Vegan high tea at Fortnum & Mason
One of the most sensually joyful things about the festive season is to indulge ourselves by having a high tea. I absolutely adore high teas. There is something about dressing up in our finest to have a cuppa of tea along with tiny delicate slices of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Since I have become a vegan, I have been on a lookout for a delicious vegan high tea. I was very happy when I found out that Fortnum & Mason (who are known for their legendary high teas) have started doing a vegan high tea. So, I wore my best tea dress and artificial pearls and turned up for a vegan high tea at Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in Piccadilly Circus with a group of girls friends (none of whom ae vegan).
Our very friendly and lovely hostess Melina (thank you for taking such good care of us!), explained to us how the high tea will work and our options. We all selected to have the high tea with a glass of champagne.
The vegan afternoon high tea comes with finger sandwiches, scones and afternoon tea cakes. The finger sandwiches consisted of five sandwiches which were cucumber with mint, grilled courgette with artichokes pesto, pulled jackfruit and cos lettuce, red pepper with green pea dressing and aubergine with roast vegetable hummus.
The scones came with a vegan sweetened margarine (which was delcious) and Fortnum and Mason's strawberry and blueberry preserves. I think this is the first time I had scones since I have become a vegan!
There were 5 slices of afternoon tea cakes. These were caramelised banana toffee cake, orange and avocado mousse, morello cherry pavlova, Granny Smith apple and calvados loaf and blackberry cheese cake.
I washed it all down with Rose Pouchong tea which is a speciality of China. This tea consists of rose petals interleaved with the tea. It has a very fragrant and delicate taste.
In the end, our hostess brought a high slice of the vegan banana loaf which was divine,
You can have unlimited serving of sandwiches, scones and tea during the high tea. They are also very happy to pack any leftovers you have.
The whole high tea was delicious and filling. The ambience is very lovely and warm. And, all the staff is very friendly and willing to help.
The cost of our afternoon high tea came to £74 per head (it would have been around £60 per head if we had not taken the champagne).
This vegan high tea is great for a special occasion or when you feel like indulging yourselves. I am already planning my next visit here (maybe my birthday!).
If you do decide to try this out, please do let me know how did you find it. Meanwhile, I am off to my dance cardio class by Body by Simone to burn off my high tea. If you want to know more about Body by Simone's dance cardio class, You can read my blog here.