OBLIX LONDON BOROUGHS AFTERNOON TEA

27th November 2016By 6 Comments

High tea for two with a view … there’s nothing better than this in my opinion, and when you have one of the best views of London in one of the most famous London landmarks, it makes for something rather special indeed.

img_4946Oblix has an afternoon tea on their menu which is dedicated to seasonal and local produce broken down into London boroughs. For £38 per person, share a high tea tiered tray of sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes with a wide choice of tea.

Upgrade to a glass of champagne or a champagne cocktail for an additional £10. We go for the latter, because even at midday it’s five o’clock somewhere …

img_4936First off our champagne cocktail arrives; a Bon Vivant. Hendrick’s gin, rooibos tonic, seasonal tea and champagne which is poured from the prettiest antique decanter. Note to self – must find one.

Now I’m not a lover of gin, but the rooibos tonic and tea infused together created the most delicious, sweet and delicate flavour that when mixed with the champagne made a very sophisticated drink indeed.

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No sooner have we tucked into our cocktail and the sandwiches arrive – but these aren’t just any sandwiches.

The Hackney – smoked salmon, cream cheese and rye

The Islington – duck egg and truffle mayonnaise

The Harringey – ham, alexandra cheese, celeriac and mustard

The Lambeth – cured angus beef and horseradish

The Southwark – coronation chicken, mango and corriander

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Crikey. The Islington, duck egg and truffle was a thing of dreams, so much so I had to order more. My other favourite was the Haringey; ham, cheese, celeriac and mustard. Both extremely fitting as they are the two boroughs I have spent the most years living in since I moved to London over 10 years ago.

All delicious but those two have my vote.

Scones next and there’s a choice of two with two different types of jam to top (but not before the clotted cream, I am a cream followed by jam kind of ‘gal).

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The Hackney, a plain freshly baked scone and the Southwark, a cranberry scone topped with thick clotted cream and a choice between two Hackney jams, blackberry and bay or fig and earl grey.

Breaking crisp in half and the middle, soft and pillowy. Slathered with cream and thick, sweet and fragrant jam these were delicious. Something I haven’t fully appreciated until having tea here, so hats off to you Oblix, I am now a firm scone lover.

On to the cakes and pastries.

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Tower hamlets – pumpkin cake

Southwark – chocolate, stout and pear choux bun

Putney – crunchy chocolate pecan bar

Westminster – Café mocha

After all the clotted cream and jam it’s of any wonder we can muster the strength to eat any more sugar but when they look this pretty there’s no chance of leaving a morsel. The pumpkin cake was my favourite, a sweet and sticky pumpkin sponge layered between a vanilla cream and topped with a shard ( how fitting) of sesame caramel. Lush.

Our other favourite was the Putney, a deliciously decadent log of chocolate ganache with a biscuit pecan base and topped with crunchy honeycomb.

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img_4935All washed down with a large pot of rose tea and I’m gone – roll me out into the lift, but heck, it’s worth every minute of the sugar coma I’m in.

Whether it be a special occasion, an excuse to do something ‘a bit fancy’ or an excuse for a mid-afternoon champagne cocktail with some friends over a cracking view, Oblix has something rather lovely on offer.

The London Afternoon Tea at Oblix pays homage to the iconic capital city. Serving a menu inspired by the very best London has to offer, a menu designed using a blend of ingredients sourced from favourite local purveyors found throughout London’s eclectic mix of boroughs and turning Afternoon Tea classics into Oblix London favourites.

Running Monday To Friday afternoon 12h00 – 15h30

Reservations are to be made by telephone booking only on 0207-268-6700.

Disclaimer – I was invited by Oblix to dine but all views are my own. Ta.

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  1. We’ve been going to The Ritz for years but it’s over £50. Just searched afternoon tea at Oblix on Twitter and this came up. What a view! I will be in the wife’s good books. Martin

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