Two icons of luxury and good taste unite this summer as The Peninsula Hong Kong partners with world-renowned jeweller Tiffany & Co. to launch a special edition of the hotel’s renowned Afternoon Tea. Available only during the month of June, the New York Spirit Afternoon Tea set offers a unique twist on one of The Peninsula’s best-loved traditions in the setting of its elegant Lobby.
Part of the hotel’s ‘Legendary Artisans’ programme, a series of exclusive collection launches, store animations and culinary surprises taking place in and around The Peninsula Hong Kong from 1 to 30 June, the New York Spirit Afternoon Tea is the latest in a long line of collaborations between the hotel and the celebrated jewellery brand. The shared history began when Tiffany & Co. first opened a store in The Peninsula’s shopping arcade in 1988, after which the jewellery house paid tribute to The Peninsula six years later by designing an exclusive set of chinaware to coincide with the opening of the hotel’s new tower. Featuring a navy and gold border on a white background that reflects the colour scheme of The Lobby, the chinaware remains in use at the hotel to this day.
The New York Spirit Afternoon Tea set features some of The Peninsula’s most favoured delicacies, from savoury treats such as smoked salmon and herbed cream bagels, crispy mushroom cream tarts and sandwiches of both cucumber and dill and pastrami and pickle, to the hotel’s signature freshly baked scones served with organic strawberry jam and velvety Devonshire clotted cream.
The set’s pièce de résistance, however, is undoubtedly the top tier of cakes and fancies, which includes macaroons made with Madagascar vanilla and white chocolate; New York cheesecake with blueberry, cream and shortbread; lime and coconut cupcakes topped by edible pearls in white and Tiffany blue; and a confectionery interpretation of Tiffany & Co.’s signature Blue Box made from vanilla mousse, strawberry marmalade and almond joconde sponge.
Rounding off this unique tea experience to perfection is a sweet treat of an indulgent square of dark chocolate ganache with fragrant lavender. Topped by an intricate stamp that recalls the famous gargoyles that adorn The Lobby’s ceiling, this special chocolate creation has been hand-crafted by The Peninsula Hong Kong’s resident Maître Chocolatier, Marijn Coertjens, winner of the “Best Belgian Chocolate Master” title in 2015.
The New York Spirit Afternoon Tea set is priced at HK$358 for one person or HK$628 for two (plus 10 per cent service charge) and is served daily between 2pm and 6pm from 1 to 30 June. Also in The Lobby, guests can enjoy classical music performance by The Lobby Strings from 12pm to 6.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, while The Peninsula Jazz Band performs from 7pm to 11.45pm Monday to Thursday and 7pm to 12.45am on Fridays and Saturdays.