Monday, 10 July 2017

A Floral Afternoon Tea at Mews of Mayfair

Before we get started, I need to admit something to you. I've done that bad blogger thing where I'm showing you a wonderful afternoon tea that, uh, you can't actually get anymore. This afternoon tea is Mews of Mayfair's Chelsea Flower Show afternoon tea which, unsurprisingly, only ran for a short amount of time and stopped shortly after the event. However, I imagine the quality of the normal tea is not dramatically different, so I decided to pop up a post about it anyway as it'll probably still come in handy if you're looking for a good place to visit for your tea.

 Me and Chris really enjoy going for afternoon tea, but it's quite hard to find one that appeals to us both. We both like themed teas, but at the same time we don't want to spend too much. There are lots of beautiful afternoon teas on offer at the moment but we're still talking £60+, which isn't really what we want to be paying when we're essentially going somewhere on a bit of a whim! Mews of Mayfair interested us, and they had this lovely looking floral tea - and even better, it was on offer! And so we decided to give it a go.

 Despite it being around 2pm on a week day, all of the outdoor seats were taken already which was a bit of a shame as the outside courtyard looked lovely - ruined only by one group of girls who were smoking pretty consistently. I could see it constantly flying into the faces of the other people dining outside and it just looked a bit gross, but never mind.

  We were seated inside, pretty much on our own. Which was a bit awkward, as it looked like we'd been sort of shoved out of the way. The interior is very dark and reminded me very much of if you were to visit the house of a grandparent in how it was styled. I read a lot of negative reviews stating that the inside was really dingy, but we both actually really liked it - though perhaps we would not have liked it so much if it hadn't been such a sunny day!

 First up, the sandwiches. There were a good mix, as you'd expect. Of course, as they so often are, the salmon offering was my favourite!

 But, more important than the sandwiches are the scones - and these were delicious! The jam was lovely and the scones were nice and hot.

 And now the bit that anyone actually cares about when booking a tea - the desserts! We'd chosen them because we were interested in the flowery offerings - but then these actually became a bit of a conflict as we were unsure as to whether or not the flowers were edible or not! When we thought about it, we realised that of course they must be - but we were still really worried we'd eat them and then at the end of the meal have someone appear, horrified with our behaviour. The desserts were great and offered a great mix. We enjoyed all of them and they really were very pretty - however, the cupcakes caused us a lot of issues! For some reason, those cupcakes were ridiculously filling and so rich. We really struggled to eat them! We promised ourselves we would never be defeated by an afternoon tea and so we were absolutely going to eat the entire thing - but man, did we take a long time trying to get through those cupcakes.

 As well as enjoying the food and the decor, the service was for the most part really good. For the majority of our meal we had a really attentive server who would check back in with us, which was nice as we already felt a bit excluded being the only ones indoors. However, after that point I believe he either went home or went on a break as we didn't see him again for the rest of the meal and were promptly ignored. I don't think another server even looked at us the rest of the time we were there let alone come by to fill anything up for us (even the water!) and getting the bill was a bit awkward. It was a shame as the service for the first half had been so good, and we did feel awkward for the last bit.

 Overall, we really enjoyed our afternoon tea here. We've both said we would definitely return - especially if we are able to get another deal on another themed option! We watched a lot of regular lunches were walked past us and they looked amazing as well so we'd like to give those a try one time.

You can book your afternoon tea (or any other meal - the other food did look REALLY good!) through their website, here.
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