Afternoon Tea at the Cocktail Bar, Mews of Mayfair

London, UK
January 2016

Mews of Mayfair is tucked away behind the shopping districts of Bond and Oxford Streets.  Just a short 5 minute walk from Bond Street Station, I thought that the Mews would be a good place for a break from the after Christmas sales.

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Mews of Mayfair (on the left), housed in the converted mews, is a four story restaurant and bar.  Afternoon tea is served on the ground floor in the bar.

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The bar seating is better served by cocktails and other drinks, less so by an afternoon tea set with all of its extras.  Also, one of the three entrances directly off the bar area was open the entire time, so it was a little chilly.

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Their tea selection was pretty good offering a range of different options, but you can only choose one (refillable).  I chose the China Green, which was fine but nothing special.

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The tea was served in little teapots that can hold about 1.5 cups of tea each.  The benefit of the small teapots is that your tea won’t be over-steeped if you time/pour advantageously.  *The water served (in the glasses) is flavored, so don’t be surprised!

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From what’s listed on the menu, I expected things to be fairly standard.

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This is the first restaurant that I have been to that has not accommodated for dietary concerns.  I informed the restaurant at the time reservation (well in advance) that I could not eat the smoked salmon.  Normally, a restaurant will replace the salmon with an alternative ingredient, remove the salmon from the sandwich and serve as is, or substitute the entire sandwich with something else.  I was therefore surprised that they just left off the sandwich altogether.

That aside, the bread for the sandwiches was a bit stale, as if they had made the sandwiches earlier in the day and left them out.  The wraps were pretty good and gave us a glimmer of hope for the rest of the food.

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The scones weren’t too bad, served with clotted cream and jam.  The overall texture was good, but the bottoms were a little burnt (especially on the raisin scones).

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The sweets looked ok, if not a little boring.  The cherry trifle had layers of cherries, custard cream, and clotted cream on top.  The balance of the layers was weighted too heavily on the clotted cream, so you lost the flavors of the custard and cherries.  The other three were pretty standard, a blueberry cornbread slice, a fudgie brownie, and a vanilla cupcake.  Except for the icing on the cupcake (which did not have the icing sugar incorporated well enough), these were fine and tasted like something that someone you know would have made at home.

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For the price, I would have expected more, especially for the food.  Nothing was extremely terrible, but nothing was good either.  Had the set been half the price (or less), I would have been less disappointed.  Even when we wanted to leave, it took about 30 minutes to get a hold of any of the waitstaff.

My suggestion is to try and find a different place to get a bite to eat and take a break.

Tea 2/5, one choice (refillable), good variety
Food 2/5
Atmosphere 2.5/5
Service 2/5
Overall 2/5 (rounding down)

Mews of Mayfair
12:00pm to 5:00pm daily

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