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May 25, 2011 / aasdel

“I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.” Mick Jagger

It was four thirty…

I had a friend in town and we had been wandering around the city all day. We were dreaming of sitting down and I was wondering where we could go. I try to remember what I would do if I was back home in Montreal. Maybe have a coffee at Starbucks? But an American chain store didn’t feel right… It took us a while before we realized it was almost five; Tea Time. Perfect!

I’d never had tea in London before, or anywhere in England for that matter (Ok, let’s try to forget that I’ve never gone out of London yet). Once, a few months before living Montreal, a group of girlfriends and I decided to initiate ourselves to the custom. It was wonderful then and so I was excited to experience the true tradition in the mother land.

We went into Bea’s of Bloomsbury as I had heard great things of it. Situated on a large road, it is not the romanesque gateway you would expect. (While walking to get there I wondered a few times if we were on the right path or if we had missed it.) The inside of the shop could improve, I think. The open kitchen in the back of the store looks  too industrial for a tea time place. Maybe it’s because I see this as a luxurious practice; delicious finger food served on cute porcelain, exotic tea, all that surrounded by a Victorian decor. But I must admit, I was sitting on the wrong side of the table. If you looked the other way, it was lovely. And I was not disappointed by the food.

We ordered the Afternoon tea. For £12 each, we got a proper scone with lashings of clotted cream and jam, one cupcake,  marshmallow, a mini Valrhona brownie, a white chocolate brownie (to die for!!), a mini Belgian Blondie, a pistachio financier and a mini meringue. That’s nine items! And I must not forget, a pot of tea. For three extra pounds they would have added mini savoury baguettes. Now that’s the real deal! But we came a little too late and they were out of stock. I could have written a paragraph on how good everything was and I won’t. I’m just going to say that I’m planning on going back, it’s so affordable.

There’s something I have to share too; if you plan on having tea, either skip lunch or supper. We were not able to finish it all and we didn’t even have the baguettes!



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  1. Linzi / May 26 2011 6:09 am

    I don’t know what I am more jealous of, that you live in Highbury Fields (MY former stomping ground) or those cakes from Beas. I have made the move from London to Vancouver four months ago and it ain’t easy going the other way either. Discovered your blog today and it is cool.

    • aasdel / May 26 2011 7:25 am

      Hey thanks! I’m sure It’s not easy the other way around either! Your blog is cool too 🙂

  2. L. / Aug 4 2011 9:32 am

    Hi Linzi,

    I used to live in Vancouver and loved it there. Try Coco & Olive on Broadway close to Alma. It could cheer you up. Their apricot / white chocolate scones are to die for!

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