Two British institutions; Marmite and The Dorchester, are set to form the quintessentially British partnership of 2009, as they team up in January to serve the first ever Marmite afternoon tea.

For a limited time only, The Dorchester’s award-winning afternoon tea will begin with a selection of finger sandwiches that includes delicately sliced cucumber sandwiches with the addition of the nation’s most beloved (and hated!) Marmite. This surprising, yet delicious, sandwich combination has become something of a favourite in Britain and even Paddington Bear is trying Marmite sandwiches instead of his traditional choice of marmalade sandwiches. Afternoon tea then continues with warm Dorchester-baked scones served with jams and Devonshire clotted cream before the piece de resistance – a selection of pastries and cakes created by The Dorchester’s team of pastry chefs.

Zoe Jenkins, Food & Beverage Manager at The Dorchester said:

‘Afternoon tea is, and always will be, a wonderful British institution and one of the most popular meals that we serve at The Dorchester. It attracts both Londoners and visitors from all over the world from America to darkest Peru! We look forward to introducing our guests to the taste of Marmite, a fun, new ingredient to our traditional afternoon tea.”

Served in The Dorchester’s elegant, sophisticated Promenade for a limited time only (January 12th – 25th January 2009), guests will enjoy a truly decadent yet original ‘Marmite flavoured’ experience. To reserve a table for the Marmite afternoon tea at The Dorchester between 12th and 25th January, please telephone 020 7629 8888 or email [email protected]. Reservations can also be made on Afternoon tea at The Dorchester is priced at £31.50 per person or £40.50 for Champagne afternoon tea.