Thomas’ Cafe is my current favourite breakfast spot, the setting is calm and pretty, and the food is delicate and delicious. Centrally located within the Regent Street store and an easy commute from my flat, it ticks every box. So when the team invited me to try out the new afternoon tea offering I was more than happy to oblige.
On a rainy Saturday the dining room was a little quieter than usual, the usual workday crowd must have been enjoying a day in and we had the entire upstairs room to ourselves. With the clouds looming outside I felt very pleased to be inside this comfortable and luxurious sanctuary.
Much like the designer clothing stocked downstairs, they keep the afternoon tea classic and simple at Thomas’. No gimmicky themes or excessive speciality tea menus. Seasonal sandwiches and cakes are brought to you, along with your choice from the ‘Aga’.
First we treated ourselves to a glass of particularly light and refreshing English Nyetimber Rosé sparkling wine, (tea is priced at £32 per person without the fizzy, or £44 with it). Next our Aga specials arrived, the hot buttered crumpets were particularly delightful… indulgent, comforting and very British. The scones were also tasty, freshly made and crumbly, served with rich clotted cream and Burberry’s own strawberry and raspberry jams.
The main event soon arrived on a decadent two-tiered glass stand. Four varieties of sandwiches sitting neatly on the bottom level – Rare Beef, Smoked Salmon, Egg, and Cucumber. Our favourite was the beef, a high quality meat with a complementing spicy mustard. The top shelf showcased the finest patisserie, from miniature lemon drizzle cakes, to chocolate and caramel crémeux with almond brittle. The cafe team recommend the 2016 Lalani & Co 2nd Flush Grand Reserve Darjeeling Tea from India to accompany their tea and I found this paired particularly well with the sweeter cake section of the tea.
Despite its growing fan base, Thomas’ Cafe still feels like London’s best kept secret, and I hope it stays that way as I don’t want to give up my favourite meeting spot, whether I’m visiting for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
More information and book a table for tea at Thomas’ Cafe here.