‘Where there’s tea, there’s hope.’
-Arthur Wing Pinero
It’s time for tea darling!
I am a self-confessed tea devotee. If you see me and I’m not drinking tea, did you really see me?
I normally keep it simple and stick to Twinings, my favorite flavour being Cranberry & Raspberry. However, when I had the opportunity last week to try out Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason, I jumped at the chance, as tea is truly life and thought it would be amazing to experience afternoon tea for the first time at such an elegant establishment.
I did not leave disappointed! I enjoyed my time there thoroughly! It was a truly chic and traditionally British experience. I spent the time there with great inspiring company, which made the whole experience all the more worthwhile and even more enjoyable.
A little history about Fortnum & Mason …
Fortnum & Mason was first established in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Today, it is privately owned by Whittington Investments Ltd. Fortnum’s offers opulent traditional afternoon tea, on the 4th floor Diamond Jubilee Salon, which was first opened by HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee in March 2012.
There is a tranquil aqua blue pastel decor theme that runs throughout the 4th floor which complements the exquisite chinaware well. The ceilings are decorated with gorgeous chandeliers.
More about my experience ~03/06/2018
Fortnum and Mason is a gorgeous department store. They have different floor levels where they sell items such as perfume and clothes. As I was looking for the 4th Floor, I made sure to quickly peruse the other levels and enjoy the scenery. Definitely, a great place to go window shopping if nothing else!
As I arrived on the 4th floor I was welcomed in by a Pianist playing beautiful classical music on a Grand Piano. I was then ushered by a member of staff to my table to meet the other guests. I was handed a menu which gave me the option of either choosing their classic variety of Afternoon Tea, or a Savoury option. As I have a major sweet tooth I went for the classic option which included a glass of Champagne.
There is a vast tea selection. The staff took their time to recommend different tea options for me based on my favorite flavors that I enjoy already, as well as explaining some of the history and origins of the tea.
I chose Peach Black Tea as my first option. I have a major sweet tooth, so anything sweet gives me joy. I was happy with the flavor and lightness of the tea. The second option I went for was the Strawberry Black Tea, again no complaints. It was really nice, fruity and light on the palate.
The afternoon tea cakes were on the top tier. Individual patisseries included a range of miniature cakes a such as a subtle rose éclair. There was also the option of getting more cakes from the cake carriage such as Victoria sponge and Battenberg ( which I made sure to do, you only live once !).
Plain & Fruit Scones were in the second tier. They were soft and fluffy and came with Somerset Clotted Cream & a Choice of Fortnum & Mason preserve; Lemon Curd, Raspberry, Strawberry, Wild Blueberry – the best of which for me was clotted cream – loved the creamy texture.
There was an array of delectable sandwiches on the third tier, featuring: Coronation Chicken, Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon, Glazed Ham with English Mustard, Cucumber with Mint & Lemon Butter, Rare Breed Hen’s Egg Mayonnaise with Chives which arrived on a pretty silver tray tier platter presented immaculately.
To sum up, I loved everything about my experience! The atmosphere was delightful, with an amazing pianist playing soft classical music in the background. The decor was beautiful and the staff were warm, friendly and attentive.
I can’t wait to hopefully visit again in the near future and do it all over again!
Classic Afternoon Tea: From £49
+ £13 per glass of champagne
For more information, menus and how to book a table please visit their website HERE
…Elegant & Refined
‘Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.’
– Chaim Potok