I was recently very, very lucky to enjoy high tea in the exquisitely decorated Diamond Jubliee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason. Undoubtably my most favourite way to enjoy an afternoon, I couldn’t resist booking a table when I discovered the children ate free, making this special treat for the whole family much more affordable.
The taking of tea between lunch and dinner became a formal ritual amongst the upper classes of English society is credited to the Duchess of Bedford. Afternoon tea is now a pastime enjoyed as a special treat usually including finger sandwiches, scones and fine cakes. High tea includes a slightly more substantial savoury beginning course.
We decided to eat from the high tea menu, I chose a delicious lobster omelette victoria served with lobster bisque and shaved truffle and my husband opted for chicken in butter puff pastry with baby leeks. Then followed by freshly baked warm scones with raspberry preserve, lemon curd and clotted cream. Finishing off with a plate of dainty individual patisserie. Meanwhile, my children had a delightful selection of sandwiches, including corn fed chicken, honey glazed ham, free range egg mayonnaise and cress and of course cucumber sandwiches. The children’s afternoon tea is charming with its character chocolate cakes, jammy dodgers and macarons.
Not forgetting the tea itself, which you choose from a tea menu. I prefer breakfast tea but for true tea connoisseurs there is an exceptional choice of tea blends available. On paying our bill we were given samples of Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea blend in mini canisters, which I think is rather lovely.
We thoroughly enjoyed our high tea, every mouthful tasted amazing. Even with a mischievous toddler the staff were very attentive and helpful. Tea at Fortnum & Mason is truly a wonderful experience, I highly recommend you try it for yourself. Do look out for the children dining free offers that run every so often.
Until next time.