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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Time for Tea....Mr Foggs

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea review from Tea With Me and Friends...this week we have a fab afternoon tea adventure for you from Mr Foggs in London.

Mr Foggs is an intriguing place.....the "home" of Phileas Fogg Esq. - guests are invited to enjoy evening cocktails in the Fogg Mayfair abode which is packed to the rafters with artifacts "discovered" by the explorer Mr Fogg. On Friday and Saturdays afternoon tea adventurers can also descend upon the Fogg household for a spot of tipsy afternoon tea. The perfect spot to celebrate a Tea With Me and Friends Birthday we thought!

Booking can be done online or via telephone, but for afternoon tea you will also be required to provide a credit card to guarantee your booking. Once you find this hidden gem you will be amazed at the styling of the drawing room/bar both inside and out.....

Mr Foggs from the outside

My photos really don't do the interior justice....there is just so much to marvel at once you are in your seats....

Mr Foggs from the inside
Mr Foggs

We were given our menus and asked to peruse them and soak in the surroundings. As the name suggests this is a tipsy tea and therefore the tea is of the alcoholic variety....namely gin or champagne cocktails. Guests can either pick one teapot from the seven cocktails on offer...or they can opt to have a bottomless teapot and work your way through either the three gin cocktails or the four champagne cocktails. It's worth noting that the bottomless teapots are limited to your two hour tipsy tea experience.

We opted for the bottomless gin teapot which included the following cocktails:

Earl Grey infused Tanqueray No.TEN gin,
steeped in a teapot with Cointreau, crème de pêche
and orange marmalade.

Woburn Abbey
English Breakfast infused Tanqueray No.TEN gin,
steeped in a teapot with crème de bergamot, lemon
juice and bee pollen sugar with milk on the side.

Catherine of Braganza
Green Tea infused Tanqueray No.TEN gin,
steeped in a teapot with Cointreau, crème de apricot
and orange marmalade

Mr Foggs bottomless teapots

Once we had our first teapot the rest of the afternoon tea was served....

Afternoon tea - Mr Foggs

Now, the eagle eyed of you out there will notice something is missing from this wonderful spread.....yes, there are no scones (shock horror!) instead we had sandwiches, lots of different cakes and some macaroons. Now...... as you are reading this review just bear in mind that this is a tipsy tea.

Let's start with the sandwiches....

Afternoon tea sandwiches - Mr Foggs

I think it's safe to say that this was the low point of the whole experience....the sandwiches were of the finger variety and they were crustless and fresh....but the fillings were uninspiring and the bread was just white bread. 

The fillings included ham and cheese, cucumber (just cucumber - no butter nor cream cheese), salmon and tuna and sweetcorn. 

There was nothing wrong with the sandwiches as such....but they weren't exactly filling and to be honest I could make better sandwiches at home....here is a closer look....

Afternoon tea sandwiches - Mr Foggs
It's also worth noting that the teapots might be bottomless, but the food is limited....what you see on the stand is what you get.

Once we had consumed the rather flat sandwiches (we're still not sure how they were so flat) we moved up the cake stand to the sweet treats...which looked rather rustic but were all rather good.

Afternoon tea cakes - Mr Foggs

The middle tier included custard slices which were delicious and light and another sweet pastry with a nutty filling (I think this was from Germany, but my memory is a little blurred by the teapots we consumed). We enjoyed both of these a lot, but they were rather messy to eat.

Afternoon tea cakes - Mr Foggs

The top tier included some rather scrummy pistachio cake, three different macaroons and some chocolate truffles. The cake was moist and scrummy and we each enjoyed our macaroon.

As you can see the cakes were all rather rustic in appearance, but they were all fresh and tasty.

Afternoon tea at Mr Foggs

During our two hour experience we made our way through all three gin cocktails....all of which were very good and well made....they are definitely the main attraction in this afternoon tea adventure and outshone the food served. Once you have finished your afternoon tea you are welcome to stay in the bar and work your way through the extensive cocktail list (if you can still see straight after your teapots!).

The service was friendly and each cocktail is handmade at the bar, the waiters are happy to make recommendations if you can't pick which teapot you want to try.

The afternoon tea costs £38 per person for a single teapot or £58 per person for a bottomless gin teapot and £68 per person for a bottomless champagne teapot. I think we got approximately two and a half cups out of each gin teapot.

This is definitely a quirky afternoon tea experience - especially good for anyone who enjoys a cocktail or two! However, not so good if you are looking for a traditional afternoon tea experience.

For more information visit the Mr Foggs website.

So, over to you....have you enjoyed a quirky afternoon tea anywhere? Let us know by leaving a comment below....

Thank you for popping by today,

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