Woburn’s Sculpture Gallery celebrates the Queen’s 90th
"The Woburn Estate has long had a special connection with afternoon tea"
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey launched a competition to seek out the best amateur baker in the area, with Beverly Turner’s winning cake being served to guests at Woburn’s indoor street party on Sunday 15th May.
Beverley’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ miniature cake impressed Olivier Bertho, executive chef at The Sculpture Gallery and Olivier’s Restaurant at The Woburn Hotel, who chose to include the heart shaped creation on the event’s afternoon tea menu. The cake features a layer of fruity strawberry jam sandwiched between two layers of sponge with a vanilla butter cream piped on top, finished with a fanned strawberry dipped in Pimm’s jelly.
The street party saw over 100 guests enjoy Beverley’s creation as part of an afternoon tea with a royal twist, accompanied by a nostalgic sing-along with Lili La Scala, 'The Songbird of Trafalgar Square', followed by classic garden games.
Speaking of the event, executive chef Olivier said; “Beverley’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ creation really impressed us; taking inspiration from the nation’s sentiment towards our monarch was a clever idea. The event was a big success and Beverley’s cake made a very fitting centrepiece for the afternoon tea that was enjoyed by all who came along.”
The Woburn Estate has long had a special connection with afternoon tea; it is where Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, popularised the tradition in the 1840s and visitors continue to enjoy her chosen afternoon tea selection at The Woburn Hotel today.
This event was the latest in a series planned by The Woburn Estate for 2016, including a special Father’s Day gentleman’s afternoon tea on the 16th June and the much anticipated performance from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing’s Lance Ellington on the 24th June.