Review: CERU Afternoon Tea in the Levant

We were delighted to review one of the latest restaurants in South Kensington, Ceru London. Set up by  husband and wife team Patricia and Barry Hilton for their passion for food, love and travel in the Middle East ranging from The Lebanon, Israel and Turkey.

My Mum was in town, so it was the perfect occasion to try out their Mother’s day afternoon tea, which is further expanding their all-day menu.

As you enter the restaurant, you cannot miss the big door matt with “It is good to see you!!” which simply puts a smile on your face and gets you in a happy mood.

The decor of the restaurant is very vibrant, colourful with a Middle Eastern touch and everything is uniquely personalised.

We were greeted by the owners who welcomed us and explained more about the concept and the theme of the restaurant.

CERU opened in December 2016 bringing the fresh, vibrant, naturally-healthy cuisine of the Levant to South Kensington. CERU previously ran three popular London pop-ups in Cannon Street, Fitzrovia and Tower Bridge, as well as appearing at numerous festivals and catering for private events.

Afternoon Tea In The Levant 

CERU’s new Afternoon Tea In The Levant takes a quintessentially British tradition and transforms it with the flavours of the coastal eastern Mediterranean, known as the Levant. The experience includes a selection of savoury sandwiches on freshly-baked Turkish brioche bread, with fillings such as Ceru’s signature spice-roasted lamb shoulder with fresh mint, pistachio and pomegranate. Plain scones are served with sweet labneh and homemade barberry, cranberry and rose jam, while sweet pastries include a rose-scented lemon meringue tartlet, carrot & cardamom cupcake and Turkish pistachio baklava. There is, of course, a range of teas to choose from, with Fresh mint leaf and Turkish apple tea offered as well as lapsang souchong, Earl Grey and English Breakfast.

The sandwiches are not your typical sandwiches and the fresh turkish bread is so soft and delicious that my Mother ordered a separate one. I personally loved the rose-scented lemon meringue.  CERU co-founder Patricia Hilton also kindly offered us freshly homemade minted lemonade and watermelon juice which was so refreshing. She said, “We love afternoon tea, so we could not resist coming up with our version of what we would like to eat if we were sitting on a hot Summer’s day outside the Bazaar in Istanbul!”

Launching on Saturday 25th March and served daily from 3pm until 4.30pm, the experience includes a selection of savoury sandwiches on a Turkish brioche-style bread, freshly-baked daily exclusively for CERU, with llings such as Spice-roasted lamb shoulder with fresh mint, pistachio and pomegranate; Ceru coronation chicken and sumac; and Creamed feta, lemon and pickled cucumber.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Menu
A selection of savoury sandwiches using our freshly baked Turkish brioche-style bread:

-Spice roasted lamb shoulder, fresh mint, pistachio and pomegranate

-Ceru Coronation chicken and sumac

-Creamed feta, lemon and pickled cucumber 

-Plain scone with sweet labneh and homemade barberry, cranberry and rose jam

-Rose scented lemon meringue tartlet

-Carrot and cardamom cupcake

-Turkish pistachio baklava

Tea of your choice – Fresh mint leaf, Turkish apple tea, Green tea, Camomile, English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong 

Afternoon Tea In The Levant is £19 per person or £25 with a glass of Champagne.

Bookings, which are required, can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 3195 3001.