A new buzz at the Athenaeum

A new buzz at the Athenaeum

The product of London beekeepers will be the key ingredient in everything from tea sandwiches to spa treatments at the Athenaeum, following the launch of a new honey-themed offer.

Urban beekeeping has been on the rise in London over the last few years, with more and more city-dwellers keeping hives on the roofs of houses everywhere, from Notting Hill to Hackney. Honey from city bees is thought to be more tasty than the countryside produce, due to the rich variety of flowers in built-up areas (rather than a field of just one kind), giving the sweet stuff a more unique flavour. And with its superb location, right between the Royal Parks, it’s no wonder that the Athenaeum has themed their last offering around honey.

Head chef David Marshall and his team have created the new tea which features a selection of honey roasted ham and caramelised golden cross goat’s cheese sandwiches. Treats include freshly baked scones and crumpets, served with Regents Park Honey, and a selection of pastries – honeycomb marquis, honey cake, lavender and honey macaroons, and honey cheesecake. All washed down with a class of honey fizz and a range of speciality loose teas.

To complement the afternoon tea menu, the spa, which re-opened in December, will be offering treatments given using REN facial skincare. The hour-long facial is based on healing minerals and essential oils, with antibacterial properties from the manouka honey extract.

Afternoon tea, ?39 for two people. To make a reservation, call 020 7499 3464 or visit www.athenaeumhotel.com

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