Okay so this post isn’t exactly Christmas related but I am just back from a lovely few days in London. I have been obsessed with all things Fortnum and Mason for ages so booked to go there for Afternoon Tea and I am so glad we did.
The whole store is gorgeous, I could have spent serious money here but, surprisingly, had my sensible hat on (I mean, I did still spend a fair bit but not as much as I could have!) Afternoon Tea is served in The Jubilee Tea Salon on the 4th floor so my auntie, my mum and myself made our way up and were quickly shown to our table. The Tea Salon is fairly big but the staff were attentive regardless. There was a pianist there for entertainment and I thought this was just perfect. It was even better that he was playing a mixture of classics, musicals and contemporary music, something for everyone!
After perusing the menu, we made our choices and it was obvious nothing was too much trouble. My auntie asked to change a few of the sandwich choices and this was done with no hassle. I love Fortnum’s teaware so was delighted when our cake stand was brought over and matched the teacups and saucers. I know vintage ‘mix n match’ is very in right now but I’m a sucker for a matching set.
There were a fair few sandwiches to make our way through: coronation turkey, smoked salmon, cucumber and mint, egg mayonnaise, and ham and mustard. It’s always great to have a variety of breads as well as fillings so I was delighted at this offering.
There was a plain and fruit scone for each of us accompanied by clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam. The scones were so delicious and baked to perfection. The jam was so fresh and fruity so I did make sure to buy a jar to take home with me.
Unfortunately, I was too full to take advantage but the cakes on offer were refreshable, something I’ve never experienced before at Afternoon Tea. The five on offer were lush: raspberry and rose éclair, peach macaron, Black Forest gateaux, hazelnut and chocolate, and something square and fruity… I really can’t remember what it was and it’s not on the Fortnum’s menu, I’m afraid. Following this you are also offered cake from the cake carriage. It all looked incredible so we all opted for a piece but took it home in the most adorable boxes for later.
Fortnum’s is famed for its tea and I can see why. I already knew I liked the Breakfast blend so tried to (slightly) broaden my horizons and tried their Afternoon and Royal blend. They were both fab so I treated myself to a Royal blend loose leaf tea caddy before leaving London.
At £46 a head, this Afternoon Tea is not cheap but it’s absolutely worth it. The whole ambiance of Fortnum’s is incredible and so much thought goes into everything they do. If you’re looking for a luxurious Afternoon Tea in central London, this is it. I’d go back in a heartbeat.