The original Bea’s of Bloomsbury will always hold a special place in my heart; just a few steps from my old office, I spent many an afternoon gossiping with colleagues over a cup of tea and a slice of their red velvet and never did a birthday go by without a dozen cupcakes ferried over to the office. But Bea’s have just opened their 5th site in Marylebone and I have to say, they’ve excelled themselves here. The café is beautiful – with sugar-sweet pastel décor, it’s an amalgamation of an upmarket French boutique bakery and an American diner.
What could be better than a Bea’s cake and a cup of tea in their lovely café? Lots of Bea’s cakes, plus scones, plus sandwiches. We were there to sample their afternoon tea which was presented on a traditional three tier tower, filled with freshly baked goods.
We started with the sandwiches and rather than the traditional egg and cress filled rectangles usually served with afternoon tea, we instead had delicious brioche rounds piled with a range of fillings; goat’s cheese and beetroot, smoked salmon and cream cheese, parma ham and mascarpone and avocado and spiced yoghurt. It made a nice change from the usual flavours we see and I loved the light brioche cups holding the fillings. Next on to the scones: they were extremely buttery and crumbly and served warm with cream and jam – the perfect afternoon tea middle course. Alongside this, I had a fragrant vanilla tea, which was a light and refreshing accompaniment.
Bea’s cupcakes have become somewhat infamous in London and with good reason. They come in a variety of tempting flavours and their super light and fluffy sponge is always topped with a generous swirl of buttery icing. They have the classic red velvet, oreo, vanilla and dark chocolate. The cupcakes are often adorned with fruity icing such as passionfruit or mango and finished off with fresh berries. They have mastered the perfect cupcake and it took the afternoon tea to another level.
As if this wasn’t enough we were also treated to macaroons, meringues, marshmallows and bite size pieces of their varying brownies. These were out of this world – a rich chocolate brownie, a blondie and a lemon and raspberry brownie. The small chunks were enough to satisfy the sweetest of teeth – they were rich, moist and packed with chocolaty flavour.
Tea at Bea’s is a must. Whether it’s a special occasion or even just an excuse to catch up with a friend, you will not regret a visit there. Go, indulge, enjoy and book a spin class for the following morning!
Afternoon Tea at Bea’s starts at £26.50
Bea’s at Marylebone
27A Devonshire Street
London , W1G 6PN