Bea's of Bloomsbury - Marylebone

Restaurants, Cafés Marylebone
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The latest café in Bea’s baking empire.

This new branch of Bea’s must be one of the most picture-perfect cake shops around. Its pastel interior has a bit of Wes Anderson about it, with a touch of Sketch thrown in – think pale pink leather banquettes and a subtle sprinkling of kitsch in the form of dangling gold teacup lampshades. Thankfully, the cakes served here live up to the scrummy decor – and we’d expect nothing less of Bea’s (who’ve dropped the ‘of Bloomsbury’ bit as they’ve expanded), now on their fourth eat-in location. 

After much umming and ahhing at the counter – which was all handled with grace by the cheery staff – we opted for a piece of lemon meringue cheesecake and a duffin. The cake hybrid thing may be getting a bit old now, but the latter, a very generously portioned cross between a doughnut and a muffin, wasn’t much like either. Rather, it was a very delicious, jam-filled sponge; light, sweet and livened up by warming spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The cheesecake tasted as good as it looked, and wasn’t too sugary, maintaining a good zing from the fresh lemons and a buttery base that Mary Berry would approve of. Also on offer were a solid range of ‘free from’ options, including vegan cupcakes, and Bea’s famous afternoon teas (which need to be ordered in advance).

In the interests of a balanced review, we ordered a tricolore salad, too – while fresh, it could have done with a good glug of olive oil and a bit of seasoning. But let’s face it, you don’t come to Bea’s for a salad; you come for fantastic cake in beautiful surroundings, and that’s what you’ll find here. Get your greens elsewhere.

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Bea's of Bloomsbury - Marylebone says
Our Marylebone shop is a great location for us and a lovely space in which we are excited to showcase our old favourites alongside some newly created cakes and savoury dishes, light, cosy interiors. Peruse at your leisure on our website and in store our wedding cakes, sample some of the latest dishes we have on offer, take a break for a treat in the beautiful dining room, or enjoy our scrumptious revamped afternoon tea. At the dedicated coffee bar, you can grab a cup to go or stay awhile and simply watch the world go by. Come by – we would love to welcome you soon. Bea’s x
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Venue name: Bea's of Bloomsbury - Marylebone
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Address: 27a Devonshire Street
London
W1G 6PN
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-6pm Mon-Fri; 8am-6pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Baker Street
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e started with the savoury parts of the Afternoon Tea – sandwiches – which are all served on mini brioche. Although incredibly aesthetically pleasing, we did find that some of these lacked that touch of magic you expect from Afternoon Tea.


The pistachio Parma ham was perfectly pleasant, but the honey and fig relish was disappointing – especially for someone who adores that sticky sweetness that normally comes from a fig relish. However, the toasted walnuts with cream fraiche stole the sandwich show – the perfect amount of delicately smoked salmon, I’d go back for that every time.


The main downside we found with the savoury dishes, sadly, was the brioche bun. The thickness wasn’t well balanced with the sandwich toppings, leaving a slight dryness in the mouth. This was made slightly more disappointing when we were served some sandwiches on rye bread instead, which were a vast improvement.


However, then came the cupcakes which absolutely won us over. The chocolate espresso cupcake had a real caffeine kick, which was a delight to eat.


The lemon vanilla had a great balance of sweetness vs tangy lemon, and the strawberry vanilla wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, which was a concern. It tasted real, unlike some strawberry flavoured cupcakes that can give off an artificial flavour.


Finally, my absolute favourite and as far as I am concerned the pièces de résistance, the red velvet cupcake. A perfectly moist cocoa vanilla sponge topped with a light mascarpone cream cheese frosting to create a smooth, velvety cupcake. Delicious.


Overall, I would say the cakes are unsurprisingly the best part of Bea’s Cake Boutique, with the sandwiches slightly lagging behind.