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One of the very best things to do in England is an afternoon tea at the Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms in London. Afternoon tea is a quintessential British tradition and a must-do for first time visitors to London. There are dozens of afternoon tea choices available throughout London, but I chose the tea service at Scoff & Banter due to its location, menu, and pricing. It was a great decision!
Afternoon Tea Menu at Scoff & Banter
Scoff & Banter offers three menu options: a traditional afternoon tea (£34) and an option with either champagne (£42.50) or prosecco (£39) rather than tea. Once the beverages are decided, each person can select two items from each of the following categories: hot kitchen, scones, sandwiches, and desserts. I was quite surprised by the amount of food provided by Scoff & Banter and thought everything was well worth the £34 I paid for a pot of fantastic tea and so many food items that I had to take some home for later!
John and I both ordered the Sticky Beijing Beef Fillet from the hot kitchen and agreed that it was our favorite thing we ate while having afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter. If you like Chinese food, order this! We were both left wanting more once it was gone, and would have eaten an entire entree of this dish.
Other stand-out items include the cheddar cheese scones, Croque-Madame sandwich, and strawberry tart with crème Chantilly. There was nothing either of us ordered that we didn’t like, and the menu was varied enough that we were able to choose two items per category easily. The only difficulty was which things NOT to order! There are plenty of vegetarian options available.
How Afternoon Tea Works
Once you have made your selections, your server will bring your tea (one pot per person) along with milk. The food arrived just a few minutes later, elegantly presented on a three-tiered cake stand. The presentation of the entire table was beautifully done and made the tea feel so special.
Our server asked if we were celebrating anything special and I told her it was my birthday. Before we departed, I was surprised with a lovely white rose and a special dessert brought to our table! It was a really nice touch that I certainly didn’t expect.
Weekdays, Scoff & Banter also offers an unlimited prosecco option for £39, which would be such a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends!
Where to Find Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms
The Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms are centrally located on Oxford Street, just across from the Bond Street tube station. Walk down a small street in between the large Disney Store and Debenham’s and you will see the entrance to the Radisson Blu Hotel, tucked conspicuously away at the end of the block. The Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms are actually located within the hotel, so go inside and take the elevator up to the second floor.
If you arrive early for your reservation, you can relax in the hotel lounge or of course do some shopping out on Oxford Street! I loved that the Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms were in the midst of all the action yet tucked away quietly on a side street, making for a quiet and romantic afternoon. Make your reservation online ahead of time as they do book up in advance.