25.9.14

Afternoon Tea at Bea's

Before coming to London, the only thing I had on my British bucket list was to have official afternoon tea. 
Is that lame?
You better have answered 'no' - because there is never a time in which a platter of pastries and pot of tea is lame.
Glad we are agreed.
Anyways, I can mark my one item (ok, maybe it is kind of lame) off my list. Today I had real afternoon tea. And it was divine.
My flat-mate Monica and I made reservations at Bea's of Bloomsbury, a bakery and tea shop in Central London. It took us about an hour and a half to get there, but it was oh-so-worth-it. I read several online articles about the best places for afternoon tea on a budget, and Bea's appeared on several. I decided it's frequent reappearance must mean it's a good option, and I can now verify that original assumption.
For 19pounds, we each received a pot of tea, three sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a cupcake, and five 'mini treats'. An absolute feast of baked goods. 
I went for earl grey tea (an oldie but a goodie), while Monica ordered their Rooibos. The teas were good, but let's skip to the better part: pastries.
The sandwiches included mozzarella and caramelized onion, cream cheese and walnuts, and sharp cheddar with prosciutto. I had a cupcake filled with raspberry curd, topped with raspberry frosting, and a mini raspberry meringue, while Monica had a dark chocolate cupcake (silver glitter on top was a bonus). As for the mini-treats - I received a raspberry marshmallow, a raspberry meringue, an 'extreme' brownie, a blondie, and a coconut/peanut butter brownie.
I think I ate enough sugar for 3-months.
It was worth it.
If these pictures don't convince you that afternoon tea at Bea's isn't the best option for your stay in London, I don't know what will. I'm already plotting my next trip - and purchasing a larger belt in the meantime. 








































Have you had afternoon tea before? Where's your favorite spot?


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13 comments:

  1. That looks really good, why would they limit it to just the afternoon???? I would be eating those baked goods all day!

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  2. If I ever go to England again, I'm totally doing afternoon tea. It looks so adorable and delicious. Those cupcakes sound amazing...and I don't even usually like cupcakes.

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  3. There is nothing I don't like about everything in this post. Prosciutto and sharp cheddar? Yes. Raspberry curd AND frosting? Yesyes. "Extreme" baked goods of any kind?! Yesyesyes. I absolutely love afternoon tea. I'm finally in England and I plan on having it as soon as possible. Also, I will personally find any person who tells you afternoon tea is lame and punch them in the face, haha.

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  4. It was definitely both! And I'm with you on the cupcakes thing - too often cupcakes are sickly sweet or dry and flavorless, but these were absolutely divine. I need to go back for more.

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  5. Ok, so we can be best friends now. And I'll join you on beating up whoever talks bad about afternoon tea and/or pastry consumption. Should you want to go to Bea's, I will happily meet you there (so long as the image of a strange girl stuffing her face in baked goods doesn't weird you out)

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  6. That could never weird me out (b/c 9 times out of 10, it means I'm looking in a mirror, hahaha).

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  7. Such a bargain! I love those photos. BUT you shouldn't put milk in your earl grey! Milk goes in english breakfast or just regular black tea but not in earl grey. Try a slice of lemon or a tiny drop of honey if you want to add something.

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  8. Right?! It was a great deal for the price! And please excuse my complete lack of knowledge of tea etiquette. I need a tea trainer to teach me the proper ways! haha.

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  9. Ok, we can do that. I'll take you when you visit :)

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  10. ...I had my first British tea time at Westminster Abbey--totally worth it, :-)...

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  11. Luchessa GrossmannOctober 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Wooow what a great looking post. I've found you through Charlotte's link up & am really happy about it. I love that english type of tea ceremony. It's so cozy & stylish at the same time. I mean, how fabulous does "raspberry marshmallow, a raspberry meringue, an 'extreme' brownie" sound?!

    I need to visit the UK and have such a afternoon tea party myself. :)

    xo,

    Luchessa @ http://luchessa.org/

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  12. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you've come to visit :) And I think few desserts are as sophisticated as the raspberry marshmallow and meringue ;) Definitely stop in the UK at some point - the afternoon tea makes it totally worth it!

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  13. Oh hey don't mind me, just creeping through your archives haha. I. LOVE. TEA. It is my absolute favorite way to treat myself since moving here! I have my go-to spots here in Bristol but I'm trying my best to branch out as well as find a good tea place wherever I travel (it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it).

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