Another awesome present from the parents (following on from my spa weekend), was our Christmas present of Fortnum and Mason High Tea! I am of course an afternoon tea lover, but Paul is not the biggest fan of the humble sandwich. However! My parents were smart and got us a voucher for the high tea, this meant we got a hot starter, followed by scones and cakes – the best of both worlds.
I love Fortnum and Masons, seriously, it was one of the first shops I visited when I moved to London. I still go back every year to buy Easter and Christmas presents – there is just something about the luxury and quality which I really enjoy. So of course, it has been on my bucket list since I moved here to take tea in the Diamond Jubilee Salon and happily, I was not disappointed!
We headed over to Green Park on a grey Sunday morning and walked up the regal stairs to the 4th floor. Once we got there, the piano started which I always really enjoy at afternoon tea and we were led through to parlour. We had a menu of our hot starter options and the tea menu – which was epic! I finally settled on Moroccan Mint as I am really enjoying green tea with spearmint at the moment, I need it to get me going for the day. Paul went for coffee which came in a cute little cafetiere tea pot and I can confirm he did think it was delicious.
For our hot starter, I went for the smoked haddock fishcake with tartar butter. It was delicious – filled with light, fresh fish, cooked to perfection. The butter sauce was creamy, whereas the salty capers on top cut through it all perfectly. Paul went for the Scotch egg which I stole a bite of – the egg was still runny, covered in succulent sausage and with an amazing curry sauce which complemented it perfectly. Paul has even asked me to try and recreate it at home (we will see!).
Once we had finished, the traditional cake stand came out. We started with scones – they were warm, light and so more-ish. I slathered mine with the blueberry jam – which was so good (big thanks to Miss Pond for that recommendation!), full of little blueberries bursting in every bite (I may have taken the rest of the jar home with me…) then topped with clotted cream. Scones are always the favourite of my afternoon tea, and this was no exception.
By the time we made it to cakes, I’m not going to lie – I was a wee bit stuffed. We got one type of cake each to share, with the waiter telling us it could be refreshed as much as we wanted, but to be honest that was enough! The chocolate orange macaroon was the stand out for me – so chocolatey! Paul really enjoyed the coffee tart.
Once we had nibbled our way through the cakes, we were told that there was also an additional cake stand where we could have slices. Well by this point, I was thinking I may have to be rolled home, but the team were great and boxed us up a slice of chocolate ganache, victoria sponge and some extra scones for us to take home! I thought this was such a great treat, it was awesome to have these on our lazy Monday.
Overall, the staff were excellent, always attentive and happy to replenish whenever needed. The food itself was delicious, the parlour itself beautiful – this is a serious contender for my favourite High Tea in London!