Ann’s indignation is easy to understand but hard to agree with. Sure, Christianity is much-mocked and plenty of the satire is both gratuitous and lazy. But what Widdy fails to accept is that, as Steve Punt puts it, ‘The comedy itself is a reply.’ For years, Christianity set the British agenda. Much of the humour is simply an acknowledgement of how much has changed. Oh, and she fails to mention ‘Father Ted’, an unforgiveable ommission from the point of view of both entertainment and analysis.
Bea's of Bloomsbury - St Pauls
Following the success of its Bloomsbury operation, Bea’s has opened a slip, or strip, of an outlet in the City’s New Change shopping centre. Order from the counter in the corridor-sized room and head upstairs to a similar space just wide enough for a length of banquette seating covered in devoré velvet in jewel-like colours of turquoise, pink and gold. The end table offers a glimpse of St Paul’s, and industrial-looking exposed air-conditioning is softened by quirky coffeepot and teapot light fittings. Early birds can enjoy excellent fruit salads, sourdough toast and croissants; for lunch, there are filled toasties; and the counter of cakes, meringues and cupcakes baked by the four chefs at the Bloomsbury kitchen make for sweet accompaniments to a long list of teas and coffees. A handy place for a swift meeting, Bea’s also offers afternoon tea for £17. If you can’t leave the office, order a box of six cupcakes for £15, but to celebrate that multimillion-pound merger, it has to be the champagne tea at £24.50.
Venue says: “Enjoy 20% off our 'Full Afternoon Tea' until 30th April when booked online! https://www.beas.london”