Fortnum and Mason will probably be one of my last favourite memories of 2020, before we all get locked up again. Because in all seriousness our cases in the UK have been slowly increasing and in some cases cities have been in local lockdown.
So I thought I’d take advantage of the UK current trend to kick start our economy again with the latest UK hash tag, #eatouttohelpout and I’m not mad.
FORTNUM AND MASON
For anyone living in the UK or a friendly traveller from another land, that has not been to Fortnum and Mason before, definitely need to visit. More commonly know as Fortnum if you are local. Not only is it one of the most iconic places to visit in the city of London but it is also the Queen favourite grocer. If you happen to arrive on any hour you would be in for a treat with the display of little toy soldiers outside, playing above on the building!
THE DIAMOND JUBILEE TEA SALON
A perfect place to have your intimate tea for two or more. And a perfect way for most celebrations. While we were there, there were two birthday celebrations. The atmosphere is a very relaxed and pleasant one. You are greeted by the sounds of a very skilled pianist and met with a hostess/ host, whom would take your reservation details and either have you seated at your table or in the lovely lobby if you are early.
The decor and interior I was very surprised by (having not looked at the website before hand), I was expecting the rooms to look a little out dated. But was instead greeted with a fresh, bright and modern room but with a historic style and vibe which stayed true to the luxury historic feel. The dining area is so large it has its own north and south wing!
THE DRESS CODE
A lot of people often wonder what to wear to these fancy places and in short dress CAUSAL SMART, you can never go wrong with that attire and also best of all Fortnum and Mason recommend it. But then I can’t imagine anyone wanting to treat themselves to such a lavish place to dine and then dress anything less than smart? So no trainers. Just think the Queen could visit any moment, but between you and me we know she won’t lol.
TEA FOR TWO? OR MORE!
I am totally embarrassed and it did not occur to me there may be a Vegan menu, so in short we opted for the next thing that being a vegetarian menu. Which consisted of a endless supply of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted creme and jam. And fancy evening dessert. Oops, also not forgetting an endless supply of any rich and indulgent tea.
Pickled Heritage Carrot with Cream Cheese, Piquillo Pepper with Sundried Tomato, Avocado and Chickpea, Cucumber with Mint Cream Cheese, Summer Slaw.
Fruit and Plain, presented with Fotnum and Mason preserve Strawberry and Lemon Curd and clotted cream.
AFTERNOON TEA CAKES –
Selection of individual Patisseries
A pot of it in any selection! I say marvellous.
We chose the Royal Blend originally created for King Edward the VII with malty – honey like flavour, simply perfect. And we even tried a Japanese green tea in Genmaicha, also known as “the peoples tea” in Japan with a mild taste and nutty notes. Each brewed at a perfect temperature for that perfect taste.
There are four different types of Afternoon tea, so I would recommend going on their website HERE to check them out! The “eat out to help out” scheme runs until the end of August, what this means for you is you pay 50%! You can now see why I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
The hospitality was wonderful. FM did very well at up holding the criteria to maintain a safe visit for its visitors during Covid-19, and I would most definitely go back. FM has many floors with different types of products for your enhanced shopping experience too…So get going.
This is my second visit to an afternoon tea this year and ever, you can see my last post HERE.
Have you ever been or are looking to do an afternoon tea?
Let me know in the comments below : )