I have been vegan for some time but I hadn't been aware of this vegetarian pub. It's exciting to be invited to pass behind the busy bar, up some steps and find yourself in a lovely high-ceilinged room festooned with pictures of Private Eye journalists and welcomed by smiling waiters in aprons. Teashop by day, restaurant by night, there's a relaxed, convivial ambience and a mixed clientele. My other half – not vegan – started with a raw lasagne with wafer thin beetroot which was very nicely flavoured – he said it compared very well to similar non-vegan dishes. His main course was a falafel burger main which he said showed the posh burger joints which serve up portobello mushrooms and call them ‘burgers’ how it should really be done. I didn't have a starter but I jumped on the tofush and chips as a main. As a vegan I hardly have battered anything, let alone anything like fish. This was a crispy package of tofu wrapped in a thin, gently aromatic seaweed, and I absolutely loved it. There was a big wedge of lemon to squeeze over the peas and chips, and best of all was the sauce, delicate creamy dill. I really savoured this dish – I don't know anywhere else that sells it. Then for dessert I chose a chocolate orange mousse. This came in a preserving jar filled half way with marinated pieces of orange, then a generous helping of mousse topped with strawberries and mint. It was lovely. We also had a good bottle of Argentinian red. We liked this place immensely and we're going back soon. I do recommend booking.
Soho's Secret Tea Room
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Aug 16 2011
It’s all about vintage styling in this ‘secret’ (but clearly signposted from outside) venue above the Coach & Horses pub in Soho. Decked out like a retro tearoom and complete with fine bone china and a crackling soundtrack via a gramophone, the venue is serene retreat from the Soho bustle below.
The charm is in the styling and ambience rather the afternoon tea itself. Here, quality loose leaf teas are served with sandwiches, hard-baked scones a slice of sponge and a cupcake. While some of the cakes suffered from sogginess, the cupcakes were too dry, most of their flavour achieved through a thick layer of moussey frosting. It’s a shame, because taking tea here is a jolly experience, and not at all bad value at £14.50.
Soho's Secret Tea Room 29 Greek St
- Venue phone:
020 7437 5920
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Afternoon tea noon-6pm daily
Tube: Leicester Square tube
Afternoon tea £17.50 per head
Soho's Secret Tea Room
- 29 Greek St
- 020 7437 5920
- 29 Greek St
- Soho's Secret Tea Room
Average User Rating
3.1 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:6
My sister and I found this little gem a few years ago and apart from going in ourselves, have introduced it to several of our friends. The staff are generally friendly and attentive, some dress in authentic 50's wear to fit in with the feeling of the place. You will be hard pressed to find a cup, saucer or plate that matches which is quite quaint and you always stand a chance of sitting next to someone famous, Jarvis Cocker in my case. Two drawbacks of late tho...the old embroidered tableclothes have been replaced by paper ones and the lovely old record player has been replaced by a CD player, both these changes have spoilt the 'period' feel of the place, although I'm assured by staff that both are temporary.
APPALLING Horrendous service, dirty tea set, surly slow staff. Escaped before they took our order as we were waiting for 20 mins for them to do so. Looking at other peoples food we were also less than impressed. The entire place was filthy. Pretty miffed that we only went because we saw the (positive) review on timeout.
Dreadful from the dingy pub entrance we climbed up filthy stairs to be seated at a table with a very dirty tablecloth. We made our excuses and left pronto, feeling we'd had a lucky escape!
I have been to a lot of tearooms but this is my favorite. The food was great and the service was fantastic. The desserts were awesome! Thanks for making our trip to London so special and memorable.
Lovely room but that's about it. It's a real shame because it could be a really fantastic place. oh and the service - Appalling!!!
I thought it would be nice to take my mum for her birthday but we did not enjoy our afternoon tea experience here. First of all you have to go into a dingy pub (Coach & Horses), and ask the bar staff what to do. They then let you in behind the bar and up some narrow stairs, (not the greatest first impression) which leads to the tea room. When you get up to the tea room it's quite a pleasant surprise with it's quaint old English decor. But then on closer inspection we had wrinkled tablecloths that were also stained quite badly, and cracked tea cups. I actually felt quite embarrassed that I had brought my mother there. The staff were friendly though and dressed to impress in old fashioned attire. We had the full afternoon tea priced £17.50. The sandwiches were very basic, plain cucumber, egg & cress, or smoked salmon & cream cheese, on bog standard bread. The scones with clotted cream and jam were delicious. The fairy cakes were very boring and dry and seemed like they were out of a packet. The other cakes left A LOT to be desired. They had a good selection of teas but you had to pay extra for anything that wasn't English Breakfast. 12.5% service is added to the bill. All in all I would not go back here again. I didn't think it was worth the money and it wasn't special enough for a birthday, I wish I had paid a little more and gone to a hotel.
