Breakfast at the Tea Terrace, London | FOOD

2 Dec 2018

Going out for food and drinks is my favourite social activity, I love the ritual of sitting in a cafe with a glass or cup of something delicious and unwinding with friends where the distractions of the week are banished.  I'm a seriously social creature and crave that interaction regularly to catch up with my loved ones, touch base and keep those connections alive through the hum drum of the office hours in the week.  Recently, I spent the day with Emma in London to take in some culture at a museum and we stopped off at the Tea Terrace beforehand for some much needed fuel (a.k.a coffee).

The Tea Terrace is a hidden away cafe inside House of Fraser on Oxford Street, designed in regal pastel colours and adorned with traditional elegant, english touches.  Furniture is opulent and there are two full sized Cinderella carriages fitted with a table, for that extra magical touch.
The terrace offers light brunch and lunch meals, alongside an array of drinks - including a 'selfiecinno' where you can have any photo sifted on the top of your cappuccino (even your face!).  We gave the waitress our selections and settled down on the throne-like chairs to have a good ol' chin wag.

I'm not a big breakfast person, so I opted for some crumpets with my coffee, whilst Emma chose tea cakes and a pot of loose leaf tea.  It came beautifully presented on floral plates and was an Instagram dream, but unfortunately it was very much style over substance.
The crumpets were hard, most likely cooked for too long and the coffee was mediocre - it wasn't a bad breakfast, by any means, but it was nothing more than what I could have rustled up at home.  Now, I know what you're thinking, it was crumpets.. what did you expect? Truffle oil?!  And yes, you are entirely correct, however when you're expected to pay over the odds (London prices) for said crumpets then I would have expected them fluffy.


In summary, whilst the tea rooms are quintessentially English and offer a charming way to take your afternoon tea, it falls short on expectations when it comes to the actual food itself.  That being said, I don't think that that really matters - the joy of this tea room is the setting, seeing younger children come into the room and taking an afternoon tea in the carriage was an absolute joy to watch and if you have any budding Prince's or Princess's then this is a perfect place to do it on a budget.

The Tea Room, 318 Oxford Street, London WC1 1HF.  
Opening: M-Sa 9:30AM-9PM, Su 12-6:30PM

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