On Monday, 17th May, we (those of us in England) were allowed back indoors in restaurants, cafés, pubs, cinemas and theatres. 🙂
At 14.30 on Monday, 17 May, a friend and I sat down to an early Afternoon Tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in Fortnum and Mason. I was practically giddy with excitement. We opted to have Champagne (because Champagne) with our choice of tea (Royal Blend decaf). I had the traditional Afternoon Tea and my friend had the High Tea (which meant that she had a hot course of Welsh Rarebit).
Sandwich selection: Suffolk Cured Ham with Piccalilli, Cucumber with Mint Cream Cheese, Legbar Blue Hen’s Egg Mayonnaise with Watercress, Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon with Samphire and Coronation Chicken.
Pastries: Matcha mille-feuille type thing, brandy snap filled with Eton Mess, mini rose-flavoured éclair, raspberry and white chocolate tart, and mango mousse on a biscuit base.
Scones: Plain & Fruit Scones with Fortnum & Mason Strawberry Preserve, Lemon Curd & Clotted Cream.
The atmosphere in the Tea Salon was buzzing, plenty of chatter and the clink of china, all set against the background of Fortnum’s in-house pianist. The tables were well spaced and thought had been given to seating – we were seated at a table for four. One minor criticism was that the service was a little slow on occasion – we had to ask three times for our pots of tea.
Afternoon Tea isn’t cheap at Fortnum’s, but it’s served as an all-you-can-eat affair and guests are welcome to box up leftovers to take home (which we did). You can book here.