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London's Dorchester launches afternoon tea for children

Manorfield Primary School students hard at work in The Dorchester's pastry kitchens.

London's prestigious Dorchester Hotel has invited local primary school children to design a special afternoon tea.

The pupils of Manorfield Primary School in London’s East End have been working on an afternoon tea menu following a chocolate tasting masterclass for 90 of the school’s year four students, led by the hotel’s executive chef, Mario Perera.

The shortlist of winning designers were invited into the hotel’s kitchens to help create the tea. Under Perera’s watchful eye, the children decorated cupcakes, baked scones and watched the pastry chefs at work. They then sat down for the afternoon tea in The Promenade before boxing up their creations to show family and friends.

The Manorfield Children’s Afternoon Tea, created by children for children, is now available at The Dorchester. Menu items include crudités and cauliflower cheese dip, ham and cheese doughnut, strawberries and cream, Smarties vanilla ice cream cookie, dulce cupcake and a rainbow vanilla milkshake scattered with sprinkles.

“When creating an offering for children, I feel it was important to consult them directly… rather than simply devising a child-led menu through an adult lens,” said Perera. “I remember dreaming as a child of one working in The Dorchester’s kitchens. You never know, one of these fantastic bright children could be the next generation’s executive chef…”

The Dorchester has previously collaborated with Manorfield Primary School. During the pandemic, a number of hotel chefs were deployed to the schools kitchens to cook for the children of key workers.

The children’s tea costs GBP10 and is available until September 2. All proceeds will go to Manorfield Primary School. Bookings can be made through The Dorchester’s website.


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