Every now and again my oldest friend (not by age but by longevity of friendship) and I partake of the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea. We’ve been to the Ritz, on a Thames riverboat, and to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, to name but three – and last week we opted for Mews of Mayfair in, yes you’ve guessed it, Mayfair, London.
Located in a little mews tucked away behind New Bond Street, Mews of Mayfair is rather tricky to find, hence we arrived slightly flustered around a quarter of an hour late. Mews of Mayfair itself seemed slightly flustered with London Fashion Week events and general Thursday afternoon busyness. However one we’d rejected a variety of seats (too isolated, too cold, too smoky – we’re like the Goldilocks of the Afternoon Tea world…) we finally selected an inside table by the bar and settled in for the afternoon.
Although I have to admit that the service was not brilliant, and the prosecco rather pricey (£50 a bottle – surely that’s more the price of champagne?), the food itself was absolutely delicious. In fact I’d go as far to say it’s one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had, and I have had a fair few. My friend is gluten free and she agreed that the gluten free rolls were the most delicious ones she’d ever had – hilariously recounting the practically solid rolls she’d endured at one of our afternoon tea dates that had literally bounced when accidentally dropped off the plate.
As a non gluten-free person I had a variety of savoury delights – a mini quiche, a prawn wrap, a super tasty vegetarian sandwich (can’t remember the filling, but boy it was good), and a lamb and feta slider (basically a roll with a fancy name). By this stage I was actually full… but after a brief pause I soldiered on to enjoy my two sizeable scones, jam and cream -washed down with my never-ending pot of Earl Grey tea.
At this point I’m sorry to say I had to admit defeat and get my chocolate cake selection (macaroon, choux bun, cupcake and dark chocolate delice) packed up so I could take it home for my kids. They said it was all absolutely delicious! I then concentrated on the prosecco and the people watching, which is another thing that Mews excels at.
All in all I’d say that if you don’t mind slightly dismissive (or maybe rather preoccupied would be a kinder way to describe them staff) and over priced prosecco, then the afternoon tea at Mews of Mayfair is definitely worth trying – especially if you have the promotion from Afternoontea.co.uk.