Another week, another foodie Friday, and this time we snook out of the office for a spot of afternoon tea.
Last Thursday myself and S found ourselves amongst the hustle and bustle of Bond Street and where better to go than one of our favourite department stores?
Located on the second floor of Fenwick’s, Bond and Brook’s takes its name from the two roads that Fenwick’s sits upon. It’s the perfect location whether you need to refuel from a shopping spree, have business meetings over brunch or take your Gran for tea.
After skipping lunch and opting for afternoon tea we couldn’t wait to devour the charming mix of finger sandwiches, freshly baked buttermilk scones and dainty little cakes. That is after we eventually dragged ourselves away from all of the beautiful clothes.
The venue was tastefully decorated, with a modern, contemporary finish, providing a smooth transition from fashion to food, and was spotlessly clean. The subtle fashion theme ran throughout the restaurant from the impressive library of fashion books to the aptly named ‘couture cakes’.
With just two options for afternoon tea, choosing was easy.
Those looking for something a little lighter could opt for freshly baked scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream reasonably priced at only £8.50. Or for the hungrier souls (S and I included) the full works - offering an array of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and couture cakes. This being the more attractive option to satisfy our grumbling stomachs and priced at only £19.50 per person became even more irresistible.
Both options come with a pot of tea of your choice; S made a quick decision and went for the traditional choice of ‘English Breakfast’ tea. Myself being quite the tea lover decided to try something a little more exotic eventually going for ‘Angel Peach’, with the recommendation from our waitress.
The tea came quickly, in stylish silver pots, giving myself and S the chance to chat, sip, and relax, to the sound of Norah Jones playing in the background.
One cup of refreshing tea later the food arrived on a two-tier cake stand. It was a complete feast to the eyes and seemed a shame to eat. After being snap-happy, taking an insane amount of pictures (148 to be precise), and one Instagram post later (thanks to the free Wi-Fi) S finally bit the bullet (no pun intended) and tried the Honey Roast Ham mini finger sandwiches, which were incredibly moreish.
I followed trying a mini salmon bagel with an extremely generous helping of smoked salmon, served with cream cheese and black olive powder, which was simply delicious.
Four sandwiches and 2 pots of tea later, we couldn’t resist the freshly baked scones, which were still warm after 20 minutes. The waitress, Victoria, said if we needed any extra jam or clotted cream just ask, so we took full advantage. The scones were undoubtedly both mine and S’ favourite part, and having two large scones each was a bonus.
Now stuffed on sandwiches and scones it was onto the couture cakes, which were the perfect bite sized portions. The delicate desserts consisted of mini Eton mess, chocolate and coffee cake and raspberry meringue; one Eton mess later S had had enough so I took the pleasure of finishing the rest, oh what a shame!
S and I both couldn’t agree more about the amazing service and attentive staff, there was no rushing or pestering and the waitress who looked after us called Victoria was extremely helpful.
Overall Bond and Brook is an incredible venue, in a great location and the perfect place for a special treat without breaking the bank. We will definitely be returning.