Afternoon Tea At Fortnum And Mason’s St James’s Restaurant

Posted on January 3rd, 2008 in Afternoon Tea,Places To Visit by Stephanie

One of the great British traditions that I absolutely adore is going to afternoon tea.  I booked a table last Saturday afternoon at Fortnum and Mason’s St James’s restaurant (see my Fortnum and Mason post for more information about the store) which was a nice escape from the cold weather outside!  The St James’s restaurant is situated on the entire 4th floor which is elegantly furnished with plush sofas as well as couples seats for more intimate dining.  We were given a choice of either traditional afternoon tea or high tea, with or without champagne.  We decided on the high tea given that we had not yet had lunch and wanted some hot food – I chose the Welsh Rarebit which is basically a posh name for cheese on toast.  This was also served with scones, a selection of cakes and of course tea.  The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, the service is attentive and friendly and there is also a live pianist.  It really is a beautiful escape from the busy city and is definately something I would recommend trying at least once.

Afternoon Tea

Scones and Cakes

Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea

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Comment by Neena (NeenMachine)
2008-01-03 04:26:45

How lovely! I too, love afternoon tea. There is a little tea house in a small town in Pennsylvania that I visited a few times. It is just charming.

2009-05-01 11:45:42

Yeah this concept seems new to me, but would like to try out!

Comment by Matt Benches
2008-01-04 23:09:23

I would have visited this restuarant. But i dint had tea instead of i had cakes. This restuarant has a beautiful atmosphere

Comment by best cd rates
2008-01-06 01:22:55

Tea is my cup of tea. I love drinking tea before I go to bed at night too. Just makes you feel all nice and warm inside.

Comment by WI
2008-01-06 16:20:16

Those scones look delish and the sandwiches (on the menu) mouthwatering. Wil check this out when I’m in London this summer.

Comment by Entertainment
2008-01-07 10:10:08

It is just charming.

Comment by homeloan default
2008-01-07 10:11:13

I enjoyed it.

Comment by make money
2008-01-07 14:43:54

yam….. I am feeling hungry with the look in the pic. I can’t wait. Nice place.

2008-01-08 15:20:51

I love afternoon te too and with biscuits they are too good.My place has a small tea house..I will visit there whenever I am having time

Comment by Make Money Online
2008-01-09 16:55:00

Your pictures are making me hungry!!!

Comment by Danzel
2008-01-09 22:32:42

Cool teapot :)

2008-01-10 00:09:54

I want to visit London in the worst way. Except I’ll have my green tea instead :)

Comment by Nordsee Wellness
2008-01-10 10:23:13

Wow, what nice dishes :) Maybe we should try this out too sooner or later :)

Comment by Nordsee Wellness
2008-01-10 10:24:05

Wow I live that, we will try this out too shortly :)

Comment by free flash games
2008-01-11 01:07:45

That looks like a great place to have some afternoon tea. Are those raspberries in that dish in the 1st picture? Those are huge! I grow raspberries and they are only a fraction of that size. Must be more of that genetically engineered fruit.

Comment by iluzjonista
2008-01-11 20:07:57

“Afternoon Tea At Fortnum And Mason’s St James’s Restaurant” – Good article. Congrats.

Comment by KidBlogger
2008-01-11 20:16:54

Those scones look great! I must visit this place.

2008-01-12 00:48:40

Goodness those raspberries look amazing! I haven’t been able to get any good ones around here this time of year.

Comment by Tao Las Vegas
2008-01-12 07:45:17

This sounds interesting. I tell ya, one day I need to go across the Big Pond and try some of this Tea in the afternoon thing I keep hearing you ole boys talk about.

But I’m guessing it doesn’t have nothing on a Cold Beer and a Burger!

Comment by El Yanqui
2008-01-14 17:30:05

One of the things I don’t understand yet about London life is the fascination with tea. I guess it’s just because I was brought up on coffee but everytime I try tea I wonder what the attraction is. I do like the scones though.

Having said that, I would love to give this place a shot because it definitely looks like the way to do tea!

2008-01-15 05:52:24

Ok, now I’m real hungry!

2008-01-15 16:00:46

And tea is just so healthy for you too!

Comment by Mark Boucher
2008-01-17 13:03:28

Thanks for the Post.

Comment by City Information
2008-01-25 06:38:45

That looks delicious!

Comment by belly dancing
2008-01-26 06:04:21

I want go to London and try that testy cake!:)

Comment by Natalia Vasylyk DDS
2008-01-27 10:29:24

I’ve had afternoon tea in about 15 countries and saved a memento from each – I have a little tea shrine at home – thanks for your photos and inspiration.

