A few days ago, on a gorgeously sunny yet cold weekend, a bunch of food bloggers headed to the DoubleTree Docklands Riverside Hotel by Hilton to check out their newly launched Bottomless Pirate Afternoon Tea. This is my second collaboration with Hilton and Love Pop Ups London after The Kitchen.
Converted from an old warehouse, the hotel’s riverside location is blessed with some fabulous views and is perfectly suited for the seafaring theme.
We were seated in the bright and spacious restaurant Columbia, which has been recently refurbished. They have outside seating as well which opens for summer. Do ask for the table by the window so you can enjoy the views whilst dining here.
We kicked off with some Caribbean Rum Punch, which was offered bottomless as part of the Afternoon Tea and was regularly topped up.
Befitting the theme, the various cakes and pastries arrived inside a decorated treasure chest.
On the menu were the following items:
Jerk Chicken, Cucumber & Mayo
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese
Cheddar, Tomato & Mayo
Ham & Mango Chutney
Banana Cake with a hint of Rum
Fruit Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream
Mini Chocolate Blanc de Fromboise Cake
Mini Chocolate Rum & Pistachio Cake
IN THE BOX
Lemon Mousse with Mango
Banana & Vanilla Shake
Mini Blueberry Frangipane
The sandwiches were decent but nothing remarkable. The focus was definitely the sweet bites which are the real drawcard here. Highlights included a soft and spongy banana cake, the yummy shakes, the delectable blueberry frangipane and the delighfully crumbly scones.
For me, the riverside location of the hotel and the views are the real USP here. They even have their own ferry stop, with direct links to Canary Wharf. You can use the ferry to the hotel for free (they offer a pass).
Overall, it is a fun concept for those who like to experience something different, rather than the usual Classic Afternoon Tea. Not to mention, you can’t really find a better reason to dress up and talk like a pirate whilst feasting on scrumptious cakes!
The Bottomless Pirate Afternoon Tea is currently available at a discounted price of £29 (for two) instead of £84 (for two). More information can be found on their website here.
N.B. I was invited to review the Afternoon Tea as part of Love Pop Ups London