Apart from all the dinners we go out for, my love for all things sweet is one of my biggest weaknesses.
I absolutely love baking, creating and mostly importantly EATING all things cake. You might have seen the cookies that I baked a few weeks ago, if not, I did double chocolate chip and sugar cookies and they were amazing.
Anyhoo, I digress into a cookie/cake heaven everytime I think of baked goods so it’s a good job that London has some of the best Afternoon Teas that the world has to offer. Rumour has it, Afternoon Tea was invented by the the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna. She would always feel hungry between lunch and dinner, she sounds like my kind of girl! EmJay often refers to me as a Tamagotchi as he has to make sure ‘I’m fed’ every couple of hours!
So, back to the Afternoon Tea. I’ve been to a few around London, ranging from traditional (This one was most certainly the most traditional), to the quirky and a little bit different (The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Beauty and the Beast inspired tea’s come to mind). I love the thought of getting together with friends to have a good old gossip with some sweet and savoury bits and pieces and lots of tea to sip on. If I have friends or family coming to visit, it’s often one of the first things I think of doing with them.
Fortnum and Masons was certainly one of the most British and traditional afternoon tea’s I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, it has a range of several different kinds of food options including a hot dish option and a savoury option for those without a sweet tooth. All this and they cater for all dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free which is always a bonus as everyone is taken care of.
Out of the 4 of us, 3 of us ordered a vegetarian afternoon tea. We were advised when we ordered that it was unlimited and so if we wanted to have more of anything we could order. We got to choose from an extensive list of teas which arrived promptly and then awaited our sweet treats.
We all fell in love with the tea strainers, so much so we took a pit stop to check out if we could buy them on the way out. You could indeed buy them, for a hefty price, it’s safe to say we gave them a miss.
Next up our afternoon tea was served. A selection of finger sandwiches, scones and patisseries.
The sandwich selection included cucumber with mint & lemon butter, an open barber’s cheddar and red onion chutney, rare breed hen’s egg mayonnaise with chives, coronation cauliflower hummus and grilled courgettes with a tomato dressing. All of them tasted amazing. Freshly sliced bread, and beautifully balanced fillings. We got seconds of them all too.
The scones were served with Fortnums strawberry preserves, lemon curd and clotted cream, they were lovely and fluffy and the preserves were so tangy, they married perfectly with the cream. The patisseries were equally delicious. It’s safe to say we were almost bursting at the seems by the time we’d finished.
When we were ready to leave, our waitress reminded us that we could also choose a slice of cake from the cake carriage to take away with us. Just look at the selection we had to choose from!
I went for the raspberry sponge, along with our left over patisseries, the slices were carefully packed up for us and we were all given our bags full of goodies to take home.
We had the best time, the service was great and our teas were always topped up. I can’t wait to visit Fortnum’s again. I’m secretly hoping EmJay enjoyed his slice of cake so much he’ll book it for us so we can go and have a nice afternoon in London on one of the rare weekends we get together, here’s hoping!
You can find out more about the Fortnum & Mason afternoon tea here. Be sure to make your reservation in advance to avoid not getting a table, it’s definitely a must do for anyone visiting the city for the first time!