Any serial readers will know I have a penchant for afternoon tea and that it really gets my goat when after enquiry a venue states it has vegan afternoon tea but serves it up without scones. Afternoon tea without scones?! It’s like summer without sunshine!
So far success with fortnum & mason, the coach & horses and sketch! Each putting their own stamp on vegan afternoon tea. Fortnums for that classic, quintessentially English afternoon tea; the Coach & Horses for an abundance of vegan cake and sketch for something all together a bit more quirky.
Each of the rooms have individual identities. Recently redecorated and painted entirely in pink, the afternoon tea dining room has interesting, humouress, arty prints across all the walls. There’s something of an Alice in wonderland feel to it, with crockery annotated with little phrases. There are of course the famous sketch egg shaped toilet cubicles and in the lobby an aromatherapy conical accoutrement to a chaise longue.
The staff are extremely helpful and friendly and the afternoon tea is delicious and totally vegan friendly!
Whilst the sandwiches could have done with a variety of flavours, there was a lot of vinegar sour undertones, they were wonderfully, artily presented. Who would have thought unwrapping a sandwich could make something feel so special!
From Chocolate wrapped coconut Panna Cotta tartlet to fruit pate and strawberry vanilla tartlet, the sweeties were delicious and so much better than the normal fruit skewers given by other pretenders, although to be fair, there was obviously one fruit skewer…
The scones, how were the scones?! I can almost hear your impatience mixed with excitement! The scones were wrapped and warm, served with Fig & strawberry jams, they were delicious. A little dense on the wholemeal side, but I savoured every bite. And then I had a massive sugar rush and had to stop eating, sipping on my rose scented tea. What a delightful afternoon. Aunty would have loved it.