We all know I love an afternoon tea. We all also know that I love a good gin and tonic. So when I heard that Mr Fogg’s had combined the two into the G+Tea at their gin parlour*. Well, let me tell you, I was more than excited to give it a try. I had been to Mr Foggs Tavern for Sunday lunch a little while ago and really enjoyed it – classic food and an awesome vibe. And I’m happy to say that the G+Tea followed the same vein!
With a little special door on the side of Mr Foggs tavern, inviting you to ring the doorbell for attention, and that parrots better beware, leads you up a narrow staircase to the parlour. Furnished like an early 20th century living room, it’s full of little table, dainty teacups and many a chez lounge. However, the main difference between this and a manor house is the giant bar stocked full of every gin you’ll ever want to try!
The G+Tea includes a teapot of gin tea (which you can upgrade to bottomless!), a selection of afternoon tea treats, and two small gin samplers to give you a taste of their selection. Once I had headed up the stairs, within 20 seconds I had a giant goblet G+T in my hand, definitely getting off to the right start! I met Katy and we took a seat at one of the dainty tables.
One of the best bits of Mr Foggs is the staff – all of them in great costume and brimming with London vibes. Our great host of the day gave us all a rowsing introduction to gin, which we were emphasized to not double check on the devil of google, before starting into our tasting. It’s rare for me to drink gin neat, but sometimes it’s good to really grab the flavour. We tried a couple – a traditional Jensen’s London dry gin, followed by a earl grey infused gin which definitely gave quite the kick!
To go along with the afternoon tea, each pair got a glorious teapot full of a gin filled concoction. We decided to go for the ‘Do Give this a Chai’ which was chai tea and almond butter infused tanqueray gin along with lemon and honey, garnished with cinnamon sticks and boozy cherries. The cocktail was SO good. Chai and gin are a perfect combination and it was very drinkable. The other two options of offer also sounded amazing – one with green tea and pineapple and one with rose and cranberry green tea with grapefruit.
By this point we were most definitely ready for the food and luckily it appeared on its three tiered platter! For savoury selection, we started with the egg sandwiches – I love a good egg sandwich and this was surely a nice one, plus a really good size. I’m not a fan of cucumber so gave that a miss but did try the cheese and picallili on offer. Alongside the sarnies, we had a little sweet potato frittata which I really enjoyed. The food here totally reminded me of within the tavern, traditional, simple but done well.
We jumped next onto the scones, my only complaint comes here in that I definitely needed more than one little scone! Especially as the scone itself was a good’un. Filled with sultanas, I smothered mine with jam and cream, in that order as only civilized people do (savagery to put cream first, what are you thinking?!). The only upside of only one was that I could definitely fit in a second egg sandwich which was calling my name.
We then jumped into the lemon possets – a nice little cleanser before tackling the sweets. Plus it had cute little edible flowers on top and I have to say I quite enjoyed eating a petal. The posset itself was creamy, zesty and not too sweet. I then jumped straight into the Eton Mess / pavlova, which was as good as the Eton Mess we had at the tavern. Nothing better than crunchy meringue, filled with cream and topped with fruit. It was definitely favourite. I then topped off the whole afternoon tea by scoffing the creamy mini banoffee pie.
By this point, I was totally happily stuffed full of good food and a whole load of gin. We even got a little visit by the resident magician as we ate too – which was totally impressive! I always think I can tell where the trick is going to happen but I definitely can’t.
Overall, I had an awesome time at Mr Foggs Gin Parlour, I highly recommend it if you are looking for something a bit different, and of course, have a bit of a penchant for gin. Be sure to visit the tavern below too, it has the best vibe going on!
Tell me, what’s your stance on gin?
*My afternoon tea was complimentary, but all opinions are my own, as always!