Loved this place! Great fruit scones, generous with the clotted cream and homemade jam, attentive service and a really cosy comfortable feel. An hour in here feels like a welcome escape from the madness of central London. Good value too.
Make sure you book your afternoon tea at least one month in advance because they check emails every two days. very disappointed because I was trying to have a vegan afternoon tea with my family coming from Italy but I never got a final reply to confirm the booking and when I got there they could only serve me "vegan bread" as a vegan option. Thanks but I can find vegan bread anywhere and much cheaper than 17.50!
Me and my sister visited the Secret Tearoom on the off chance as we saw it being advertised on a French TV, and were visiting London. We hadn’t booked but they still gave us a table for 2 by the window. We had a Cream Tea each, which were scones with cream and Jam and a pot of tea. The staffs were very nice about fitting us in and the food was delicious. It was even nicer then the TV show had advertised. We didn’t stay long as we had things to do but very happy we had the chance to pop on and take some photos to show everyone back in France.
Wonderful tea room. For me the best in London and visit couple of times a month when in Soho. Their homemade cakes and scones are fabulous and the staff are really cool. Absolute nonsense about beer smells wafting up from downstairs!! As with serving burnt scones I have never had a problem. Love it!!
Great place! I come hear on and off for the last year. Never had a problem. Love the tea, the style, the staff and the cakes. Scones are home made and and for me spot on. As for smell of beer that is nonsense!
Nice place, except the smell of beer wafting up from below was a bit off-putting. The quality of the food, though, was poor. My scone was not only rock hard (inedible) but also actually burnt black on one side - any decent place would have thrown that one away, not served it. The blackcurrant jam was too sour. The rest was just about OK but not one item of the full tea was actually what I'd call good. Service was pleasant, though. Probably won't bother going back.
Had a terrible experience with them, we booked a private party with them and two weeks before (just before Christmas) they pull out because they got a better offer of a larger party! The place looks great, but I can't believe a company would be so unprofessional.
I'm really surprised by the bad reviews. This place has a sense of fun about it and the afternoon tea is a steal for £14.50 in central London (even more so if, like us, the charming staff let you share a standard afternoon tea between two). We went as a group of six, as an alternative hen do, and were brilliantly well looked after. Sometimes old school is good and we liked the no-frills (but tasty) sandwiches, and the cakes, which included a decent lemon drizzle cake. If you want fancy bread, fussy fillings or biscuits shaped like handbags there are plenty of other places that can offer those in London... usually at an extortionate price. Our main worry was that the retro thing would be a bit twee but it wasn't, just a tongue-in-cheek nod in that direction. All in all it was fab.
My friend I went to the tearoom today with some trepidations after reading a couple of rather negative reviews. Well, we loved it! The room was like a step back in time. The waitress was lovely and we thought it was great value for money. We chose the afternoon tea which comprised a pot of tea each, a selection of sandwiches (smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber and egg and cress) with the crusts off. A delicious, light, warm fruit scone with a little pots of clotted cream and jam, a slice of cake (choice was fruit, Victoria sandwich, chocolate or carrot) and a cup cake (lemon, vanilla or chocolate). Whilst maybe not a traditional afternoon tea cake selection the cakes were nice and fresh. A very pleasant few hours to chat and relax whilst the hustle and bustle of London continued outside. Well worth £14.50 each plus service.
I went to the tearoom with my mum the other weekend as she was visiting London and loved it. Everything was so vintage and sweet and i thought the selection of cakes were great. My mum said it was like walking back in time, we had a lovely chat with one of the staff members too about the history of the place and we thought she was very friendly.
Really awful, seemingly the people running it care little for food but rather focus totally on retro appeal. The sandwiches were appalling and made out of bog standard plastic bread, the small slice of cake which cost £3.50 tasted solely of almond essence, the cupcakes looked like a four year old had made them and who eats cupcakes as part of a proper afternoon tea anyway? Bad times.
Reluctant one star for what is the worst scone either of us had ever eaten. So many things wrong here - cake in the fridge going soggy, stale premade crustless sandwiches, school bake sale cupcakes. Only plus points were a decent cup of tea oand a lovely room - the effect slightly marred by inept service though.