy their exclusive high tea at the on board cocktail bar for a fully festive experience. Guests in economy and premium economy will enjoy assorted tea sandwiches, scones and macarons at their seats. Special test flights will be conducted this month to hone the perfect “hit” with customers. We want in!