Enjoy a lovely English afternoon tea in the heart of London’s Mayfair, just a stone’s throw from the shops of Bond Street, and sample one of the British-themed cocktails.
In a little cobbled passageway off London’s exclusive shopping parade of Bond Street, lies the elegant Mews of Mayfair, a lovely spot for afternoon tea, located as it is in an 18-century courtyard once frequented by the tailors of Savile Row.
If the sun is out you might want to take your tea al fresco; if not there’s a delightful sitting room inside, decked out with sophisticated black walls in an apparent nod to the interior design of the famous Blakes Hotel.
Tea is served from 2.30-5pm Monday-Friday and 12-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays and the menu has been created by executive chef Michael Lecouteur who has a penchant for seasonal, British ingredients.
The afternoon tea itself, served on tiered plates, comes with an optional glass of scrumptious Veuve Clicquot Champagne, finger sandwiches, miniature bagels and Cotswold Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps, accompanied by delicious warm scones topped with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream and an assortment of English cakes. For us the real treat was the chocolate Battenberg cake, which was simply delicious.
All of the above is served with a selection of luxury leaf teas from the Rare Tea Co or fresh mint leaves, all presented in the sweetest glass teapots, with strainers and extra hot water on the side in a silver pot – perfect for the quintessential British tea experience.
If you’re in no hurry to head back to the shops then you should also try one of the new British cocktails on the Mews menu, made solely with British-produced spirits. Choose between such tempting drinks as The Somerset Sour – made from 10-year-old brandy mixed with fresh lemon, sage and pineapple – and The Lavender Road, made from Bennett & Carter stills of Hendrick’s mixed with martini dry and bianco, finished with Velvet Falernum and lavender notes.
Also this summer, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the Mews will be hosting the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party from 6 July to 31 August, complete with ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ signs, in its opulent private dining room.
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