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Virgin Atlantic to start serving signature Lanlard high teas

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Passengers flying with Virgin Atlantic will soon be able to enjoy the quintessential English delight of mile-high tea in the afternoon. Virgin is collaborating with celebrity chef and restaurateur Eric Lanlard to provide passengers with gourmet sarnies, scones, sweet treats and premium teas.

The forerunner mile-high teas were launched last month and guests are now able to enjoy the experience at Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport. Tea is served between 15:00 and 17:30 every afternoon. Delightful morsels like sandwiches stuffed with salmon and prosciutto ham, goat's cheese tart, tea and champagne will satisfy even the most discerning foodie.

After the initial roll-out at the Heathrow Clubhouse, Virgin says skyborne afternoon teas at 38,000 feet will be offered to passengers by sometime towards the end of the summer season. Those flying in the daytime on any of the carrier's flights will then be able to enjoy the teas.

Chef Lanlard is set to create signature teas for each cabin class. This means passengers flying in Premium, Upper and Economy classes will get to sample special teas. The master chef has already stated he will be offering trial menus for each class before deciding what will be served in the finished product.

Commenting on the new Virgin partnership, Chef Lanlard noted he was thrilled and couldn't wait to blend premium food with air travel. Virgin vice-president Daniel Kerzner was equally as upbeat and said the Lanlard menu would provide passengers with an extra dining option and one that would leave them amazed.