Britain without tea just wouldn’t be the same.
In fact, we’d have to call it Briain.
So thank goodness for tea, and particularly for afternoon tea, which is essentially a very good excuse to have an entire extra meal between lunch and dinner.
And if you’re going to have it anywhere, you might as well have it tucked away in a kitsch secret garden beneath the labyrinthine backstreets of Soho.
Set on two levels, Cutter & Squidge has a dinky upstairs café filled with teetering stacked cakes to take away; but head downstairs and you’ll find a quintessential country garden in which they serve afternoon tea.
Which, by the way, is absolutely huge.
Your food will arrive in a tower of 3 bamboo steamer boxes, giving a whole new meaning to high tea. The first tier is savoury, containing finger sandwiches with indulgent takes on the classics like cucumber and mint, and smoked cheese and caramelised onions. You’ll also get a strong umami hit with their savoury sweetcorn scones and cheese clouds, served with paprika butter.
Level up and you’re into sweeter territory; two tiers of desserts from rose and pistachio shortbread, to chocolate cake truffles made with their award-winning salted caramel. This is also where you’ll encounter their signature bake, the ‘biskie’ – a combination of biscuit, cookie and cake with a buttercream and fruit filling.
Of course, this is an afternoon tea, and you won’t be going thirsty. The set menu includes a pot of loose leaf tea ranging from lychee and peach to blood orange, and there’s also the option to add in prosecco or bellinis, which, naturally, can be bottomless on weekends.
Maybe not one for the tea-total.
NOTE: Cutter & Squidge are open 7 days a week. Reservations for their afternoon tea can be made HERE.
ALSO NOTE: Cutter & Squidge have now introduced a new afternoon tea – read all about it HERE.
Cutter & Squidge | 20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ
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