Tea for Two

25 Aug

To me there is nothing more delightfully British than afternoon tea, and I was determined not to leave London without having a proper experience. If you look at various “Top Ten Tea” lists of the city you’ll be met with some of the most opulent and beautiful photos and descriptions of afternoon tea at elite hotels and restaurants. But Susan and I just don’t have 50 pounds to spare for some Earl Grey and a cucumber sandwich. After quite a bit of research we stumbled across one option that seemed perfect at 15 pounds a person…

Afternoon Tea at the Crusty Pipe

The Crusty Pipe (http://www.crustingpipe.co.uk/) is a lovely little wine bar located in Covent Gardens (http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/), an exciting area slightly northeast of Piccadilly Circus containing a host of shops, restaurants and bars. One of the main attractions is the market, which is home to The Crusty Pipe. One of the reasons we chose this place was the promise of a courtyard table and we were not left disappointed – the setting was absolute perfection!

Not only were our surroundings ideal, the food was also delicious and surprisingly very filling. The tray was stacked with an assortment of sandwiches and desserts and we were serenaded by a string quartet as well as an opera singer as we munched and sipped or afternoon away.

On the Menu

 To Drink:

 An assortment of Fairtrade and organic Clipper Teas

 To Eat:

A selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches

  • Eggs salad sandwich with pistachio, asparagus and mild curry spices. Served on whole wheat bread, crust cut-off
  • Smoke salmon sandwich with fresh dill and cream cheese. Served on white bread, crust cut-off
  • Sweet and spicy chopped beet wrap
  • Humus and vegetable wrap

Homemade classic and fruit scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam

A selection of Petit Fours and Homemade Desserts 

  • Lemon custard with fresh mango slices
  • Moist walnut brownies
  • Teeny-tiny tiramisu
  • Petite tarte aux abricots
  • Rich chocolate cake with crispy hazelnut crust
  • Lemon and raspberry custard cake


One Response to “Tea for Two”

  1. Lindy aka. Mom 29/08/2011 at 6:30 AM #

    I could almost taste the delicious tea treats you described. What a delight!



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