As a birthday treat for Renata, I took her to Palm Court Brasserie in Covent Garden for afternoon tea.
It was the perfect indoor afternoon tea kind of weather as it was snowing pretty heavily outside on this particular day. We walked into the restaurant, umbrellas dripping wet and coats spotted with soggy snow flakes, our coats and umbrellas were taken for us and we were shown to our table.
Dimmed lights and tables lit with candles, the atmosphere is very much like one of those small Parisian brasseries you would come across in a tiny little lane in Paris.
The sandwiches were very English-tea-time. Cucumber and butter on white bread, smoked salmon and cream cheese on brown bread, egg and mayo on white bread, and ham and mustard on brown bread. All with the crusts off, of course dahling.
The Eton Mess was perfect. Perfect size in a mini glass ice cream cup. Perfect textures with enough crunch from the meringue, fluffiness from the cream and zing from the strawberry cooley and freshness of the strawberries.
The cakes were very very rich. Thick cheesecake with a raspberry topping and an extremely chocolatey, moist brownie topped with a toffee sauce.
The scones were still warm from the oven and came with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
We also had a pot of tea each of our choice. We opted for djarling tea.
All in all, it was a lovely (and sophisticated) way to spend a cold snowy afternoon. The only negative I can say is that they had another booking at our table after us so we could only have the table for 1.5 hours, but it turned out to be perfect timing for us anyway, so it all worked out.
The afternoon tea menu is, unfortunately, not on the website. It is £14 per person for the set afternoon tea.