Is This The Worst Bastardisation Of Punk To Date?

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 29 months ago
Is This The Worst Bastardisation Of Punk To Date?

If John Lydon selling butter offended you, look away now.

To 'celebrate' the 40th anniversary of punk, W Hotels has started selling a new afternoon tea: "the Anarch-Tea".

Nope, it doesn't mean the waiter has gobbed in your PG Tips. Rather, it involves blending "quintessential British flavours with bold punk designs", all dished up on a cake stand made from records.

Anarchy in the tea room.

Says the press release:

Evoking the 1970s and the start of the punk counterculture era, the cakes are themed around pro-life punk music including God Save the Queen – The Sex Pistols’: a red, white and blue Battenburg, complete with its a marzipan icing crown...

This is the first time we've heard of God Save The Queen being an anti-abortion anthem, but hey, maybe there's a really buried sub text in there.

Elsewhere on the menu you'll find 'Sticky Fingers Little Sandwiches', (conspicuously un-punky) scones with clotted cream and jam, and a strawberry mousse with a wafer 'Mohican'.

And if you're feeling REALLY DARING you can "break the Afternoon Tea rules with the Lust for Life cocktail that blends punchy Cachaça with zesty lime, sugar and passion fruit".

The Anarch-Tea costs £30, the cocktail costs an additional £10; but in our opinion, it's a (Johnny) rotten idea.

Last Updated 13 April 2016