This was my second foray to the pink and blue palace, otherwise known as the “Tea Terrace”:http://theteaterrace.com/ at House of Frazer on London’s Victoria Street.
This time, I had a voucher for a complimentary afternoon tea. On my first visit, a paper placemat invited customers to e-mail their experiences for the chance to win afternoon tea for four. My little ditty (see my “previous review”:http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/restaurant/163670-review-house-of-fraser-the-tea-terrace) wasn’t plucked at random, but it obviously amused them and I was invited to post a review on Trip Advisor in return for afternoon tea for one.
Clutching my pink voucher, I took a seat in the huge 2nd floor, which at 4.30pm was largely empty. I discovered afternoon tea (£19.25) comprised of a ‘choice of tasty sandwich triangles (crusts on)’, ‘two delicious buttery scones with strawberry jam and classic Cornish clotted cream’, a selection of delicious moist cake’ and tea or coffee. Wow, that seemed rather a lot for one.
I had the choice of five sandwich fillings and plumped for smoked salmon and cream cheese in brown (very good) and egg mayonnaise and cress in white bread which was unfortunately a little stale. There were two triangles of each.
There was also a choice of scones: sultana, cranberry, ginger and apple. The ginger was subtle (or more bluntly, not detectable) and they’d been a bit mean with the cranberries. But on the positive side, they were light and fluffy and served just warm and the clotted cream was delicious.
On top of the tiered cake stand were three small slices of cake which I guessed were: banana cake and carrot cake both with fillings and lemon cake but it would have been nice to have been told by the waitress. All were indeed moist and not too huge.
My flowery pot of Earl Grey was a little disappointing in that I didn’t get the flowery/perfumey taste from the one tea bag in what was a fairly large pot.
I left stuffed but by 9pm was hungry again! If I went again, I’d order one tea between two and a second drink.