My perfect British summer treat is sitting with a jam and cream scone (that’s cream before jam by the way) so naturally I’m all up in that afternoon tea.
Nestled around 5 minutes from green park station the Drawing Room of Flemings Mayfair is where we took to our tea. The decor has 1940s style imagery of colonial India, no doubt a nod to the tea harvested there that has become a part of British culture; pops of colour throughout with flowers and ornaments mixed with new wave library nooks with a range of fiction and non fiction reads and velvet emerald seating. There’s patterned rugs covering wooden flooring and the tea is served on decorative plates and in fine china cups and the cakes come on a classic silver tiered server all of which made for a cosy but upper class experience.
You have a choice of either tea or champagne with your afternoon tea. There’s a huge selection of teas mainly from East India company, and an equally appetising selection of sandwiches and cakes. We had scones (of course) with a super soft chantilly cream, beef with horseradish sandwiches, salmon & cream cheese, egg & cress and more plus a mini vicky sponge, blueberry meringue and other cakes I honestly wolfed down too quick to remember!
I went for oolong tea, which we each had our own pot of, and when it came to the sammys the egg and cress was a clear winner for me, I had seconds plus an extra one to take home it was that fresh and creamy on a delicious soft bun.
I have to say I felt super British that day in my white shirt, tweed pinafore and Russell & Bromley loafers. We were only in the room with one other couple which made for an even more personal experience but I think the bustling conversation over tea would be equally welcomed.
The waiters and host were so polite, I want to add a quirky fact that I went to the loo and it was the best I’ve been in decor wise since the Savoy; it gave me inspo for my own place that I’ve just moved into.
A British summer is almost synonymous with picnics filled with classic sandwiches and cakes but if you’re after something to spoil yourself and a loved one, I’d definitely recommend Flemings.