London 2013: Afternoon Tea at The Wolseley7/20/2013 11:14:00 AM
How perfect is that tier of tea-time treats? It was with that delightful afternoon tea that we finished our weekend in London.
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I must admit I hadn't heard of The Wolseley before this trip, but when my friend Clarice suggested "a proper high tea at The Wolseley (Nigella's fave!)" in our pre-trip emails, I was totally down! I made a booking online for the Sunday afternoon, thinking that it would be a nice way to round off the weekend before catching the Eurostar back to Paris. Due to the timing, we actually had to go to the train station directly from The Wolseley, and rocked up with our coats, mini-suitcases and shopping bags (including lots of great stuff from a mad-dash through nearby Fortnum and Mason just beforehand). We'd been worried that this might cause an issue, but the staff very kindly put all our bags in the cloakroom for us when we arrived, and we were free to relax and enjoy the afternoon.
|The main dining area|
However, we were most certainly there for afternoon tea! Their Full Afternoon Tea is priced at £22.50, which gets you a pot of tea, and a tier of fruit scones, cakes and sandwiches, all made in-house. (See the picture at the top of this post). I splashed out and got a glass of champagne for an extra £10.
I loved the teapots and the pretty silver accessories!
|Jam and cream|
I just had to take a picture and show you how thick the cream was. Heaven.
We started from the bottom up, saving the best for last. The scones were kept warm under the pretty silver cloche - a great idea.
Now, the dessert tier!
And finally (yes, we were getting full, but we persevered) we indulged in the scones. I found it interesting that they only served fruit scones and no plain ones, but given that I prefer fruit ones anyway, I wasn't complaining. The judicious use of dried fruit here ensured that you got a hint of sweet dried fruit, without it becoming overpowering. (Clarice, who loathes puddings based on dried fruit, like mince pies and Christmas cake, still liked these).
|Scones with cream and jam|
And that's the last post for this London weekend! After this delicious tea, we took the Eurostar back to Paris, where more culinary adventures ensued. Can't wait to share them with you!
I hope you enjoyed by posts about London; here they are in a list!