Tip Tophams Afternoon Tea

When I last wrote to you to discuss afternoon tea, I was a complete newbie to the world of the cucumber sandwich. I’m not so novicey now! Having got through enough cucumber sandwiches to make a montage Rocky would be proud of, I set off to Topham’s in Belgravia to cast my eye over their afternoon selection.

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Champagne

Located in Belgravia, around the corner from Victoria, Topham’s aim to provide a unique afternoon tea experience within a modern boutique hotel setting. We began, as all civilised afternoon meals should, with champagne. I’m not sure if the champagne designated the beginning of the experience, or a needed comfort as we navigated the highly stressful choice of selecting our tea from a chest that had been arranged to look something not unlike a rainbow. Either way, it was welcome.

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Tea Selection

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The tea upon arrival

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Pouring the tea

We opted for the classic Earl Grey alongside the slightly more exotic sounding Rooibois, or red bush (to give it a slightly more Yorkshire name). While we may have committed the cardinal sin of mixing a dash of milk with our Earl Grey (I can only apologize), the tea’s natural calming effect helped towel our brows while navigating the towering plate of treats that awaited.

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Afternoon tea selection

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Selection of sandwiches

The sandwiches consisted of ham and cheese with mustard, egg mayo, and cucumber. They were served in fresh, soft bread with a light smothering of butter. As we’ve already discussed, I’m now a heavyweight cucumber sandwich expert. I made light work of these sandwiches, and soon cast my eye upon the second round of food.

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Selection of cake

The cake tier was packed with brownies, macaroons, and much more. Luckily, each item appeared twice, to prevent any fights over a particular favourite. With plenty of tea left to assist, we tackled the cakes and their array of flavours, and we conquered all that sat before us.

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Scones

The scones were a knockout. Full of raisins, soft and buttery. There was ample cream and jam to pile on top of the scone we received, and we lavished it on. Served alongside a strawberry so big that at first I may have thought it was fake (I promise it was real, and delicious), this proved a fitting climax to our experience.

Topham’s offers a very reasonably priced afternoon tea menu in what is now a highly competitive market. The selection of tea was very impressive, and the homemade scones are really worth checking out.

Tophams Hotel Restaurant

24-32 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 0LU



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