Created with the Queen’s official 90th birthday month in mind, the tea will be served at Outlaw’s Michelin-starred London outpost for the whole of June.
The Queen celebrated her actual 90th birthday on 21 April this week, but her official birthday will be on 11 June.
As well as recipes from Torrent’s latest book Afternoon Tea at Home, the tea will also have creations specially devised for the event. Options are set to include Earl Grey Crowns, which Torrent has designed to feature The Queen’s preferred tea, strawberry and Champagne tartlets with decorated will gold leaf detail, and there will also be plates such as smoked salmon on crumpets.
On Sundays the cake trolley will add an additional treat, such as a version of the chocolate biscuit wedding cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2012, or an Elizabeth Sponge cake: a take on the classic Victoria sponge, but with lavender and lemon.
Priced at £29.50 per person, the tea will also be on offer for £39.50 when paired with a glass of Champagne or a supposed royal favourite, Dubonnet and gin.
Nathan Outlaw said: “We love the creativity of Will Torrent’s bakes, and this menu has been a lot of fun to put together. We can’t wait to share our Best of British Tea, and toast the Queen’s milestone birthday.”
Torrent – who is the pâtisserie and chocolate consultant to supermarket group Waitrose ‒ added: “I can’t think of anything more quintessentially British than afternoon tea to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. It’s amazing to be working with Nathan Outlaw at The Capital in honour of this Great British occasion- what a way to celebrate!”
The tea’s residency is to coincide with Torrent’s guest chef position at the restaurant, which he will take alongside head chef, Tom Brown.
First opened in 2012, the restaurant is housed within the 49-bedroom, family-run The Capital hotel on London’s Basil Street in Knightsbridge, which itself was opened by still-current owner David Levin in 1971.