Tea on high…

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Melbournian Girl Abroad | 0 comments

Tea on high…

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I have always wanted to take tea at Fortnum and Masons. There is something so appealing about the idea of sipping perfectly brewed tea in the original London tea house. Star and I headed here for a late afternoon tea after a day of rambling about London (including playing chess on the Fendi display table in Harrords).

Fortnum and Mason offers five different internal establishments for the taking of tea but I have always spied people sipping poured from elegant silver pots on a raised area to the side of the ground floor. This is where I wanted to head.

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The Gallery sits on the corner of Jermyn Street and Duke street raised above the main floor stocking teas and all sorts of hamper ready goodies is flooded with warm light and has such a sence of restrained elegance to it that I was enchanted. We ordered our teas (Countess Grey for Star and Queen Anne for moi). We also ordered a serving of scones each that included a plain and raisin scone with a side of strawberry jam and clotted cream.

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While awaiting our feast to arrive we watched shoppers on the floor, those dining and continued with our lovely day of just catching up. Our tea arrived first in the most divinely elegantly silver tea pots (now on my “I need” list) with sweet silver tea strainers (£25 in the shop). The experience (I do think tea is better when it’s an experience) was slightly marred by the giant ikeaesque white porcelain cups and saucers and chunky silver spoons – something a little more in keeping with the pots and strainers would have been really nice. Still – I kept looking longingly at my pretty teapot sad that I have nothing even close at home.

Our scones arrived and were perfectly round, shiny, dense and very very English. we happily spread on our jam and cream and relished the experience.

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Afterwards we wandered the store and picked up a few items (shopping haul to follow). They had there Christmas store open (as do Harrods and Selfridges) and I fell in love with a wooden advent calendar in the shape of the store. Still sort of wishing I had purchased it. But at a very grand eighty five pounds perhaps better graces someone with a little more room (and money)’s house.

I love this store and know I will make th
e time to return again for at least one more cup of tea perched on high.

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