I told you afternoon tea was a thing round here, right? Well today I am sharing one of my favourite destinations for afternoon tea – I actually discovered it with Christina…not as part of a team Year of the Yes outing (though we do like those to include food), but when we visited London to see a friend. Said friend, Sam (who you may remember from our feature about careers in marketing in the finance sector) had very wisely selected The Wolseley for an afternoon treat. And boy am I glad she did.
I loved it so much though that I bought a friend an afternoon tea voucher from there for her birthday. The best thing about gifting vouchers… if you are lucky you get to enjoy the treat too.
So along we trudged with our lovely boys to spend an afternoon eating sandwiches and cake, and supping on bubbly of course.
One of the best things about The Wolseley is the surroundings. If you can I would recommend you try and reserve one of the balcony seats, because you get the most incredible views for some people watching, but wherever you sit there is just an incredible buzz in the place.
The afternoon tea tiers come out, freshly prepared in the kitchen, with a snug silver dome keeping your scones warn.
I really think it is important for a venue to get the savoury component of afternoon tea right, and I particularly liked that the Wolseley mixed up the traditional with some new flavours. There were smoked salmon sandwiches and egg, of course, but we also sampled chicken and tarragon, cucumber and mint and cream cheese and celery.
They were delicately presented and deliciously light. But you didn’t go hungry. The menfolk were a little bit worried about not getting their fill of sandwiches until the lovely waiter came back to see if we wanted a top-up. Yes please!
When we had finally had enough sandwiches to whet our appetite, we turned out attention to the sweet.
The scones were totally divine – still warm, light and bouncy and delicious. I normally prefer a plain scone to a fruit scone, but these totally won me over. The jam was perfectly decadent too, syrupy goodness homemade with real strawberries.
Then for the cake. There was not one treat that I didn’t love on this plate. There was vanilla cheesecake, caramel eclair, strawberry tart, orange battenburg, opera cake and lemon meringue cake. All with perfectly balanced flavours, and totally moorish.
So if you are in London and looking for a quintessential British treat, you simply have to make your way over to The Wolseley . I have heard that lunch there is pretty good too ,and if the weather is nice you can even soak up the sun in nearby Green Park as well!