Afternoon Tea: Fortnum and Mason – Piccadilly, London

Finger sandwiches – coronation chicken, Fortnums smoked salmon, cucumber with mint and cream cheese, honey roast ham with grain mustard, egg mayonnaise and and English cress 

Fortnums savoury scones – cheddar cheese scone with caramelised onion, Portland crab scone with Granny Smith Apple 

Afternoon tea savouries – lobster and egg mayonnaise, wild mushroom puff with truffle, English asparagus and Parma ham, savoury choux with smoked salmon tartare, quail egg, pea panna cotta and cheese straw

Yes I know what you’re thinking – afternoon tea again?! And yes, we are a bit of a sucker for it now! But to be fair, this one was booked a long time ago as we knew we wanted to celebrate moving in together in style, and there is no better style than Fortnum and Mason! After our treat from my Grandma to have breakfast here not so long ago, we had to come back for their famous tea!

Located on the 4th floor of the main Fortnum and Mason store is the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, where we were immediately greeted by the manager in a back drop of a classical piano played by a suited and booted gent – pure class!

We were seated by our waiter and the salon was fairly quiet when we arrived at 2.45, but it got grauduly busier to make the perfect atmosphere of quiet chatter and the live music in the background.

The menu presented us with a fair amount of different afternoon teas to choose from – we opted for the savoury option as we were looking for something slightly different our trip to Chatsworth House at the weekend. Although we still had a sweet cake as dessert. We also had a choice of their famous blend teas to choose from – I chose a floral ‘Fortmason’ tea, and Jessica chose a strawberry flavoured black tea – both lovely and regularly topped up by the waiter.

It may look in the picture that we wouldn’t be filled by it, but you would be wrong to think that! It’s deceivingly a lot of food, especially when we were offered another round of sandwiches, which of course we said yes to! By the time those were eaten, we were ready for our slice of cake which we got to go up to the stand where our waiter explained each option to us.

This was a meal we’ll certainly remember – the food, service and atmosphere was of impeccable quality and all in all was the perfect way to commemorate our relationship milestone.

I am hugely grateful to Jessica for making this her treat, and for everything else which has ensured this process to be smooth and a successful one!

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★★★

Toilets: ★★★★★

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