No scones for Afternoon Tea?

That’s sacrilegious! It cannot be!

We still have a couple of days till the end of Afternoon Tea Week – and I think Mum finally had her fill of scones.

Yesterday we went with Sara and Colette

for a different type of afternoon tea at Cinnamon Bazaar.

As we walked into the restaurant – you could immediately smell all the aromatic spices and the colours of the decor was so pretty!

Instead of the usual cucumber and egg sandwiches, they served sandwiches filled with Kolkata fish and Katti Roll.

But Mum stuck to Earl Grey tea – LOL!

Well, that went very quickly.

And Mum loved their teapots so much, she really wanted to take one home.

Which colour? There was a pink one for sale.

But Sara reminded her about decluttering and the whole Marie Kongo thing she’s been going on about. Mum said – “But I love it. And Marie said you should only keep the things that you love and that brings you joy.” However, Mum couldn’t decide on the colour because they didn’t go with our new decor. So sadly she left without one. No doubt we will be back … LOL! There’s a pink that might work, she said – or green. Oh vey!

May’s comment: When I was researching Afternoon Tea places that we have not been to – we came across Cinnamon Bazaar – one of the restaurants of the Cinnamon Collection. We’ve been to dog-friendly Cinnamon Kitchen in Battersea and have even met the owner who has a cockapoo! So It was worth a call to see if they too allow dogs. And yes they do! As in most places, preferably “small, well-behaved dogs.”

Their modern, Indian-inspired takes on the quintessential classic Afternoon Tea has been created by chef Tamal Ray, who was the runner-up in BBC’s Great British Bake Off 2015 in collaboration with celebrity chef Vivek Singh. They took the inspiration from their family roots in Kolkata, West Bengal.

On the menu were sandwiches filled with Kolkata fish, tomato chutney cooked in turmeric, chilli and mustard oil, Chicken Kathi ‘spring rolls’.

Vivek’s signature chaat and Tamal’s Pani Puri – semolina shells filled with spiced chickpeas, mint and tamarind water.

I almost never manage the pastries by the time we finish our scones but here, we didn’t have scones so I was able to taste their cinnamon cream macarons, pistachio cake with rose meringue – which I loved! All served with a selection of Indian teas – but there are some things that one must have – Earl Grey tea.

They also have a vegan version. We had one of each, and I am usually not vegetarian but even I enjoyed all their delicate creations.

This is not just for Afternoon Tea Week. Tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm. 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7JS

Find out what other dog-friendly places for Afternoon Tea on our Wine and Dine list.

1 Comment

  1. Maggie Wilson

    I love the denim jackets and little striped jumpsuit. Bessie needs these items 😀 Can you let me know where to buy?

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