The weather might not be making us feel rosy, but London’s restaurants are trying their best to leave us tickled pink – and with October being breast cancer awareness month, there’s no better time to indulge in a pink plate. DOSE writer Rosie discovers the city’s best pink-themed menus.
In partnership with Laurent-Perrier, the master of éclairs has launched a pink-themed afternoon tea at its King’s Road and Soho locations, where you can sip iconic Cuvée Rosé whilst savouring pink éclairs, choux and chouquettes. If that’s not living La vie en rose, we don’t know what is.
St James restaurant Avenue offers brunch guests the option to add bottomless rosé for an extra £18 per person. The menu includes brunch favourites such as Eggs Royale and bacon and maple syrup pancakes, or you can keep your food as well as your drink pink-themed with their signature lobster roll followed by strawberry and vanilla cheesecake. On Saturdays, there’s also a live DJ to add to the atmosphere.
In addition, for the month of October, Avenue will be showing its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by adding £1 to every lunchtime bill, which will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. And to celebrate girl power there will be female DJs on the decks every Saturday throughout October.
Brigit’s Bakery is famous for its afternoon tea on a vintage routemaster bus, and from 21-28 October 2019, £1 from every afternoon tea sold on its bus tours will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. During this period, the tours will follow a pink theme, with pink decorations and a unique pink afternoon tea.
Those wishing to show extra support for the cause can also make further donations when booking via the online system.
Doughnut Time are famous for their ‘over the top’ doughnuts that have resulted in a cult Instagram following. Constantly pushing the boundaries of discovery, their colourful doughnuts often contribute to topical issues. The hot pink vegan ‘Sia Later’ doughnut incorporates a red velvet dough with vegan ‘buttercream’ frosting and freeze-dried raspberries, while the baby pink ‘Piggy Smalls’ is strawberry-glazed, strawberry custard-filled, cream-drizzled and topped with buttercream, strawberry pieces, plus two of everyone’s favourite pink sweet: Percy Pigs.
Cult Chelsea restaurant Bluebird has launched a pink afternoon tea in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, in collaboration with The Palm, Whispering Angel’s newest Vin de Provence Rosé. Pastry chef Roger Pizey has created an all-pink three-tiered affair including red velvet rolls, raspberry macaroons, sweetheart Battenberg, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches. The tea can be accompanied by a glass of The Palm, a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah made from grapes which are selected from the best vineyards in the appellation Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.
The Think Pink afternoon tea is priced at £26.50, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Pink Ribbon Foundation, and is available from 1–31 October 2019.
Crouch End cocktail bar Little Mercies has teamed up with Porter’s Gin to create a pink-themed menu incorporating Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin. The gin is made using passion fruit, guava and white tea, and is cold distilled for a lighter and fresher flavour. In honour of the menu’s star ingredient, Little Mercies has enriched the bar with lush, exotic foliage, transforming the neighbourhood gem into a tropical oasis. With £1 from every drink from the Porter’s Pink Menu donated to Breast Cancer Research, there’s no excuse not to try them all…
The Kimpton Fitzroy hotel has transformed its Palm Court into a dreamy rose garden abundant with blooms and twisting trails of roses climbing four central trees as the perfect setting for its afternoon tea in collaboration with Champagne house Laurent-Perrier. The floral-themed feast features showstopping artisan pastries inspired by Executive Pastry Chef, Thibault Marchand’s love for summer and rose gardens. Marchand, who won this year’s Bake Off: The Professionals, has crafted tea-time showstoppers including a rose and raspberry scones, French choux crafted into the shape of a delicate flower and a bright red rose gateau of cherry, chocolate and hazelnut, pairing beautifully with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé.
For those looking for an ultra-indulgent, Instagrammable and high-octane weekend brunch spot, The Perception at W London has launched a new pink bottomless Frosé Brunch. Served every Saturday in the glamorous lounge, diners can indulge in a two-course brunch accompanied with unlimited prosecco or house-made frozen rosé and a live DJ set. All dishes feature pops of millennial pink, including a tangy salmon tartare burger on a fluffy star anise bun, or wholesome and vegan-friendly roasted butternut, smashed avocado, red cabbage and seasoned scrambled tofu served on thickly-cut sourdough toast. If that wasn’t enough, taking centre stage is a dedicated station of devilishly indulgent toppings to accompany freshly baked waffles and american pancakes – which of course includes clouds of perfectly pink candy floss.
Still in need of inspiration? Look no further than these restaurants participating in the Pink Plates campaign for Breast Cancer Care. The initiative was launched by chef Sam Clark from award-winning restaurant Moro in 2017, and since then it’s raised almost £96,000 to support people affected by breast cancer.
The participating restaurants, which can be found in London and further afield, are doing their bit to support the cause by adding £1 to diners’ bills, which is donated to Breast Cancer Care.
Main photo: The Perception at W London
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After graduating from Cambridge University with a triple First, Rosie decided to pursue a career in the fitness industry rather than follow the traditional path of her peers in investment banking. Unable to shake off the fast-paced routine she developed in her City job, she achieves balance by winding down in yoga sessions, escaping on fitness retreats, and going for extended brunches that somehow seem to wind up in a hidden gem of a cocktail bar.