Review | Afternoon Tea at 108 Marylebone Lane...

Friday 15 April 2016

Happy Friday everyone! How has your week been? This has been my first full week in the office for a while, got to love those 3 day weekends, but sometimes it's nice to get back to routine isn't it! Today I wanted to chat with you  a bit more about the delicous afternoon tea we had as part of my friends hen do a few weekends ago at 108 Marylebonelane.

I don't go to London very often, and despite having read 100's of blog posts about delicous places for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, evening drinks and everything else in between I still end up feeling overwhelmed with choice. And shamefully, quite often end up in a Starbucks. So when I get to visit the capital and my itinerary is already planned out for me I instantly feel relieved!

When I found out we were going for afternoon tea, I immediately googled 108 Marylebone Lane and was won over by the idylic pictures of their front door and outside tables and my mouth was watering before I'd even left Preston. 

The hen party was quite a large group so we were taken upstairs to a private room, which was perfect for the occasion, but I admit I was a little sad not to be sitting in the gorgeous, naturally lit main dining room, because #instagram.  That's why there aren't as many photos in this post as I would have liked, because our private room was all sexy mood lighting - perfect for atmosphere, terrible for snapping away!

We all went for the traditional afternoon tea which was priced at £28 and included a selection of sandwiches, plain and fruit scones with jam and cream, and a plate of macarons, salted caramel tarts and rose and pistachio cake. Not forgetting a pot of freshly brewed coffee or loose leaf tea. 

Now £28 for that alone seems like an utter bargain to me. It's about the same as I pay for afternoon tea Up North, which is a rarity when you are south of Watford, but the thing that really REALLY made this a treasure trove of delicousness?

Free refills.

And not just on our drinks, on everything. Let me say that again...

Free. Refills. On. Everything.

It felt like some kind of trick, or dream, that would turn into a nightmare, after I ate a thousand cream cheese and smoked salmon sandwiches and was suddenly presented with a bill for a bajillion pounds. But it wasn't a nightmare, it was heaven.

Have I said delicious enough in this post already? Because it was. The sandwiches were perfect, the scones crumbly the way a good scone should be, and there was much debate over which cake was the best on the top tier. One of us described the Salted Caramel Popcorn tarts as 'the best things she'd ever put in her mouth' which was just the right amount of truth and innuendo for a hen party! But my personal favourite was the raspberry macaron - and not just because I'm a cliched blogger. They were so good, I didn't even mind that technically, it was only half a macaron!

On top of all this we were treated like royalty. Our server was lovely, and anticipated and catered to our every need. Not once did she bat an eye lid when we asked her to take a photo of us for the thousandth time, because one of us had had our eyes closed in the previous 999. 

I can't recommend afternoon tea at 108 Marylebone Lane enough. I am dying to go back, and hoping I can convince the young man to go there when we visit London next. Free refills on sandwiches and scones might mean he leaves afternoon tea full for once!

Have you ever been to 108? Anyone fancy planning out my next London itinerary for me, so I don't end up in Starbucks again? Let me know in the comments x

ps. You can find out more about and see some much prettier photos of afternoon tea at 108 Marylebone Lane here

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