As well as the incredible gift card and personal shopper at my beck and call the prize I won via Google City Experts also included afternoon tea for two at the Liberty cafe. As I already mentioned I’d invited Matt’s mum to join me for the day, we both have birthdays around about the same time so it was a nice little treat for the both of us. We’d worked up quite an appetite by the time we joined the queue for the Liberty Tea Rooms at 3pm (afternoon tea is only served between 3pm and 6pm, they do not take reservations) and it was already buzzing with a lot of people. In fact the entire time we were there there was a constant flow of people with a seat barely being left empty for more than a couple of minutes.
The tea rooms have recently been refurbished and sadly don’t retain the original feel that the rest of the store does. Tables are crammed in to a tiny space and the hustle and bustle of customers doesn’t really allow for a very relaxing atmosphere. The afternoon tea itself however was delicious!
Traditional finger sandwiches, scones, proper leaf tea and a delightful selection of cakes went down swimmingly. I loved the little milk bottle that came with the tea while Anthea fell in love with the VW salt and pepper shakers. The sandwiches were as you would expect fine, nothing startling, they are only sandwiches but the scones were deliciously warm and came with a good amount of jam and clotted cream. I’m somewhat of a clotted cream fiend but managed to hold back! But the best part of the platter was the cakes…
We tried the pistachio tart first as I’d never had anything pistachio flavour (other than pistachios of course) and I wasn’t impressed. I like my puddings to be sweet and this was just weird to my taste buds but this was the only thing I didn’t like out of them all. The lemon tart was delicious and not too bitter, the chocolate Ltea brownies were wonderfully gooey under the layer of icing and the mini red velvet cake was to die for. Some of the best red velvet cake I’ve tasted and I wish I had saved it til last! We left feeling rather stuffed and went for a wander to burn off some of the calories we had just consumed.
The staff at Liberty were all very attentive without being overbearing and they couldn’t have been more nicer. While obviously my afternoon tea was free due to having won it as part of a competition this stand would usually set you back £18.95 for one or £35.95 for two which seems to be a fairly reasonable price for afternoon tea in London but not somewhere you’d venture every Saturday.