It was my mate’s birthday on Sunday, and as she is ‘the woman who has everything’, I actually resorted to ASKING her what she wanted. “Afternoon Tea” was the reply. I had already booked one afternoon tea that I had a Groupon voucher for, but that isn’t until 1st July! That seemed an absolute age away, so I thought it might be nice for us to go out with our other best mate for one in the mean time.
This is the same friend that I went with for the TLSee Afternoon Tea before. So, I started looking for somewhere that we could go for ‘afternoon tea for dinner’ again. The problem is that she works late *shakes fist*. So, I resorted to asking the general public via the wonderful @Secret_London as to where we could go that would serve from around 7pm.
I had three or four recommendations for Drink, Shop & Do in Caledonian Road, just a couple of minutes from King’s Cross station. As the July tea I’ve booked is quite posh, I thought this looked great as it was really quirky and cool. And they serve their ‘afternoon’ tea until closing. At 11pm Mon-Thurs!
So last night we went along.
It was a really fabulous evening! As you walk in, the front shop is full of quirky cards, designery / handmade bits and pieces and old-fashioned sweets that you can buy by the quarter.
You go upstairs into the cafe & craft area which had a tantalising display of homemade cakes on show. It was pretty busy (they wont take bookings for parties of fewer than 5), but we managed to find a table out the back which was a fantastic little room with a domed ceiling and loads of retro furniture and bric-a-brac. (I especially liked the 70s style furry baby deer picture).
We went for the ‘tea with a twist’ which came with a choice of cocktail from their very appealing menu, along with an extensive choice of speciality teas.
I went for a Mrs Pepper Pot, which I can’t remember exactly what was in it apart from basil and pepper and the fact that it was totally scrummy. One friend went for what she described as tasting like ‘a kind of hot chai latte with amaretto’ and the other went for something that had a choice of lime, raspberry or lemon sherbert in it. They were all great!
The actual food itself is definitely not what you would describe as traditional – there was not a scone in sight (can you actually call it afternoon tea if there are no scones? Perhaps that is up for debate!) However, it was wonderful and fresh, the sandwiches were simple but tasty (and the bread was fresh and not refrigerated, which in some places it is!).
Our cake tier had a macaroon (we had three different ones), a piece of lemon drizzle cake and the gooiest, richest slice of chocolate brownie I have ever tasted – they were all delicious. And then the top tier was all retro sweets, which we happily picked at for the rest of our time there.
They have loads of board games available and so we ordered another pot of Assam and settled down to play Yahtzee for a while. In the comforting surroundings, with 80s tunes playing and the whole place in low light with candles on every table, we had a brilliant time.
They have a while calendar of activities that you can take part in, from Rude Scrabble to making papier mache monsters or clay Star Wars figures, vintage hair and make up or porn dot-to-dot!
We will definitely be going back some time – had a totally lovely evening, am so glad that it was recommended to me and think everyone should give it a try!