Butterscotch Afternoon Tea in London
Butterscotch Tearoom is a newly opened café and tearoom offering afternoon tea in London. Tucked just off St Christopher’s Place, Butterscotch it is the perfect spot to escape the bustle of Oxford Street. The tearoom is the creation of baker Bea Vo, formerly of Bea’s of Bloomsbury (which afternoon tea aficionados may recognise) and creator of the epic muffin-doughnut hybrid, the duffin! We visited to check out a newly launched afternoon tea offering, the Camellia Afternoon Tea. We arrived to a pretty looking café with platters of cakes and flowers decorating the windows. Inside we were led to the tearoom adorned with white blooms across the walls, a giant chandelier, hanging vases of flowers and marble tables, this is one ‘grammable café!
The Camellia Afternoon Tea offers an extensive choice of loose leaf Jing teas. We opted for the lemon verbena infusion and a traditional Earl Grey black tea which were served in adorable elephant shaped teapots complete with pouring trunks! If you fancy bubbles with your sandwiches and sweets, prosecco, champagne or cocktails (after 6pm) are also available.
The bottom of our cake stand was stacked with fresh mini sourdough baguette sandwiches with different vegetarian fillings. We particularly enjoyed the squash, goats’ cheese and sage infused olive oil as well as the tomato, mozzarella and basil infused olive oil options.
Our cake stand was full of enticing baked goodies including mini meringues, bitesize brownies, blondies and cupcakes; we did not know where to start! We worked our way upwards and started on the scones which, in Bea’s true fusion style, were served with a whole French madeleine on top! The madeleine was light and fluffy and we enjoyed the scones with lots of cream and strawberry jam, which the staff happily topped up on request.
The bite sized brownie and blondie were moist and the meringues were wonderfully fruity in passion fruit and raspberry flavours. The cupcakes were soft red velvets with creamy icing – perfect after so many sweet treats! Finally, in a truly Alice in Wonderland-esque fashion, chocolate mousses were hung above us to finish the afternoon tea. The range of options would satisfy any sweet tooth and the staff kindly boxed up those we could not finish which made for a nice little treat to take home.
We felt the Camellia Afternoon Tea (£22.50pp) offers good value as a mid-range afternoon tea, we left full and had a box of leftovers! The friendly staff, photogenic interiors and attention to small details add to the experience. If afternoon tea is not quite your thing Butterscotch has breakfast and lunch menus plus cocktails in the evening – it’s a perfect little spot for a catch up with friends or a convenient break next time you’re shopping in Oxford Street.
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