House of Fraser – The Tea Terrace

1000 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

April, 2016

Product name

House of Fraser - The Tea Terrace

Product country


Product city


Travelled with

Reasons for trip

Sat in pale pink and blue and feeling sick’. This was my text to a fellow Silver Traveller who I was meeting in “The Tea Terrace”:, House of Fraser on Victoria Street, London.

This is a large restaurant seating around 50 on the top floor of the store which was locally known as Army and Navy. The front is open plan and as you’re approaching it, you cannot fail to be overwhelmed by a sea of pale pink and powder blue. The walls are blue, the seats alternate blue and pink and the white wood tables have pink place mats and pink serviettes. In addition, there are silver ornate sofas and ‘thrones’ with very high backs.

The tables had floral, china table numbers with salt and pepper pots masquerading as mini floral patterned tea pots. I cannot imagine a man feeling particularly comfortable in this environment.

The menu is lots more than afternoon tea, and also serves breakfast and lunch. A quick glance at the menu showed some rather scrummy things with lunches around £10.

We just had a cup of earl grey and latte which both arrived in floral patterned matching china. Whilst it was fine for the tea, drinking my latte out of a china floral mug just didn’t seem right. My friend had been out for lunch but I was peckish and tried the cheddar cheese and rosemary scones. Two warm scones arrived which looked home-made rather than mass produced (this is a compliment) along with two pats of butter and a sprinkling of fresh chopped rosemary on the plate. They were served on the hot side of warm which meant the butter immediately melted and soaked in. They were fresh, fluffy and absolutely divine. The total bill came to just under £12.

When paying at the counter, I checked out what looked to be equally delicious cakes under glass domes.

Whilst the website shows there are branches in Guildford and House of Fraser on Oxford Street, there is no mention of the Victoria Street place – judging by the photographs the others are not quite so colourful.

On our pink paper place mat was a ditty and request for feedback with the chance to win a traditional afternoon tea for four. Given eight words (tea, coffee, pink, blue, silver throne, cakes and scones) my partner came up with his own ditty which I’ve now e-mailed to them hoping to win! Let me know what you think!

If you’re feeling blue,
Or if you’re in the pink
There’s nothing like a cuppa
With cakes and scones thrown in.
It makes you feel so regal,
You’re hopefully not alone
As you take your seat,
On the silver throne.

I’ll update this review if I’m successful.

Helen Jackson

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.