The Tea Room at Harrods (London)

Location: London, England
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd (inside Harrods, 2nd floor)
Type of Meal: Tea

If you’ve ever been to Harrods, it’s a multi-level mad house with shoppers and merchandise everywhere.  Their Food Hall, on the main floor, certainly draws crowds who are looking for something to eat. My preference is for the Tea Room tucked away from the hustle and bustle on the second floor. It’s not the Ritz where you’d dress up and go for high tea that last for hours.  Rather, it’s a great alternative for those who just want tea and a quick bite – exactly what my husband and I needed after a morning of site seeing.

We both ordered the Chelsea (£12.50), which is simply tea with scones, clotted cream and jams. Harrods offers an extensive list of tea but the 1849 Blend, a black tea, caught both our interest given it was made to commemorate Harrod’s 150th anniversary and promises an intense aroma with rich flavour.  At first, the 1849 Blend really didn’t taste that different from regular teas, but once we skipped the milk and sugar, the intensity came through and the slight bitterness went well with the sugary jam.

Two large scones, plain and with raisins, arrive with a generous dish of thick clotted cream. This really is the quintessential thing to try when you go to London and it’s great at Harrods.  The scones were freshly made arriving hot, soft, slightly doughy but still airy in the middle. For me, the best part is the clotted cream which makes everything so much better. The thick, buttery spread is heavenly and goes well with the strawberry or raspberry jam or on its own.

If you’re visiting London for the first time, likely you’ll end up in Knightsbridge at Harrods.  My suggestion, take an hour (perhaps at the Tea Room) to just sit back, relax and enjoy some tea with company – and I guess scones and clotted cream doesn’t hurt as well.

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