There’s something so quintessentially British about afternoon tea, there’s also something seriously British about adding booze to any given activity to make it more fun. Introducing Mr Foss Tipsy Tea. Combining both things perfectly!
Our delightful friends Phil and Sarah actually suggested it. I’ve been to Mr Foggs once before, a while ago, simply for a couple of drinks one evening. From the outside it’s very unassuming and a little hard to find, set back on Burton Lane just behind Berkeley Square in Mayfair. The interior however is mind blowing. Based on the character Phileas Foggs from Around the World in Eighty Days, the place is full to the brim with artificial travelling souvenirs and knick knacks. All the staff are also dressed from the same period so it really gives you the feeling that you have travelled back in time.
I must say, going during the day for tea was a much nicer experience than when I went the first time. It’s far less busy as you have to book, so you can really take in the environment without being shoulder barged by someone trying to get to the bar.
We were sat in the centre of the room with a lovely little table and handed menus while we waited for our friends to arrive. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait long and soon enough we were all ordering our own tea pot full of different cocktails to enjoy. Each person gets their own pot of tea/cocktail, we opted for the standard version which is £38 per person, however they do offer a bottomless option for £62 per person for a gin cocktail or £72 per person for a champagne one. Sarah and I both went for the Belvoir Castle, consisting of Hendrick’s gin, rose liqueur, pomegranate juice, fresh lemon juice and cherry purée topped with champagne. I was really lovely, quite strong flavours but very tasty. Ed went for the Catherine of Braganza which was also gin based but his was more citrous’y with crème de apricot, orange marmalade, fresh lemon juice and mint leaves. It doesn’t sound that great on paper, but I actually preferred his one to mine, it was much lighter and fresher.
After sipping away at our tipsy tea’s our food soon arrived. Our lovely friend Sarah has recently discovered she is allergic to pretty much everything, so they did her a completely separate selection to have all to herself. They were fantastically accommodating.
Our savoury section included mini brioche with smoked salmon and cream cheese, duck wraps and chicken tikka in flat bread. It was all delicious, I particularly enjoyed the smoked salmon and cream cheese brioche, they were light and fresh, just what we need from an afternoon tea choice. On the second tier we had little pieces of Victoria sponge and chocolate and coffee éclairs. The coffee éclairs caught me out sadly as I thought they were caramel. Not being a fan of coffee I was rather disappointed. Finally the top tier had a selection of macaroons as well as a couple of other sweet options. I’m not sure exactly what each one was as our waiter didn’t go into too much detail. But we managed to cut everything into threes and share the lot.
As we were munching away, we were also treated to some live entertainment from a pianist who was taking requests throughout.
It was a really lovely afternoon, and at £38 per person it wont break the bank so you don’t have to save it for a special occasion. I would highly recommend it. The service was great, the food was delicious and the setting is spot on!