High Tea at Fortnum & Mason

November 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Aunt Fanny, Eating and Drinking, Uncle Quentin | Leave a comment
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A decadent treat today – high tea at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London. It was an altogether more refined affair than the numerous high teas that populate Blyton’s books (more Aunt Fanny Goes up to Town than Five Go Down to the Sea) but was nevertheless still incredibly filling.

To start, a selection of canapes, washed down with a jug of ‘Fortnum’s Mint Refresher’ (fresh mint, lemon juice, ginger ale and sugar syrup). Next, a ‘Queen Anne’ blend of tea, served alongside an English muffin with poached egg, Hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon (other options included Welsh Rarebit, a twice-baked goat’s cheese souffle and a Beef and Fortnum’s Ale pie – the savouries on the menu are often inspired by classic Fortnum’s recipes which are drawn from the company’s archives and updated for modern palates). This was followed by a tier of miniature scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, homemade ginger parkin (a thumbs up from Julian et al here) and a kind of fancy Jammy Dodger, plus a selection of dainty cakes worthy of Marie Antoinette, proffered by waiters carrying heaving silver trays. We opted for a violet mousse cake, a little meringue sandwiched together with lemon curd and a fruit financier.

I was far too intimidated by the opulent setting to take a photo so pictured is my rather upmarket ‘doggy bag’ (I wasn’t too intimidated to ask to take our substantial amount of leftovers home) and a jar of F&M ‘Old English Hunt’ marmalade, bought as a gift. The latter is definitely not for Uncle Quentin who has been known to spread mustard on his breakfast toast instead of marmalade. Needless to say, Uncle Q is so far engrossed in his world of facts and figures that he rarely notices what he’s eating  – so a fine Fortnum’s preserve such as this would be completely wasted on him.

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