If you harbour a sweet tooth, you’ll love Dalloway Terrace’s exciting new afternoon tea collaboration with Candice Brown. Sophie Ritchie caught up with Candice, author of recently released cookbook ‘Comfort’ and winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016 in Dalloway Terrace’s chic surroundings to find out more…
What inspired you to launch the tea?
I stayed here at The Bloomsbury last October with the other GBBO finalists and fell in love with the hotel – it’s beautiful. It has a lovely 1920’s Gatsby feel, and I felt really drawn to it. The afternoon tea is my chance to put my own stamp on something iconic – it’s really exciting.
It’s a very creative menu – how did you choose the afternoon tea selection?
I wanted the experience to remain fairly traditional – nothing too obscure or gimmicky. It’s the British pastime of authentic afternoon tea that I love, so I wanted to keep to that, but with my own personal stamp. Think a twist on classics.
I’ve taken a bacon sandwich and turned it into Egg Mayonnaise & Dry Cured Streaky Bacon in Pain de Mie, or instead of quiche there’s Leek & Smoked Haddock Tart with Gruyere Cheese. I wanted to add a fresh feel to tradition – think Orange & Cardamom Scone and Peanut Butter & Jelly Profiteroles. I had a lot of fun playing around with the ideas!
It must have been great to see your recipes come to life – how did that work?
It was! I was really proud of it. I came down to the kitchens here to meet the chefs and spend time with them. I love to ask questions and you can always learn more.
Do you have any favourites?
I really like the Leek & Smoked Haddock Tart with Gruyere Cheese. It’s very grownup and decadent. The Mint, Chocolate & Coconut Cake with Whipped Ganache is another big favourite at home with my family and friends. There’s another version of it in my book too because it’s a hit. It’s the sort of cake that provokes the ‘eye roll’ effect!
Describe your baking philosophy in three words…
Vintage, messy and tasty.
When did you first start baking?
I spent a lot of time with my nan as a child and she was a big inspiration – I was always by her side in the kitchen. She made everything from scratch, it was incredible.
Which recipes take you back to childhood?
Bakewell tart, there’s something so nostalgic about it! We used to have it after school with custard.
You recently released your first book, Comfort. What was the inspiration behind it?
A little bit like my afternoon tea with Dalloway Terrace, it was a great place to put all of the recipes I love and the dishes I’ve grown up with. The real starting point was seeing recipes from my nan – there’s three of them in the book, with nothing altered.
Make it happen
The new Afternoon Tea will be available from 12pm-4pm daily and priced at £35 per person or £45 per person when enjoyed with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne. Find out more here