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.
Scones and Cakes
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