Sunday 4 December 2022

Harvey Nichols Christmas afternoon tea

 Today I took my mum for an afternoon tea at the iconic London store Harvey Nichols or Harvey Nicks as I call it. 

My mum has never been there before, and I have only been there once a few years ago with hubby. I got a Buyagift voucher which cost me £50 for both of us which is a saving of £20 against the menu. 

The restaurant is on the top 5th floor of the store which has a small food and drink shop plus a bar and few other restaurants. It was buzzing and very busy.

We arrived half hour early and shown straight to our small table for two at the side. It was a shame we did not have a table by the window as view from there was nice. It was very busy, and tables were close together. The chairs were metal and not very comfortable, and it was very loud with people talking from all angles. I will say that it was decorated nice for Christmas and very brightly lit. 

We were handed the menu and asked if we had any allergies to which we said no fish and my mum no mayonnaise. Surprisingly there was no fish or mayonnaise on the menu which makes a change!!!!

I ordered a glass of champagne which was £10 extra and my mum ordered a cappuccino. 

We waited about 15 minutes for the tea stand to arrive and when it did it very nice and full of food. 

The sandwiches looked nice as had different colored breads. We each got a warm cheese and spinach tart along with a cheese and cucumber brown bread sandwich, cheese and pickle in black bread, turkey and cranberry in brown bread and hummus vegetable one in yellow onion bread. I liked them all and they were very fresh. 

Next, we had the scones which were still warm and crunchy on the outside. We got 2 each a fruit one and a plain one that was darker, and I think made with brown sugar as had a slight caramel taste It was very nice and great with the strawberry jam and clotted cream. They were large in size too and my mum said they were one of the best she has had.

We had to ask for more jam as only got a one mini pot between us, so the waiter brought us another two pots. 

I ordered a coffee and then we started on the top tier of little cakes. There were 5 different types of which we got 1 each consisting of below

Mini mince pie 

Chocolate black forest log slice

Cherry frangipani cake

Carrot and orange cake square 

Chocolate mousse cake

They all tasted lovely, but I think my favorite was the chocolate mousse with the crispy buttery biscuit base and creamy chocolate filling. 

The waiter asked if we wanted another hot drink and I asked if this would be extra charge and he said no so we both ordered another coffee each to finish with. 

it was a nice afternoon tea for the money with lots of good food. However, if you want a luxury and relaxing afternoon tea this is probably not the one for you. 

Nearest Station :        Kingsbridge underground station     - about 2-minute walk 

Best bits : For me it has to be the scones and Cheese and spinach tart which were freshy baked and still warm  

Worst bits :  metal chairs which were not comfortable to sit on      
Value for money : Yes as lots of good food on the stand    
would I go back? :  No probably not unless I am in the area shopping and hungry

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