Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will know that I never miss an excuse to go for afternoon tea. It’s become a tradition that my friends and I go for afternoon tea whenever it is someone’s birthday. Having previously ticked off London’s Sketch and more recently Hotel du Vin, we headed to London’s Scoff and Banter. There are Scoff and Banter restaurants dotted throughout London but the tea rooms that we visited are conveniently located in Oxford Street, so it’s perfect for a day out shopping followed by afternoon tea.
A few of my friends had previously visited Scoff and Banter and raved about their experiences. Offering a laid back, contemporary take on the traditional afternoon tea, it is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for something a little bit different.
The opulent décor mixes modern art with British classics. It is a little tucked away as it is on the second floor of the Radisson Blu hotel but there are plenty of lovely hotel staff to point you in the right direction. On arrival we were greeted by enthusiastic staff who showed us to our table. We had opted for an offer that included a bottle of prosecco along with the afternoon tea so we soon got started on the bubbly.
The Scoff and Banter afternoon tea experience lets you choose various dishes from a menu so that you can tailor your choices to your individual taste. I went for the chai tea that I would thoroughly recommend. I adore the Scoff and Banter crockery, with pastel colouring, polka dots and gold trimmings. Again, reflecting a modern take on a traditional afternoon tea.
You then have the option of selecting two options from the hot dishes, scones, sandwiches and dessert sections. The hot dishes were the highlight of the meal for me. These are served at the start of the Scoff and Banter afternoon tea so that they don’t get cold as you are working your way through the other courses. I went for sticky Beijing fillet of beef and a lamb cutlet served with mint, lemon and Cyprus parsley. There is also the option of going for oysters or lobster if you are feeling extravagant. I’m yet to come across and afternoon tea that serves hot dishes quite like Scoff and Banter.
Perhaps because I am more of a savoury person, the sandwiches were the next highlight of the menu for me. These are brought out on a classic afternoon tea stand along with the scones and desserts. For those who are meat-eaters, the steak on toasted sourdough is super tasty as is the smoked salmon bagel.
For dessert you really are spoilt for choice with options ranging from raspberry and prosecco jelly through to chocolate whisky cake. After much deliberation I decided on the sticky toffee pudding (as it is served with my favourite – salted caramel ice cream) and the trifle complete with roasted balsamic strawberries. Both of these tasted as good as they looked.
The only downside of Scoff and Banter is that does have a rather limited selection of options for vegetarians. Although it is worth asking them if they can create some of the options with a meat-alternative as that was the case with a friend when we visited.
With generous portion sizes, the current offer of free prosecco and endless options to customise the menu Scoff and Banter is really get value for money at £34 per person.
It’s safe to say that you will certainly not go hungry after your visit so it is best to go on a fairly empty stomach. Let me know if you pay Scoff and Banter a visit or have any afternoon teas you’d recommend in London.