In my role as an American living in London for the summer months, I needed to complete a couple of bucket-list things. Go to Buckingham Palace, take a trip to the London Eye and enjoy an afternoon tea. For me, as well as I imagine that for many Americans, afternoon tea brings to mind the image of a specific person of fine, delicate teacups of china and cukes served up in a luxurious Victorian dining room.
The afternoon tea I had at Jack and Beyond was not how I imagined it would be; however, it was impressive nonetheless. This cake store and cafe located in Fulham is now embracing the modern tea time, and is appealing to the younger crowd. For me, afternoon tea was considered a formal affair; however, here, it was modern, bright as well casual, in a good possible way.
A friend and I went at the shop on Friday to find out the famous British famous ceremony was really about. It’s a tiny intimate and intimate place, brimming with pastries and cakes. It also doubles as an eatery and cake shop and is therefore ideal for smaller parties.
The interior is light and modern The decor is minimal that lets the cakes displayed in the windows to really shine. The staff were extremely welcoming and eager to give their favorites of the food menu. The music, too, was clearly directed towards a younger audience. I was expecting classical music to be an essential element of tea time, but was delighted to find songs by Queen as well as Harry Styles coming through the speakers instead.
Earl Grey and chamomile at afternoon tea
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The 90-minute experience came with the complimentary glass of prosecco as well as unlimited coffee, tea, or special lattes along with the platter of snacks. With all that you get, it’s affordable and is perfect for people who are new to afternoon tea or who don’t need to spend a fortune.
After we sat down and ordered our first cup of tea, Earl Grey for me and the chamomile tea for my friend, our buffet of savoury and sweet snacks was handed out. The waiter explained to us what it was about and stated that everything was vegetarian.
Forget watercress and cucumber sandwiches The platter was different. It was filled with flaky palmier, Sharp cheddar cheese, cheese gougere and avocado and crumbled feta. Our favorite was the potato and leek quiche. It was soft and fluffy, with a perfectly browned crust, I could have eaten the whole quiche. Even though it appeared to be a small portion, the lower half of this tray proved very satisfying.
Although the savory options were delicious, the place where Jack and Beyond really shines is in their sweeter offerings. The desserts were bite-sized and included jammy dodgers Bakewell tarts and scones and much more.
Scones with jam and clotted crème
I instantly fell in my love with the tart of fruit made with the Chantilly Cream. The fresh tartness of fruit cut through the sweetness of the cream fresh and made for a refreshing dessert that wasn’t overlooked in the offerings.