On Saturday, Marianne and I took afternoon tea at Biscuiteers in Notting Hill.
An estate agent would describe the shop as ‘ideally situated’ and it truly is. It is my embassy, my lighthouse, my place of salvation in times of gift-giving need.
Its huge variety of beautifully-iced biscuits make ideal presents. Last month, I ran in there asking for anything squirrel-shaped. Did they come up with the goods? Just ask my squirrel-shaped cookie cutter.
It occurred to me that I’m either dashing into the shop to grab last-minute gifts it or trudging past it en route to the gym. I’d never taken the time to enjoy Biscuiteers so I booked afternoon tea as a pre-Christmas treat.
I love afternoon tea and I’m won over by any establishment that serves it. I love the fluffy scones, clotted cream and jam. I love the thin cucumber sandwiches and tiny cakes. I believe that afternoon tea is the second greatest thing to come out of the UK after the internet.
The scones at Biscuiteers were warm when they arrived. Heaven. The cake stand was filled with London-themed biscuits, scones, slices of mini Battenberg, tiny cupcakes, brownies and finger sandwiches. All drinks on the extensive menu were included in the price but I just stuck to Earl Grey and sparkling water.
The lady who served us was polite, accommodating and cheerful.
Happy staff members make all the difference. During my stint as a waitress at an Indian restaurant, I found it hard to maintain (or even establish) enthusiasm but I think this was mainly because I had to wear a costume.
Though seating is limited at Biscuiteers, we didn’t feel rushed. It’s hard to find any eatery in central London on a weekend which doesn’t hurry you along or seat you next to a queue of people waiting to take your table.
It felt like a village tea room, not least because my next door neighbour popped in to purchase a box of Mexican-themed biscuits.
Payment was taken at time of booking, which seems a bit risky but it actually made things much more civilised at the end of the afternoon.
There was more than enough food for two people and the biscuits and cakes that we couldn’t manage were packaged up to take home.
The London Afternoon Tea is £48.00 and serves two. Arrive hungry and book in advance.
194 Kensington Park Road
0207 727 8096
Closest tube stations:
Notting Hill Gate (Central, District, Circle)
Ladbroke Grove (Circle, Hammersmith and City)