We were invited for afternoon tea for free in return for this impartial review
There is little more quintessentially English than Afternoon Tea, and what better place to experience it than Whittard of Chelsea Covent Garden Tea Bar in London?
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, underneath the Piazza you will find Whittard of Chelsea Tea Bar. It’s a quirky building full of tables that make the most of the space. At first it felt a little cramped however this did not affect our enjoyment, in fact you soon forget the number of people around you.
We were given a warm welcome and shown to our seats. The waitresses were very knowledgeable and patient with any questions we had.
We had The Whittard Tea which consists of (per person):
A pot of tea each
Four finger sandwiches, egg and cress, coronation chicken, cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon with lemon cheese.
Scones with clotted cream a tea infused jams – one fruit and one plain each
Cakes – a selection of five bite sized cakes or two larger slices
What did we chose for our Afternoon Tea at Whittard of Chelsea Covent Garden Tea Bar?
Although we both enjoy different teas we stayed safe and both had English Breakfast Tea.
My friend had one each of the sandwiches while I, as a veggie had two egg and cress and two cream cheese and cucumber.
As we were there for a review we wanted to experience as many of the different cakes as possible (that was our excuse anyway!) so we opted for 5 of the small cakes and two larger ones to share between us.
First of all your crockery and cutlery is laid in front of you:
Then your pot of tea arrives with a timer:
Some teas take longer to brew than others you see. When the sand runs out you should remove the infuser in the tea pot – I left mine for a little longer as I like a well brewed tea! We each got about 3 cups out of our pots.
Then the main event, the Whittard of Chelsea Afternoon Tea sandwiches, scones and cakes arrive
The sandwiches are just right, there are so many cakes you don’t need lots of savoury too. They were very nice and I was happy with my two fillings, my friend really particularly enjoyed her coronation chicken one – I’ll take her word for it!
Then on to scones, I had both fruit and my friend had both plain as they are our preferences. There was the right amount of cream for 4 halves each and the jam was just lovely. We had strawberry infused with tea and mango and passionfruit infused with tea. I actually didn’t expect to enjoy the mango and passionfruit but I preferred it to the strawberry – it was really tangy.
If that wasn’t enough we set our sights on the cakes. We had:
Five mini cakes – exotic fruit tart, raspberry fudge, pear caramel brownie, carrot and walnut cake and blueberry bakewell tart
Two cheesecakes – raspberry cheesecake and mango cheesecake
We cut all the cakes in half – we got a few funny looks I can tell you!
The cheesecakes were much lighter, more a mousse consistency which I really liked. The raspberry one has a whole raspberry hidden in the middle. One or two of the mini cakes weren’t to one of our taste but that is certainly down to personal preference rather than them not being very nice.
What did we think of our afternoon tea at Whittard of Chelsea Covent Garden Tea Bar?
We had a good chat about it on the train home. We were both in agreement that despite the setting being quite cramped you soon don’t notice that. There were a lot of people in the small space but that didn’t detract from the experience. I got the impression it was popular with tourists.
The food and drink was of a high standard and the service excellent. There was plenty of food, in fact we left some due to the sheer amount of it! There was no rush either, I think you are allotted an hour and a half which is plenty of time.
It was nice to have afternoon tea in a setting that felt indulgent without being overly “posh”.
The menu is £30 per person which I think is good value for afternoon tea in London, especially in that area. I personally really like Covent Garden and the surrounding area so it is a great way to relax for an hour or so before taking on more sightseeing or shopping.
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