Eric Lanlard Launches 38,000 ft High Tea with Virgin Atlantic

Celebrity chef and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, aka Cake Boy, is the go-to guy for gateau, and now his high teas are set to become just that, hitting 38,000 ft in a new partnership with Virgin Atlantic

From April, Eric Lanlard is taking his award-winning culinary genius up a notch with Virgin Atlantic, creating a series of bespoke afternoon teas for the London Heathrow Clubhouse and for Upper Class, Premium and Economy cabins on all day flights worldwide.

The London Heathrow Clubhouse serves afternoon tea from 3pm-5.30pm daily, and this latest addition to the menu will be served on a bespoke stand filled with sweat and savoury treats, which can be accompanied by either a pot of tea or Lanson rose champagne.

Enjoy the likes of prosciutto, sunblushed tomato and rocket on a stone baked Campagne brown roll; broccoli, goat’s cheese and cress savoury tart; the obligatory plain and sultana scones with preserves and cream; Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis; dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce and more.

Customers across all three of Virgin Atlantic’s cabins – Upper Class, Premium and Economy – will also get the chance to sample Eric’s signature afternoon tea when flying on day flights. Launching in late summer, the 38,000 ft high tea will feature handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons. Eric will be trialling the onboard high tea on a special test flight this April in order to hone the perfect menu for each cabin.

‘I am very excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to combine my passion for baking with air travel,’ said Eric, a future Virgin Galactic Astronaut. ‘And who better to do it with than a fun, dynamic and iconic brand such as Virgin Atlantic. We’re on a mission to own afternoon tea both in the air and on the ground at the Heathrow Clubhouse.’

‘Virgin Atlantic is famous for its award winning food and drink, and this year we’re taking that reputation to new heights,’ added Daniel Kerzner, VP of Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic. ‘It’s the first time that Eric has partnered with an airline, and I think our customers are going to love it.’