Sunday, 15 January 2012

The "Yes" Man

Today, I set off to Soho for a quintessentially British afternoon of cucumber sandwiches and crumpets with my Nana. Destination: Soho's Secret Tea Room. I thought I'd channel a little granny chic with tartan, lace, a tapestry handbag (not pictured) and a cossack hat. Here's what I wore:








'YES' necklace, £12, Asos.com (I believe they've sold out)
White lace shirt, £?, Primark
Tartan dress, £20, Desire Clothing
Suspender tights, £10, Pretty Polly via River Island
Lace up Lita boots, gifted from my parents, £120, Jeffrey Campbell via Office


Walking down Greek Street in the brisk cold, I have to say it was not the easiest task finding the tea room. The Coach & Horses pub itself (which it is situated above) didn't have a very big sign and, despite the claims that it's famous, was very easy to miss/was unknown to the other shops around it. Once in, we had to go behind the bar and up a very narrow and windy staircase. The tea room itself had a shabby chic feel to it's decor, furnished with incongruous chairs, lacy tablecloths and 1930s bric-a-brac. It had a really vibrant and friendly atmosphere, which made up for the fact that we were told upon entering that there was a "table for two" but we wouldn't be served for at least half an hour due to the fact that they were behind on their orders. The waitress was very friendly despite all of her stress and, once our order had been taken, she got our food out fast. I must admit, the scones were to die for and the cucumber sandwiches, although thin on cucumber, were a nice bit of savoury amongst the mix of cakes and clotted cream. For £14.50, I don't quite think the 'Traditional Afternoon Tea' quite lived up to it's fee but, for a bit of a novelty treat every now and then, I thought it was fantastic. I would definitely go back there again but not any time soon as I think I will be waddling off this food baby for a couple months now.

Location: 1/2
Decor: 1.75/2
Atmosphere: 2/2
Food: 1.75/2
Service: 1/2

Total: 7.5/10

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