Sunday, 16 December 2018

Have you even been to London if you don't partake in the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea?!?

Well on my most recent trip at the beginning of December I was desperate to indulge in a spot of tea sipping and cake eating, but I didn't want to break the bank.

I had been scouring trip advisor amongst other websites and just when I was about to give up trying to find a decent Afternoon tea in the capital under £40pp I came across Scoff & Banter!

I recognised the name straight away, they have a line of eateries across London, but this one just off Oxford Street, in the Radisson Hotel is dedicated purely to Afternoon Tea.

After a quick peruse of the menu and the promise of a free bottle of prosecco for every 2 people dining, I Booked a table!!!


As I said, the restaurant is on the first floor of the Radisson hotel which is just off Oxford Street (you actually turn up the side of the Disney store), making it perfect for a break between shopping.

If you are travelling by tube, get off at Bond St station. Cross the road to the Disney Store and then if you are facing the Disney Store, walk up the Right hand side of it.

The Food

Im going to jump in and talk about the food on this one. Now I am undeniably a bit of a food snob and have been known to call ahead with a list of 'dietary requirements' when taking afternoon tea, because there are normally numerous things I don't like, but not today.

What I really liked about this place from the offset was that you basically build your own afternoon tea. You choose 2 appetisers, 2 sandwiches, 2 types of scones (from the 6 choices!!!)  and 2 desserts/cakes. You can see the full menu here

This was absolutely perfect for me and William who have different tastes as we could choose exactly what we wanted.

For starters I chose the Mushroom Arancini, and the sticky beef (see above pic), will had the lamb chop and the scallops (below pic). Everything was delicious but the winner was the scallops. The cauliflower 'beignets' were yummy and crispy and the scallops were perfectly cooked.

I then chose the croque madame and the chicken caesar (below pic), will had the beef and the venison. The venison was a little bland and needed more sauce or seasoning to lift it a little but over all they were good. Everything was well presented and my little chicken caesar was so cute and very tasty.

Now Will doesn't actually like scones but there were some Valrhona choc chip ones on the menu here so he decided to give them a go and actually enjoyed them. I went for Vanilla Scones and Seville orange scones. Both of which were delicious and light. We were given plenty of cream and 2 types of jam (strawberry and rhubarb) which were clearly homemade. 

And finally, if all that wasnt enough, we still had sweets. I had the sticky toffee with clotted cream and lemon meringue pie. Will had the chocolate whisky cake and dark chocolate creme Chantilly (below pic). 
I actually had to take the meringue pie home as I couldn't eat it and Will took his whisky cake too but everything was perfect. 

I am a huge sticky toffee fan and this was just right. Lots of toffee sauce and a mound of clotted cream, all served in a little teacup.

We washed all that down with a complimentary bottle of prosecco and I had filter coffee and Will had a cappuccino as we needed a little caffeine after being up since 5am. (I know its not traditional, i'm sorry)


The tea room is very traditional in style and although the staff weren't quite wearing white gloves, they could well have been in their perfectly ironed black suits and polished shoes. You really felt you were somewhere a bit special here, yet it wasnt stuffy and I felt more than comfortable in my day dress and ballet pumps.

The restaurant was full by about half an hour after we arrived (always a good sign) and there were big groups in their finery and couples who like us had just been shopping in their everyday clothes.

The staff couldn't do enough for you. We never lifted a finger, our prosecco was constantly topped up for us, we were checked back on at every stage of the meal and everyone was friendly and seemed happy to be there and engage in conversation. 

I can honestly say this is one of the nicest dining experiences I have had in a long time. The service was spot on and I loved the fact that you could effectively build your own afternoon tea form the array of choices. The location was perfect for us after a morning of shopping and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone visiting London. 

One free bottle of prosecco is currently available for every 2 people who order afternoon tea at £36pp making this an absolute bargain in the heart of the capital!

If you have any other questions about this experience, the menu or visiting London, leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

K x


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