The weekend after my birthday Susan and I went to London for sister time. This was something we’d planned in Summer and were both really excited for and rather than doing the usual shopping or sight seeing, we decided we wanted to do something a little special. So we booked a table in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in Fortnum and Mason.
This was our first time going to Fortnum and Mason and it was amazing! Although a little packed and full of hectic Christmas shoppers, the shop itself was incredible with loads of floors full of gifts and a market with fresh fruit and flowers. Everything was in signature blue and gold including the shopping baskets.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is on the top floor, so we took the lifts which although surprisingly small, were still very glam – all gold and mirrored. When we reached the Salon we were greeted by lovely staff who quickly took us to our table after asking how our days had been etc. The room was huge and felt luxurious, with a lot of staff busy serving people. Once again the room was signature blue. Before ordering we both decided to use the loos and I know this is going to sound weird – BUT THEY WERE SO FANCY. Of course this was the type of toilet with hand cream alongside the soap but it also had huge mirrors, a marble sink and flannels to dry your hands which you simply put in the (laundry I assume) bins afterwards. I love a nice ladies room.
At our table we were given a few moments to choose what to order and again the serving staff were very polite and helpful. Anything we weren’t sure about was explained to us and we were told all of the food from the afternoon tea was replenishable. In other words all you can eat scones and finger sandwiches, hellooooo!
Within our menus was a vast choice of tea which was incredible even to someone like me who hates tea. Sorry, not sorry. Susan ordered Earl Grey while I opted for Peppermint. We also both had a glass of fresh lemonade and a bottle of water for the table which we totally did not need lol. Goodbye £4.
We ate so many finger sandwiches, we were loving life. And of course we asked for more. Although these were ordinary fillings such as ham and mustard, egg and cress – they had a sort of elegance to them. Or maybe I was just being wooed by my surroundings and made to feel special. Maybe it’s because the plates were warmed for some reason. Strange.
The scones were warm and delicious, although the fruit scones on the crumbly side. With them we had a pot of Somerset clotted cream and Fortnum and Mason’s own little pots of strawberry jam and lemon curd. ‘Lemon curd on a scone?!’ You may ask. Well, I’m a lover of lemon curd and of course had to give it a try and it was truly amazing. I think this has changed my life. Try it. And what’s great was we got to keep the pots of jam and curd afterwards as we hadn’t finished them. Now all I need is to buy some scones…
On to the Pâtisserie level. These were all explained to us when the cake stand was served. But by this point we had forgotten what most of them were. What I do remember was a sticky, ultra sweet red velvet cake square, a tiny lemon meringue pie and a rose eclair. By this point we were fuller than we expected to be. How could a couple of sandwiches and a scone fill us up so much?
And so we powered through and went to the cake cart to choose a slice. Here was a vast selection of cakes such as battenburg and a chocolate tart. I went for a huge three layer vanilla and raspberry cake whilst Susan went for a banana cake. But we were wrong. We were too full. Luckily you get to have anything you don’t finish and want to keep boxed up to take home. You can also do this with the sandwiches and scones. I now realise we missed an opportunity here since they were refillable… but oh well.
Overall it was an amazing (and pricey!) experience, but girl you gotta treat yo’ self!
Do you love afternoon tea?
Thank you for reading,