The Bottom Line
- Pretty cakes
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Organic, locally sourced ingredients
- All cakes made on site
- Crumbly cupcakes
- Small cafe
44 Theobald's Road
- Tel: 020 7242 8330
- Nearest Tube Stations: Holborn / Chancery Lane
- Website: www.beasofbloomsbury.com
Guide Review - Bea's of Bloomsbury Afternoon Tea
Once inside you'll see what I mean about small as there is probably seating for about 20 people in mostly tables for 2 or 3. The decor is dark, well black, but the lighting is good so it doesn't feel oppressive. The flock design on one wall is echoed in the black and blue upholstered dining chairs, and there's mellow background music.
Staff are welcoming and there's a very relaxed atmosphere. I ordered the £9 afternoon tea which consists of a cupcake, scone, mini desserts, and a pot of tea. The tea is Jing tea and their own blends and the teapots are matt black, if somewhat small. The crockery is all white and the cake stand is lovely white china with ladies legs sticking out of the top!
My scone was home-baked and served warm with an excessive amount of clotted cream and strawberry jam, and the mini desserts included two types of chocolate brownie made with Valrhona chocolate.
I'd heard lots of good things about the cupcakes but I wasn't so impressed as I couldn't cut it and it crumbled under the weight of the icing (frosting). Certainly gorgeous to look at, and indulgently rich, but not solid enough. (This could have been because it was a chocolate cupcake.)
It's not a traditional afternoon tea (no sandwiches or formality); this is a casual 'hanging out with good friends' afternoon tea, that's available everyday. It's popular so they advise you book ahead.
(Reviewed December 2009.)