Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - today we have another fab guest post to share with you! This time the lovely Victoria is sharing her recent themed afternoon tea at The Swan Restaurant in London. Over to Victoria....
Having been to The Swan Restaurant (next to the Globe Theatre) for lunch, I was keen to return for afternoon tea. My husband, Ian, volunteered to come with me for this treat! The restaurant has the most incredible view of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and we were lucky enough to have a window table.
There is a choice of either a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed tea or a gentleman’s afternoon tea, but seeing the list of sweet treats we both plumped for the themed tea. This costs £26.50, plus a little extra for either bubbles or a “Love Potion” cocktail. In the interest of this review, I felt that I must sample the cocktail. A special mention must go to the beautiful crockery, all designed specifically for this themed tea.
All the tea is leaf tea and we were both given a decent sized pot. Ian plumped for the English Breakfast tea, whereas I had the flowery “Fleur d’Orient” – a hint of jasmine for this theme! I must mention that my cocktail was far too enjoyable and was a perfect complement to the savoury section of the food.
|The Love Potion at The Swan|
So, on to the main event. The savoury plate at the bottom was the place to start, of course. Only the egg and watercress sandwich was in a traditional finger, but the crusts were off! The wild mushroom and truffle tart was incredibly flavoursome, the chicken bun was scrumptious and that salmon pancake was divine. Although the majority were not traditional, they were all delicious so we did not mind that they were not all finger sandwiches!
|Midsummers Night Dream Afternoon tea|
at The Swan Restaurant, London
The scones were beautifully warm and consisted of one fruit and one plain scone each. These were served with raspberry jam and clotted cream in just the right amount for two people for afternoon tea. Having had the jam or cream first debate, we agreed that it all ends up in our tummies far too quickly.
|Midsummers Night Dream Afternoon tea |
at The Swan Restaurant, London
Up to that top layer, we were in for more of a treat. I think that Puck would have approved of the hibiscus and apricot shot in those glasses; maybe that’s what was in the potion he popped into those eyes! Hopefully, Titania would have approved of the lemon and rose cake whereas Oberon’s favourite would have been the chocolate and violet chouquette (profierole as Ian called it!).
I’ve already sent a photograph to my afternoon tea buddy who lives in Dubai, so she’s hoping to visit The Swan Restaurant when she’s back in London. In the meantime, I’d recommend the afternoon tea in this ideal setting.
We'd like to give Victoria a huge thank you for sharing her latest afternoon tea adventure with us - it certainly looks and sounds like a delightful experience! What great flavour combinations and just look at that view!
We always love hearing about our readers afternoon tea adventures - if you've visited anywhere recently (either in London or further afield) drop us a line and let us know!
If you'd like to read more about The Swan, pop by their gorgeous website!
Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna