There is something quite special about Afternoon Tea. Relaxing with a glass of champagne, before browsing an extensive list of exotic teas and feasting on a selection of delicate sandwiches, scones and cakes is a wonderful way to mark a special occasion. Afternoon Tea is a leisurely, social and quintessentially English activity. And the new Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason has to be one of the world’s most desirable destinations to enjoy such a treat.
Newly launched this year by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, the refurbishment of the fourth floor of this renowned Piccadilly establishment is nothing less than hugely impressive. The pale green theme, open-plan dining area and impeccably mannered staff encourage a sophisticated atmosphere, which is further emphasised by a live pianist showcasing his repertoire.
Fortnum and Mason has great historic value and has been sourcing and selling superb quality tea for over 300 years. It was therefore a natural progression for the unique department store to open a restaurant that offered the ‘Afternoon Tea Experience’ to customers.
Louis Roederer and Dom Perignon are highlights on the Champagne list and the choice of tea is extensive, with both Chinese and Indian blends well represented. The Flavoured Black Teas are particularly delicious, with the strawberry or apple infused option a good choice. The waiters and waitresses are incredibly passionate and proud of the huge variety of teas on offer and they are eager to educate or answer any questions.
The delicate sandwich selection features Roast Beef, Horseradish and Capers and Oak Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter, among a broad selection of enticing combinations. Delicately presented, each sandwich feels soft in your mouth and more than satisfies the taste buds.
After enjoying a savory start, the sight and smell of Fortnum’s Scones is simply divine. Freshly baked, they are served with Somerset Clotted Cream and a Fortnum and Mason preserve of your choice; the Jubilee Royal Sovereign Strawberry presenting the most traditional choice.
The dining experience proceeds with a serving of individual cakes and patisseries. The fine detail and bold colours ensure the penultimate treats look impressive. Finally, guests are then invited to browse the Diamond Jubilee Cake Carriage, which features exquisite macaroons and Battenberg, among other sweet treats.
Even the idea of repeating Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason is enough to make our mouths water and relaxing in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a sophisticated and magical experience, which you won’t forget in a hurry.
Due to the popularity of Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason, it is advisable to book several days in advance. You can make a reservation by visiting the website HERE or by phoning: +44 (0) 845 602 5694