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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

miss b loves.......afternoon tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury


                

Whilst in London for the Olympics we visited a few coffee shops on my must-try list.  I had read about Bea's of Bloomsbury in Great Cake Places London 2012(you can read my review of this lovely book here) and we decided to try the Afternoon Tea at the branch next to St Paul's Cathedral.



There's a modern twist on the traditional English afternoon tea (no cucumber sandwiches here!) ........

We started with mini baguettes - two varieties.......feta cheese and salami. Deliciously fresh and bursting with flavour. 


I love the quirky tiered cake stand.........and the wonderful selection of sweet treats...


There were of course scones with clotted cream and jam.....


but also American-influenced cupcakes and brownies....classic brownies, killer brownies(!), Belgian blondies, passion fruit marshmallows.....


......mini meringues topped with raspberry, vanilla cupcakes with passion fruit frosting and double chocolate cupcakes......


My favourite? Definitely the heavenly passion fruit vanilla cupcake....



and the passion fruit marshmallow...and the killer brownie!! There's also a great selection of teas from the Jing Tea Company and the décor is so stylish with gorgeous fabrics.....



.........pretty paper flowers hanging from the ceiling.....


 and my favourite design detail........teapot lights!


The description on the website sums up Bea's perfectly: 'it's our interpretation of a modern tearoom.' The staff are so friendly, professional  and attentive yet there's a relaxed, informal atmosphere. 

I'm sure you are wondering how we managed to eat so many cakes and sandwiches (or were you just thinking how greedy we are?).......Well, in spite of our very best efforts, we didn't quite finish all the cakes but they were soon boxed for us to take home and enjoy later...

miss b recommends;
  • booking afternoon tea in advance on-line

65 comments:

  1. OOh I love afternoon tea! I am so hungry now:) The teapot lights are too cute:) Hope you are having a great week!
    ~Anne

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  2. I am a big fan of afternoon teas, whenever in London it is a must do for me. I am definitely going to Bea's! All look delicious, I love passionfruit goodies so much : )

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  3. I love the idea of afternoon tea! What a great place and I definitely would've had a ton of those brownies!

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  4. Love afternoon tea! Looks delicious :)

    Abbey x

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  5. Lovely and delicious pics!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. Yummy Miss B! I would add this to my list of food places to visit in London!

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  7. Lovely post, this seems like a nice place to visit (and eat all those gorgeous stuff)...I am just backing a cake so I'll survive your fabulous post! :)

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  8. Everything looks so scrumptious! Now I have a craving for a scone with clotted cream and raspberry jam :)

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  9. We don't have any tea traditions in Luxembourg. I can't wait to travel to London and enjoy a session!

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  10. total food porn right here, yum!!!!!!! xO!
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  11. Now I'm craving cupcakes! .. and the feta with the salami sounds delicious! We have a couple tea houses near by that are fun to visit on special occasion. I like the fact that there are NO tea sandwiches. The food looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

    leslie

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    1. Yes I liked the way it was a little different from many traditional English afternoon teas.

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  12. Afternoon tea is one of my favorite things about visiting the UK! Although the last time I was in London, we loved the tea at our hotel - Number 16 - so much we never went anywhere else. I'll definitely have to put Bea's on my list for next time.

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  13. Oh my lawd!!! I think I just tried to lick the computer screen miss b. You KNOW this is right up my alley????!!!! HAHAHAHA I remember when you told us about that book. SO glad you got there. If I would've gone, they never would've gotten rid of me. The food, tea and decor ALL looks exquisitely delicious! BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for sharing this!
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    1. Glad you liked the post, Kim. Bea's has been on my list for a while and it was as wonderful as I expected!

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  14. Yum yummy, I had an afternoon tea at Harrods :)))

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  15. What a delicious post! Pass me some sweets please. :)

    Jennifer

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  16. what a delicious afternoon tea...love the cake stand too! xv

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    1. I thought the cake stand was so cute all part of the attention to detail at Bea's.

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  18. this looks lovely, and those baked treats are making me hungry!!
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  19. I'm now craving an English afternoon tea, I need to remember this place as it looks gorgeous!

    Luxx Mint

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  20. what a fun and different kind of tea room! I love that cake stand! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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    1. I really would like one of those fun cake stands.

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  21. Wow...I love that!!!! And I really have to visit this place next time I'm in London. Thanks for your GREAT tip!!!!! Have a lovely day!

    Kristin

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  22. I'm your newest follower!!!!! :)

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  23. Oh my gosh, I don't know where to begin. Everything looks so delicious. The baguettes are what we are making for Nel's shower on Saturday. The brownies look so good, and especially the scone with the cream and jam. And those teapot lights, I want one of those! That is the cutest cake stand I've ever seen. I love little coffee shops too.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. I'm always on the look-out for new coffee shops!

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  24. look amazing!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  25. This would not be great for my diet but good for my taste buds!!! YUMMMMMM!!!

    Great post!!!

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  26. i LOVE afternoon tea. This looks divine!

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    1. Thanks Rose for following - I'll pop over to your blog soon.

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  28. Hi dear!
    I'm just here first, I love your blog, it's very interesting for me!
    I'm now your newest follower!
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    Have a nice day!
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  30. I have never, ever had afternoon tea. If it is what these pictures are about, I am missing a lot!!!

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  31. Looks like a scrumptious selection! I am longing to visit London again soon.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! xx

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  32. That looks like a phenomenal tea service, so many yummy treats! The teapot lights are adorable too!

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  33. It sounds wonderful and so civilized...love having afternoon tea and a double chocolate cupcake...heavenly!

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  34. I love tea houses. Love the tea pot lamp shades.
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  35. great pictures, i'd like to eat a cupcake right now ^^

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  36. omg what delicious!!


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  37. The pictures alone had me just about ready to lick the screen! And you didn't finish everything! That's because wasn't there!, hehe;)

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  38. Just came across your blog and I absolutely love it! :)

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  39. Yum this food looks amazing!! Have a great week!
    xo
    Sharon

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  40. Love your posts always!
    Thank you for sharing ..
    Have a great day!
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  41. Wow, the afternoon tea looks delicious! I'm going to have to make a stop here when I'm in London! xx

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  42. ah, lovely treats there in the photo.. yum!

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  43. Loving that gorgeous white legs in the air!

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  44. What a lovely post .....
    This looks delicious!

    Happy day!!
    xoxo

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  45. That looks AMAZING!! i love coming here and seeing all the fun things you do!
    Stacy

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  46. nom nom nom! everything looks fab! :D sooo english!

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    well, isle of view back!"

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  47. It's so nice to see Bea's here. I recently went there but was overtly impressed. I will review it on the blog. Loved the tea pot lights as well - very unique!

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  48. Oh what a BEAUTIFUL place this looks! I think afternoon tea is my favourite thing to do and when I win the lottery(!) I will do it every day and probably become very chubby in the process?!!! ;D xx

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  49. oh yum yum!! what a beautiful place^^ love all the things you took!! my pleasure dear, you too thank you! happy week!

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  50. i have to go and try this place - i like the mix of traditional foods and cupcakes and other cakes - thanks for the share!

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