Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea is the most traditional afternoon tea you can eat in London. I went to try it again, minus the tourists, post-lockdown to see if it lived up to expectations.
Established since 1707 in Piccadilly London, Fortnum & Mason’s is one of the oldest department stores in the UK renowned for its grand food hall and decadent hampers. With HRH the Queen’s royal patronage, the store is also on the tourist trail with people coming from all over the world to get just a taste of the Royal life. Covid has decimated the tourism industry in the UK and a visit to Fortnum & Mason’s is proof of that. The store was empty, as was the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon where the afternoon tea was set.
On arrival, we went up to the tea salon and were welcomed to our afternoon tea. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon has been a tea salon since 307 years and has taken many forms, from being an apartment for the Fortnum family to the tea salon it is today. The room is elegant, decorated in the Fortnum colours with references of tea everywhere. I especially loved the tea cans against the wall and the elegant paintings on the wall.
I had the vegetarian afternoon tea as per usual and as soon as our orders were in, we chatted while we waited for our tea to arrive. The tea menu at Fortnum’s is extensive and after a lot of perusing, I settled for the house blend as my starter tea. It was delicious and was provided with our choice of milk, I had the oat milk.
Next, the sandwiches arrived soon after our teas. The vegetarian selection consisted of: cheese and coleslaw, avocado and sundried tomatoes, grilled pepper and hummus, and cucumber and cream cheese. They were delicious, beautifully made and so good in fact, that I immediately asked for them to top them up for me again.
The scones were equally good, warm and fresh. I was given a plain scone and raisin scone accompanied by clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd. They worked so well together and I really enjoyed them!
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I changed up my tea before getting to the desserts. The desserts consisted of meringue and cream with orange, chocolate truffle, strawberry cheesecake topped with coulis and a vanilla and caramel mousse in the middle. I found the desserts really sweet, but they worked well with my fresh mint tea that finally arrived after a lot of asking.
This is my second time at Fortnum and Mason’s and I have always said this. The food is good, really good in fact but I always find the service a little bit rushed. I spent a lot of time trying to get the waiter’s attention and they were not even as busy as they normally would be on a weekend.
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