We went en famille for tea at Fortnum and Mason on Sunday. It seemed like the decent thing to do now that eating food prepared by someone else is back on the agenda!
For those uninitiated yet tempted to hot foot it to Piccadilly or knock up a batch of scones at home here is a short review, a handy hint, and an unmissable invitation!
The short review: Just Go! It was fabulous.
For those of you wanting more persuasion here is a little more about our experience.
As with all classic afternoon teas ours began with sandwiches including coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon. Luckily the sandwiches are replenished regularly and ours certainly were, with almost embarrassing regularity. I am reasonably sure I could eat coronation chicken sandwiches three times a day every day.
Next came the transition from savoury to sweet via small reception scones served with clotted cream and jam. These accompaniments are to the scone what at BagButler we believe your accessories are to your outfit. Devon or Cornwall style is perfectly acceptable. After all, the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is no place for regional disputes over the application order of jam and cream! Rather an elegant scene of artfully matched dresses, shoes, bags and accessories amid the chink of fine china and the sighs of ooh and ah.
Finally the top tier of the cake stand then becomes the focus as this is where the, almost too pretty to eat, cakes reside. We were banking on there being a rose éclair in the selection and we were not disappointed. As you can see the éclair paired beautifully with our Pink Chanel mini flap both in scale and hue.
For those more committed to cake consumption than ourselves there is also the quaint custom of the cake trolley.
Under great glass domes large cakes wait to be sliced by your waiter. On our visit there was the famous F&M Battenberg, Sacher-Torte and a rather yummy looking raspberry and lemon sponge. In other words something for everyone who unlike us didn’t overconsume on the sandwiches!
Of course every afternoon tea involves liquid refreshment too and it is always tempting to start with a glass of bubbly. As to the drink of tea the menu is impressive. Stay with your tried and tested favourite or venture into new tea territory such as an English brew from the Tregothnan plantation in Cornwall or a fresh mint infusion with mint grown uniquely for F&M in Hampshire.
All in all our afternoon tea was a delightful diversion from the seriousness of the world and an experience to be repeated with indecent regularity.
If you fancy making a batch of scones for an afternoon tea experience at home, we offer you this tip provided by a very high authority on the subject. We couldn’t possibly divulge the source though.
To achieve the best tasting scones with the best rise follow your normal recipe but crucially add an egg to your measuring jug and then make up the additional required liquid with milk or better still buttermilk. The addition of an egg takes away the taste of the baking powder.
Who wants to meet me at F&M for tea? BagButler is inviting two of our handbag enthusiasts to join Tina for tea. Tea is booked for:
To be one of the lucky winners all you need to do is:
1. Head over to our feed and like our Tea Party post
2. Tag a friend who you think may like to win this luxury prize. You can tag as many friends as you like but make sure there is only one per comment.
3. Make sure you and your friend are following @bagbutler.ldn (this will be checked)
4. Share to stories and we will put in an extra entry (tag us both)
5. The competition ends on Friday 24th July, and we will announce the winner on our stories.
Good luck and happy tagging!
Photo credits to Fortnum & Mason for the wonderful photo’s allowing me to showcase their offerings!