A couple of weeks ago I spent a chilly Saturday in London catching up with some old friends.
We’d decided in advance that the afternoon tea was a must for the day, and on recommendation, booked a table at The Delaunay, in Covent Garden.
Located on leafy Aldwych, The Delaunay is a European Cafe Restaurant and serves meals throughout the day including afternoon tea from 3-6.30pm. At £25 a head it’s more than I’d pay back home in Nottingham, but pretty reasonable by London prices.
We were greeted with a warm welcome and barely needed to consult the menu – only to choose from the range of teas and coffees to go with our afternoon tea.
I went for a fresh mint tea – served in a funky glass tea pot:
… which was very quickly followed by a stunning silver tower of afternoon tea treats:
I loved the little silver dome on top – concealing (and keeping warm) some hot fruit scones:
Each stand was for 2 of us, so we shared a tasty selection of tiny finger sandwiches (what do they do with all their crusts?):
…and an equally amazing selection of 6 mini cakes, which we shared between us in order to try a piece of each! Clockwise from front (as far as I can remember): pistachio cake with sour cherry filling, chocolate and hazelnut layer slice, vanilla cheesecake, rosewater battenburg, coffee cream eclair, lemon meringue tart.
They were all very tasty – the lemon tart very tangy, pistachio and sour cherry perhaps a little too complex for my taste buds, and rosewater battenburg a great twist on tradition, with the marzipan edge coloured pink and flavoured delicately with rosewater. I think my winner was probably the vanilla cheesecake – simple but effective – it was so light and creamy it literally melted in the mouth!
And after 6 pieces of cake? Scones of course! Served with sticky strawberry jam and fresh clotted cream. To be honest they were no longer warm by the time we got to them, but they were still fresh moist and fluffy inside.
It took us over 2 hours to conquer the amazing afternoon tea and we left feeling rather full but incredibly satisfied! I’d definitely recommend The Delaunay, the service was great, we had lots of refills of tea and the food was more than plentiful and absolutely delicious.
As for my next trip to London… well as much as I’d love to go back I feel my services to cake-kind mean I have to keep trying other places – it’s a hard life!