In celebration of Swan Lake returning to the stage, the Royal Opera House is once again offering a ballet-inspired afternoon tea.
The Swan Lake afternoon tea will run Thursdays to Saturdays from March 12 – April 18, 2020. There will be an assortment of savouries and sweets for adults and children, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, from inside the fifth floor Piazza restaurant.
A selection of savouries will showcase seasonal flavours, such as glazed gammon, grain mustard butter and pickled gherkin on granary bread and Severn and Wye smoked salmon pin wheel on pumpernickel bread.
Following warm scones with jam and clotted cream, there will be sweets that are inspired by Swan Lake’s characters. The offering will include a White Swan macaron with chocolate wings and a Black Swan currant and cassis cheesecake, with the addition of hazelnut and toasted marshmallow choux puffs for adults and lemon and toasted marshmallow choux puffs for children.
Vegetarian and vegan versions feature roast onion squash, chestnut and sage on pumpernickel bread, and carrot, coriander and hummus on granary bread, while the dairy-free tea pairs the warm scones with coconut cream and includes an additional range of desserts including choux puff swans with crème diplomat and a lemon curd cake with crumble topping.
Guests can also opt to add a Swan Lake-inspired cocktail to the line up. The cocktail list includes Odette (lychee juice mixed with coconut syrup and topped with Rivani Prosecco, £12), Von Rothbart (a vesper martini made with Belvedere gin and red vermouth, £14.50) and Birthday Ball (Cognac and aromatic bitters soaked into a sugar cube and topped with Ruinart Champagne, £16). A non-alcoholic cocktail will also be available and is named after Odette’s alter ego, Odile (freshly pressed grape juice, blueberry purée and bitter lemon, topped with Fever Tree lemonade, £6).
Prices are from £45 per adult and £27 per child. There will also be a live pianist performing throughout the afternoon tea sittings.