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An afternoon tea that’s just made for men… with a pint of Guinness

Marylebone’s 108 Brasserie launches a male twist on afternoon tea just in time for Father’s Day

A top London chef has put a “masculine” twist on the classic English afternoon tea by including a pint of Guinness among the usual cakes and pastries.

Russell Ford, executive chef at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone Lane, wanted to prove that afternoon tea could appeal to men as much as women.

He has a six-year-old daughter and styled the menu, featuring steak sandwiches and high-end sausage rolls, on what he would want to tuck into on Father’s Day on Sunday.

“I wanted to come up with something that men would want for afternoon tea,” he said. “My personal favourite is the sausage roll, and the steak sandwich has been incredibly popular. I am a dad and I thought, what would I like to eat on Father’s Day or for a treat from my family?”

The menu includes a free-range pork and black truffle sausage roll. Ford’s new take on the classic is proving a winner with hungry fathers looking for something special.

He said: “Of course the menu is not just for men. We are just trying to get everybody to realise that afternoon tea does not have to be a stuffy event.”

The tea is served in 108 Pantry, a dining area which is attached to the brasserie.

Both are part of The Marylebone Hotel but Ford said hotel guests only make up half of the diners.  Marylebone Lane is currently being pedestrianised and 108 will have tables outside.

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“This is a great spot and a great place to work”, Ford said. “The afternoon tea offer has been a real winner and I am now working on other specialist teas.” The afternoon tea package is £28, or £35 for an option including Irish whiskey.

It is available until Sunday, but Mr Ford is planning to launch more teas with a difference after that.

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