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Fortnum & Mason Tea Salon

Restaurants, Tea rooms King's Cross
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The King’s Cross area is scrubbing up nicely –  so nicely that you need to look hard to find a discarded cardboard cup of builder’s tea. With the opening of this little outpost of a royalty-endorsed tea room inside St Pancras station, the gentrification is being buffed to a shine. Signature loose leaf teas, posh preserves and hamper goodies make a fetching display in the international terminal’s gift shop, while the café – a crown jewel of refined light bites – is the perfect setting in which to put the world to rights over the clink of fine china.


The all-day menu offers more promise of Anglo-French collaboration than the EU, with dishes including crumpets, coq au vin and fish pie. The ‘catch of the day’ was a big helping of coarsely flaked Dorset crabmeat cloaked in lemony mayonnaise, piled high over crisp lettuce and toast – a first-rate English seaside special. In contrast, our scotch egg contained overcooked egg and underseasoned sausagemeat, and was better suited to Nigel Farage’s school lunchbox than a dainty salon’s plate. Tally ho, though, for its accompaniment of sweetly spiced and lightly curried coronation mayonnaise.


The afternoon tea, although pricey, is a classic celebration, comprising warm scones, clotted cream, Victoria sponge and a brilliant range of pastries and renowned teas. Alongside the famed F&M blends are single-estate brews. A second-flush Jungpana Darjeeling transported us from the concourse of St Pancras to the parsley-green cricket pitches of the shires. Jungpana’s a fabulous tea from a tiny Indian estate, and the floral flavour makes a jolly good match with cucumber sandwiches. If Farage and Clegg were to have their in-out debates over a pot of this stuff, we’d undoubtedly have the European question agreed before second pour.

By: Roopa Gulati

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Venue name: Fortnum & Mason Tea Salon
Contact:
Address: Unit 1A
St Pancras International Station
Pancras Road
London
N1C 4QP
Opening hours: Open 7am-9pm Mon-Sat; 8am-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube/Rail: King's Cross
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Very nice. Very expensive. I would have to say though, that nothing was extraordinary. Everything was nicely done, and presented nicely. Nothing bad, but nothing wonderful either. Service is great, the room is a bit corporate. The tea sandwiches are lovely, but again nothing that made me have to come back anytime soon. The teas are nice as well. It is worth a visit, but I don't think I will be back. I want to be wowed if I am paying this much for afternoon tea.

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