The next treat is more of a ritual rather than a dish in its own right: it's the afternoon tea, otherwise called cream tea. Some hotels and cafes (but also buses and boats!) provide the experience which can feel less of the bargain portrayed at the time of purchase and often just an insanely overpriced snack. It is indeed a ritual and the price is justified with the perceived pomposity and regality of the event: an inviting three-tiered tray of elegant savoury and sweet nibbles towers over a scolding chubby teapot of another colonies-era famous export, tea.
Enjoy the savoury finger sandwiches with butter, salmon or pickles, the buttery scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and the other scrumptuous pastries and creamy desserts on offer. Whether you feel like a royal or like a character from Alice in Wonderland, play the part: indulge in the sumptuous banquet with the noble composure of a 19th century British aristocrat or … keep switching seats like the Mad Hatter!
Where? At English Tea Room At Brown's Hotel, 33 Albemarle St or Sketch, 9 Conduit St
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