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Laura Porter

Great New Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden

By January 29, 2011

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I think everyone knows I love afternoon tea and I was recently lucky enough to enjoy a preview of a new afternoon tea in the heart of Covent Garden.

The Crusting Pipe is best known as the wine bar in the piazza that has outdoor seating next to the live opera singers. Yes, you read that right. This wine bar has opera singers and classical musicians performing in the courtyard where the wine bar offers outdoor seating. When I met the manager he had been asked to consider what was unique about the afternoon tea he was planning and I felt this didn't need to be asked as the live music and location can't be beat!

Incredibly, I had never visited the Crusting Pipe before and was pleased to find a friendly and professional welcome from all staff in an interesting venue. Inside it's an alcoves and wine cellars yet is still light and airy. Oh, and don't be concerned about the name; a Pipe is a barrel of port usually containing 570 litres. A Crusting Pipe is the barrel used for making crusted port. So now you know.

Back to their tea, the Crusting Pipe are offering a Traditional Afternoon Tea which has all you would hope for on a lovely three-tier cakestand for only 15.95 (which is the one I tried). They also have the Crusting Pipe Afternoon Tea which, as well as all you would expect, has a selection of artisan British cheeses, with a 10 year old tawny port and more.

Afternoon tea is being served from 2pm to 5pm, seven days a week and booking starts from 1 February 2011. Find out more: www.crustingpipe.co.uk.

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February 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(1) josep says:

Just looking at the pastry photo is making my mouth water.
The Crusting Pipe is absolutely fantastic !! If you close your eyes for a minute you can sense how it was back then with all the people talking, and running around. But the best thing is when you listen to music the accoustic is fantastic. The way the square was built either by mistake or on purpose, but it is absolutely amazing when you listen to music in this place…. the sound is so good !!!

February 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(2) Laurie Jacob says:

Thanks for the info on The Crusting Pipe and the live music at Covent Garden. A fantastic afternoons entertainment.

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