Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason
There’s something wonderfully indulgent about a proper afternoon tea, so when the lovely people at Go See Do asked me if I’d like to experience tea for two at Fortnum & Mason I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give my mum a Mother’s Day/St Patrick’s Day treat.
The tea takes place in the stunning Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which is decorated in white and Eau de Nil and has a lovely atmosphere. It’s very relaxed – there were kids playing on the carpet and no one batted an eye – the staff are friendly and the service is impeccable.
Our reservation was for 2.15pm and I noticed we’d been given until 4.30pm – this is a luxurious Tea, something to be savoured rather than hurried.
After we’d chosen our tea, our stand arrived bearing our sandwich selection, warm scones and little cakes – you can have it replenished when you like, although we found we started to get full after the yummy sandwiches (including smoked salmon, coronation chicken and cucumber) and first scone (warm and delicious, served with your choice of preserves.) I fell in love with the eau de nil and gold china. Want.
There is also a cake trolley, where you can choose from a selection, including (when we went) a decadent chocolate cake, lighter-than-air lemon cake and traditional Battenburg.
The Tea is accompanied by a wonderful pianist who plays a fab selection of tunes, ranging from West End hits to Coldplay and the theme tune from Up, which always reduces me to tears. Or perhaps it was all the cake.