Before Christmas, I had the most amazing experience at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. After discovering they offered a vegan option for their afternoon teas (as well as gluten-free and other allergy options) I had to try it out! I went as part of a review for Millennium’s ‘Blogger’s Guide To London’ – A comprehensive guide to London chosen by bloggers :-)
The vegan afternoon tea menu can be found on the second page of the special diet menu here. At the time, the price was £40 and the menu consisted of; Cucumber sandwiches, char-grilled peppers and pesto sandwiches, artichoke and humus sandwiches, scones with a choice of preserves and a selection of seasonal fruits. The sandwiches were SO good and I was delighted when the waiter told me I could have as many as I liked, so of course I had second helpings!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the scones as on first impressions, they didn’t look much like ordinary scones, but taste-wise they were wonderful and I enjoyed mine with some strawberry jam. The dessert was the only slight disappointment… a beautifully presented but rather dull option of mixed fruit. My friend’s non-vegan afternoon tea cake stand had a beautiful array of Petit Fours and this was the only part I felt jealous about. However, the delicious scones and jam were sweet enough for me to feel like I’d had a nice treat at the end of the afternoon tea.
I opted for peppermint tea which was served in an individual teapot with tea strainer. Fortnum and Mason are famous for their excellent teas so it was no surprise that the tea was perfection. I love the duck egg blue china too.
It was such a magical experience, especially going at Christmas time and being surrounded by beautiful lights and decorations. There was also a pianist playing in the foyer, which created a really nice and relaxing atmosphere. I really didn’t want to leave!
So this is a must-try experience for anyone visiting London who doesn’t mind paying a little bit extra for something truly fantastic. The great thing is, anyone can enjoy this, regardless of their dietary limitations.
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