Afternoon tea is a great British institution that we’re always happy to celebrate. At The Ned they serve cakes, scones and sandwiches on Burleigh’s ‘Green Hibiscus’ - a bespoke collection of pottery created exclusively for us (you’ll also find it in the bedrooms). The classic print from the Burleigh archives blooms with Hibiscus blossoms - also known as 'Bermuda Roses' - and will look just as good in a casual setting as on a formal dining table with crisp linens and crystal.

Battenberg cake is a classic teatime treat that you'll find on the table in every House at 3pm. It is known for its distinctive pink and yellow squares, which are achieved by baking two separate cakes, then assembling them in a checkerboard pattern. Apricot jam holds everything together and the finished cake is wrapped in marzipan. References to Battenberg started appearing in print in the late 1890s and it is believed that the cake was so named in honour of the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria, to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.

UK Executive Pastry Chef Kady Yon explained how to make the signature Soho House Battenberg – serve it on our Hibiscus china with a Barwell coupe of champagne or a cup of Earl Greyand enjoy a Ned-style afternoon tea at home.

The Ned’s Battenberg Cake


340g butter
340g caster sugar
6 eggs
340g self-raising flour
Pink and yellow food colouring

Creaming method:

Pre-heat your oven to 180C / gas 4
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a paddle attachment
Slowly stream in eggs and colour and mix until combined
Add in flour and mix
Divide mixture into two different trays which have been greased and lined with baking parchment or greaseproof paper
Bake in over at 165°C (gas mark 4) until done
To tell if the cakes are cooked insert a pick or thin blade into the cake, it should come out clean

To assemble:

Sandwich the two cakes together with apricot jam
Cut in widths half the size of the depth of the cake
Cut brown edges off and lay together in alternate colours
Spread with apricot jam and sandwich into squares

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