HONG KONG - Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental hotel stirred up ridicule on Friday with an afternoon-tea promotion for men based on pork pies and beef rather than dainty snacks “normally preserved for women”.

The five-star hotel denied that it’s marketing campaign for the “Gentlemen’s Power Snack” and “Gentlemen’s Power Afternoon Tea” was hottest, but a women’s rights group heaped scorn on the language used in a press release. “The afternoon-tea ritual with delicate sandwiches and warm scones is one that is normally preserved for women,” the Mandarin’s release said.

From March, however, “distinguished men will be able to meet and relax, or secure business deals over two different afternoon teas which have been created especially for them”, it said.