HALLMARK HOTELS SCONE-OFF FINDS BEST SCONE RECIPE FOR NEW AFTERNOON TEA LAUNCH
Hallmark Hotels has launched its revamped afternoon tea which claims to feature one of ‘Britain’s best scones’ as its show-stopping centrepiece following the Hallmark Scone-off early this year.
The independent hotel group launched a challenge last year inviting guests and fans of its 27 hotels across the UK to submit their own tried and tested scone recipe for inclusion in the 2018 reworked afternoon tea.
The winning recipe, which was chosen through an independent tasting session with a panel of experts from across the country, features sultanas soaked in lemon juice and vanilla, and will be served with clotted cream and preserves. Aiming to perfect the quintessentially British dining experience, the new afternoon tea menu comes complete with expertly-selected British wine, delicate finger sandwiches and delicious sweet treats.
Hallmark Hotels received recipes from across the UK, encompassing both traditional and unusual suggestions. Some of the shortlisted entries included a savoury cheese and tarragon scone served with garlic butter, a rum and raisin scone, a summer inspired Pimm’s and strawberry combination and even a liquorice-based recipe.
Karen Doyle from Irchester, Northamptonshire was declared the star baker, with Hallmark Hotels’ Head of Food & Drink, Andy Lowe, complimenting her entry for its texture and flavour, offering a subtle yet noticeable twist on the quintessentially British recipe.
Andy said: “We received some fantastic recipe suggestions, and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of baking and sampling our shortlisted entries. We were looking for an all-rounder – a delicious, flavoursome scone that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The sultanas soaked in lemon juice and vanilla extract offered a distinct take on a traditional recipe, which complements our ‘Best of British’ theme that features across our menu.”
Karen, the winner also commented; “I was delighted and amazed to have won the competition. My scones are already a big hit with friends and family and I was just really pleased to bring a bit of my home into Hallmark Hotels”.
Hallmark Hotel’s afternoon tea menu is available across 21 hotels where guests will also be invited to try and replicate Karen’s winning scone with a copy of the recipe to take home.