For June and July, Edinburgh Gin have teamed up with Harvey Nichols to create the ultimate Gin Afternoon Tea. Harvey Nichols‘ chefs have created a menu inspired by (and using) the various gins and their botanicals, and Edinburgh Gin have created a list of cocktails to go alongside it. So naturally, I had to go and investigate. I do these things for you.
Harvey nichols restaurant
I admit, I often forget how lovely the restaurant and bar are at Harvey Nichols. It’s a light, bright, modern space and it’s always so calm in there. You can book for afternoon tea Monday to Sunday, and relax in the main restaurant.
All the cocktails are, naturally, made with Edinburgh Gin‘s fabulous range. We kick off with a Savi Spritz, which is Sauvignon Blanc, Elderflower Edinburgh Gin Liqueur and topped with soda. It is sweet and refreshing, with lots of elderflower flavour.
Next is the Pomegranate, Rose and Prosecco Fizz, which was pomegranate, Rose Edinburgh Gin Liquer and topped with Prosecco. It is almost Turkish Delight-ish, and pretty as a picture with it’s flower garnish.
There’s a big list of gin cocktails on offer, so something to suit all tastes, and of course, a giant range of tea and coffees.
The savoury layer
The savouries are much more interesting than your usual array of sandwiches. The mini Gin and Tonic Cod is coated in a light, tonic infused batter, with soft, flaky fish. The Goat’s Cheese and Vegetable Terrine is rich, and creamy, and a firm favourite around the table. I enjoy the Artichoke and Courgette Wrap a lot more than I expected, considering I don’t like courgette, but my firm favourite is the Duck Leg Croquette which draws on Edinburgh Gin‘s plum liquer, and is crisp on the outside, fluffy inside and soaked in plum tastiness.
There are two kinds of scones, one plain and one Raspberry and White Chocolate, with jam and piles of clotted cream. The scones are still warm, and are beautifully fluffy inside. Considering I don’t have a sweet tooth, I am surprised by the raspberry version, which I love. Sweet, but not cloying and gorgeous with a good heap of cream.
The sweet layer
The best layer. The unusual Cucumber Candy Floss is somehow exactly like those watermelon sweets you get in pick and mix at the cinema (which is a good thing). A Strawberry and Elderflower Eclair and Peach, Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Tart are both excellent, with lots of sharp fruit flavour, well made pastry and made in perfect bite sized morsels. The Pomegranate and Rose Panna Cotta isn’t my favourite. It is tasty, but had gone quite liquid, but this may have been my fault for eating it last.
The Afternoon Tea is a great experience for gin fans. You can book from 1pm-4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm-5pm on Sundays throughout June and July. It is priced at £22 or £30 per person to include a cocktail. Booking is essential, so please call 0121 616 6028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And tell them I sent you.
I was a guest of Harvey Nichols and East Village PR. All food and drinks were complementary in exchange for honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own. Prices correct at the time of writing.