Afternoon Tea and Fun for Me Part 1: Bake-A-Boo, West Hampstead

8 Aug

If you think about all the things that are quintessentially British, what comes to mind? The Queen and her corgis, rain, queuing, and afternoon tea. There is something so English about a selection of teas, different pits and china cups, and milk and two sugars. And I love it.

With an American friend on an extended visit and a love of afternoon tea and scones, I decided her visit wouldn’t be complete without a perusal of at least one tea room, so I began some research.

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Photo via Elle, who is much better at taking a photo than me!

I found Bake-A-Boo. Being diabetic, its rare that I find a tea room that offers a diabetic option, so my interest was piqued. They also had the bonus of offering a gluten-free option that still included the finger sandwiches and scones, so this was destined to be the first on the list.

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Dont get me wrong; West Hampstead is a bit of a pain to get to, and to visit the cafe you have to book in advance and pay half the balance by bank transfer as way of deposit, which doesn’t make the experience overly easy, although that didn’t stop us at all!

We arrived, and browsed the list of at least fifteen teas! Elle was in her element, but I stuck for the old faithful, Earl Grey. Never far from a cup of my slightly perfumed favourite. The spreads then arrived; finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cupcakes and brownies.

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We weren’t disappointed. The scones were light and the cupcakes delicious, and we had to box up a lot of the food and take it home. The fun was added to by the fact that there was a very civilised hen party going on and they seemed to be having such a lot of fun that it gave me the warm and fuzzies.

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My thoughts? It’s not easy that you have to pay half in advance, and in comparison to other afternoon teas I have had its on the higher price end for what you get, but it was such a lovely experience that I would definitely revisit. Well played, Bake-A-Boo!

Bake-A-Boo | 86 Mill Lane | West Hampstead | London | NW6 1NL

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4 Responses to “Afternoon Tea and Fun for Me Part 1: Bake-A-Boo, West Hampstead”

  1. prenin August 8, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    When I still had my motorcycle I used to go visit my mum in Worsley and on the way back I’d stop off at a tea room there! :)

    One day I was sat next two old ladies who were carefully counting their money to make sure they could afford their scones, jam and clotted cream.

    As I left I paid for them and myself and told the staff to tell them when they left! :)

    Needless to say I was very popular thereafter!!! :)

    Love and hugs! :)

    Prenin.

  2. Tanja August 8, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    hi, I had a wonderful afternoon tea last summer in London, it was at Sofitel London St James; a bit expensive but so lovely

  3. joeyfullystated August 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    I’m terribly hungry now. Wonderful post!

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