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Renowned Chef Adam Handling has launched a brand-new, luxury afternoon tea offering at his award-winning restaurant, Ugly Butterfly in St. Ives, with optional free-flowing bubbles that celebrates the history and tradition of the iconic British afternoon tea, whilst maintaining Ugly Butterfly's ethos of celebrating the very best of Cornish produce and reflecting the sustainable philosophy, for which the restaurant has become known.
The afternoon tea has a selection of sandwiches, savouries and sweets that use local suppliers' ingredients. The sandwich fillings include St. Ives smokehouse salmon with cream cheese on rye bread and St. Ewe egg mayonnaise with cress on malted bread. Savouries include crab doughnuts with lemon peel puree and lamb with spiced tartare and kimchi emulsion. No afternoon tea is complete without a scone and the Ugly Butterfly tea includes Cornish scones, baked fresh in-house every day, served with Trewithen clotted cream and strawberry jam (and if you ask Adam when in Cornwall, it's jam before cream!)
The sweet selection is equally show-stopping, with treats such as sea buckthorn custard tart which uses sea berries native to Cornwall and elderflower mousse, pear and shortbread made with elderflower the team forages from the local area. There's also coffee caramel, and asháninka chocolate biscuit' which uses chocolate from Chocolarder, the only bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Cornwall.
The selection of teas is from Tregothnan Tea, based on the Roseland Peninsula, which planted the very first tea fields in the UK on the Tregothnan Estate. There's a varied selection of bubbles on offer for those who opt for the Champagne Afternoon Tea, from Polgoon Seyval Blanc, Cornwall, to Taittinger Prélude Grand Cru, Champagne, and Krug Grand Cuvee Brut, Champagne. For guests looking to make it a real celebration, they can add free-flowing bubbles to the experience.
Book it: The Ugly Butterfly Afternoon Tea is available in the Ugly Butterfly bar from Tuesday to Sunday (from 12 pm until 5 pm) priced at £45pp, or £55pp for the Champagne Afternoon Tea, with an optional £50pp supplement for 90 minutes of free-flowing bubbles. https://www.uglybutterfly.co.uk