Newens Launch covered by Malaysian Tatler
While we are celebrating the end of year 2014, let us also welcome the coming year with new exciting eateries and restaurants that you need to visit in the coming month.
December saw a list of intriguing establishments opening including a famed Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, a Australian-owned restaurant, a new brunch spot, a British teahouse and an upmarket Italian dining place.
So, ready your appetite and loosen your belts as these new establishments will have you satiated with delicious culinary surprises - perfect to kickstart the exciting year ahead.
Newens Tea House at Starhill Gallery
With a 500 year old Maids of Honour tart recipe, first discovered by Tudor King Henry VIII, Newens Teahouse is set to change the afternoon tea experience for Malaysians with its decadent art-decor inspired outlet in Starhill Gallery.
As the first Newens outside of the United Kingdom, diners can finally enjoy this delicious recipe without the need to fly halfway across the world to its motherland. Also remember to try its delicious afternoon tea experience with sixty varieties of specialist teas and signature Newen pies.
Newens launch covered by Richmond Guardian
From Kew to Kuala Lumpur - a cake with a 500 year history been made in Malaysia for the first time.
The maids of honour tarts were first discovered by king Henry VIII and were declared so delicious the recipe was kept under lock and key for 200 years.
The monarch is believed to have seen Anne Boleyn eating the tarts baked by one of her maids of honour and was so captivated by the tart's taste he declared they should be made only for the royal court.
The recipe was kept a secret until the 18th century when it was leaked by a palace cook to a bakery in Richmond where Robert Newens served his apprenticeship before starting the Newens family business in 1850.
Last month, the recipe was finally shared on the other side of the world, with the opening of a Newens Tea House at Starhill Gallery in the Malaysian capital city.
The tea house, which can seat 197 people, was officially opened on December 9 by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, managing director of YTL Corporation Berhad, and Dean Martin, owner of the original Newens Tea House in Kew Road.
Guests at the opening enjoyed the Newens' maids of honour tarts at the art-deco inspired venue, along with other delicacies and 60 varieties of specialist teas from around the world.
Speaking at the event, Mr Yeoh said: "We are proud to announce that Newens Tea House of London has been included in our portfolio, being brought from Kew Gardens, London, exclusively to Starhill Gallery.
"This demonstrates the level of confidence that global luxury brands have in Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic growth and of Starhill Gallery's vision in particular."
The opening of the new tea house is the first time the maids of honour tarts, which was passed down through five generations of the Newens family, have been baked outside the UK.
Newens now plans to expand the tea houses across south-east Asia.
Newens high profile visitors
NEWENS isn’t just loved by royalty - the historic London tea house has also played host to some of the world’s most famous celebrities and leading political figures.
In September 1945 Newens, which had been reduced to rubble during a Nazi bombing raid, played host to Britain’s war-time Prime Minister, and arguably greatest leader, Sir Winston Churchill.
Sir Winston, who had resigned as Prime Minister two months previously after steering Britain through World War II since 1940, visited the London branch where it’s understood he enjoyed Newens famous Maids of Honour tarts.
Other high profile guests who have visited the mock-Tudor tea house situated opposite The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, including Hollywood royalty, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and TV mogul, Simon Cowell.
Cowell, 54, who lives in west London is a regular visitor to Newens, and happily posed for photographs with Newens staff during his most recent visit earlier this year.
Austin Powers actress Heather Graham also lists Newens as one of her favourite London destinations, telling a magazine interview this year: “I love having tea at The Original Maids of Honour, a tea house near Kew Gardens in London.
“It’s super old-worldy. They have English tea and a classic chicken pie. It’s so good.”
A Newens spokesman said: “We’ve been honoured to have played host to some of the most famous names in history and it’s a testament to the quality of our staff that people keep coming back.
“We hope to continue that trend with our new branch in Kuala Lumpur which will bring a taste of Newens to Malaysia.”
Newens Tea House Kuala Lumpur opened by British High Commissioner as Maids of Honour tarts are baked outside UK for the first time in 500 years.
THEY were first discovered by Tudor King Henry VIII who declared them so delicious the recipe was kept secret for 200 years
Now historic Maids of Honour have come to Malaysia for the first time, with the launch of Newens Tea House at Starhill Gallery.
The 197-seater venue was officially opened on 9 December by The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, YBhg. Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Tan Sri Yeoh Tong Lay, Dato' Yeoh Soo Min and Dean & Kimberley Martin, owners of the original Newens Tea House in London.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony guests were invited to enjoy Newens’ Maids of Honour tarts at the art-deco inspired venue
Afternoon tea, Newens pies and other delicacies, freshly baked on-site were also served alongside 60 varieties of specialist teas from exclusive stockists around the world.
Speaking at the event, Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh said: “We are proud to announce that Newens Tea House of London has been included in our portfolio, being brought from Kew Gardens, London exclusively to Starhill Gallery.
“This demonstrates the level of confidence that global luxury brands have in Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic growth and of Starhill Gallery's vision in particular.”
It was the first time Maids of Honour tarts - which are baked using traditional methods and to a secret recipe which has been passed down through five generations of the Newens family - have been baked outside the UK.