Comment by matt on holiday
2008-02-20 19:59:46

ya, Nice ,Sure i will visit the restaurant this weekend with my whole family and also i will prefer to my friend.

Comment by malcolm coles
2008-05-30 22:43:16

I love tea – in too many countries they make it with hot milk. Yuck. Tea is made with cold milk, people.

Comment by personal matchmaker
2008-10-01 15:24:31

Fortnum and Mason is absolutely my favorite place for tea – also a great place for a date!

Comment by rajshree
2008-10-10 12:03:52

I want to visit this place

Comment by Hendrik
2008-10-22 20:00:54

Having said that, I would love to give this place a shot because it definitely looks like the way to do tea!

Comment by judith
2008-10-23 10:03:16

As a Brit I can tell you there is nothing quite like afternoon tea. It just seems so civilised, and gives you the chance to step back from the rigours of life for a moment or two. Even if you can’t afford Fortnum and Masons, you can’t beat a good cup of tea. Best drink of the day.

2008-11-22 07:46:35

it seems so nice. i would like to visit there


2008-12-08 03:42:59

wow, i love all kinds of tea.
there are very few places here that do this.
because it is not in carried over from british tradition.

i did a project in school once.
about creating a business.

it was called “sip n’ biscuits”
a tea shop that had a huge array of fresh biscuits.

in order to compete against starbucks,
as a healthy alternative to coffee,
that still provided the morning burst you want and need.

2009-02-24 20:49:46

Afternoon tea is one of the best British traditions!

Comment by Green Tea
2009-03-20 13:56:49

I have been drinking afternoon tea for about a month now. Not every day but most. I take a mug with me every morning to work. It is amazing how it controls my hunger and gives me energy. I also quit smoking about a month ago. I haven\’t felt this good in a long time. Could anyone tell me how much afternoon tea I should drink? I only drink one cup a day.

Comment by Elaphotography
2009-04-15 11:51:15

mouthwatering! i really enjoyed the afternoon tea when i visited there.

2009-05-01 11:41:03

On reading your post I got my inspiration to go for this wonderful tea!!!

Comment by rhodes
2009-08-20 15:57:45

I will definitely go there and not just for the tea, but especially the cakes…yum yum

Comment by Sid
2009-09-07 18:18:40

I have been to this place even though it is a good place to have tea but on the expensive but i think so……….

Comment by Broken Bow Cabins
2009-10-01 03:40:30

Do most people have sweets with their afternoon tea? The pictures look so good…..Somehow tea just never taste the same when I make it at home. Maybe I need to learn to make scones to accompany the tea.

Comment by taalcursus Spaans
2009-10-09 12:45:35


That’s the place I really searching for.. It seems nice place but expensive too… But no worries I will definitely go there for once

Comment by taalcursus Spaans
2009-10-09 12:47:13


Nice place buddy… but i think its expensive tooo…

2009-10-14 15:54:34

Goodness those raspberries look amazing! I haven’t been able to get any good ones around here this time of year :(

Comment by HolleyV
2010-01-23 21:06:28

Looks lovely. Makes me want to make some scones and tea now. :)

Comment by GeeekieMamma
2010-07-25 16:18:57

I have just returned from a two week stint in the holiday. Wish I had stumbled upon this brilliant blog earlier. I found London pretty expensive. I had a couple of drinks and a few snacks at Le Pain De Quotidien and it came to 50 pounds. I nearly choked on my overpriced croissant!!! Love your blog…next time I go to London, this is the first website I’ll start my research from!!!!

Comment by Sachin
2010-07-26 06:58:46

Tea is always such a stress reliever :) Nothing beats a hot cup of cardamom tea! These pics look so tempting :))

Comment by Charles Tea
2010-07-28 17:07:14

Feel so hungry now :)

Comment by Lexi
2010-09-28 11:40:58

Haha stylish, afternoon tea with champagne, you could rack up a serious bill that way. Ok, I have to go raid the fridge now.

Comment by Idea Man
2010-10-13 14:16:38

Seriously hungry…

Comment by Stephen
2011-01-06 06:07:34

That looked so yummy and stylish. It is such a dream to dine in the lap of luxury. Seeing this has made me hungry and craving some tea.

Comment by flowers
2011-03-28 22:57:19

Oh u reminded me everyday afternoon tea with my family.

Comment by Skymaven
2011-08-18 13:47:23

you just have good taste! dine on…

Comment by SEO Vietnam
2011-10-11 10:51:12

They look so yummy. I’ll go to this restaurant when I have a chance.

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