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Monday, 7 March 2016

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason


There is something so quintessentially British about afternoon tea. Even the way it rolls off the tongue is a delight. The refinement and decadence of the whole affair make it a wonderful treat every once in a little while. As my sister recently turned 18 and was coming to visit me in London, we decided that there was no better way to celebrate than afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason. 

I cannot think of a more beautiful place to take afternoon tea than in The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. The room is dotted with the traditional Fortnum & Mason duck egg blue and gold and a grand piano is played in the foyer. The staff working there were wonderful and incredibly helpful. We were taken to a lovely table by the window and presented with two menus; one outlining the food on offer, the other providing an extensive list of teas.

Afternoon Tea Fortnum and Mason


Afternoon Tea Fortnum and Mason


The sheer number of teas were staggering, if not a little overwhelming. In the end I selected the afternoon blend; "a tea from the higher and lower regions of Ceylon with a light, refreshing flavour". It was admittedly the best tea I have ever tasted, dramatic but true. In fact I even felt inclined to purchase some for my own kitchen. If tea is not to your taste, coffee and hot chocolate are also on the menu. My sister and I were also particularly tempted by big jugs full of homemade lemonade. 

We were then presented with a tower of goodies. The first tier consisted of a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, the most delicious being the smoked salmon. The second provided plain and fruit scones with generous jars of strawberry and raspberry jam and a pot of clotted cream. The final tier was made up of a selection of beautiful individual patisserie including black forest gateaux and passionfruit and coconut macarons. Our lovely waitress also told us that any of the tiers could be replenished whenever we liked, free of charge. Naturally we ordered some more smoked salmon sandwiches and scones.

Afternoon Tea Fortnum and Mason Review


Afternoon Tea Fortnum and Mason Review


We were then offered a slice of cake from the cake carriage. I chose lemon and raspberry sponge whilst my sister opted for a rich chocolate cake. Unsurprisingly, much like everything else, it was perfect. We were by this point absolutely stuffed. Who knew that afternoon tea could be so filling? Many of the tables near us couldn't fit in any more cake and so asked for it to be packaged to take home. This perhaps may have been a wise choice as not only would I have looked significantly less like a heavily pregnant woman, I would also have been able to take a little slice of Fortnum and Mason home with me. 

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