‘Theres nothing a cup of tea wont solve…’ a wise man once said ‘…and if a tea wont fix it perhaps try something stronger’ – ok, I added the last bit on but it rings so true you’d think it was the full archaic expression that has basically formed the foundations of London’s drinking culture.
Revolutionising the weightings in a standard afternoon tea, The London Edition’s Punch Room have pulled together an afternoon tea aptly named ‘Scandal Water’, which is 1 part snackette, 1 part refined tea and 2 parts booze – perfect for Friday or Saturday afternoon – if you ask us.
Set in the sumptuous oak panelled Punch Room this tea is far from the doily lined and clotted cream smeared experiences you may have had in the past.
“Scandal Water” is named after a 19th Century slang phrase for tea time, where the upper echelons of London Society would fill their afternoon hours with outrageous gossip.
Tee-ing off the big V-day weekend we were able to try the Scandal Water afternoon tea menu for ourselves.
We were able to choose x3 teas which came with a food paring and a cocktail paring, all of which were put together by Henrietta Lovell, the founder of the acclaimed Rare Tea Co (the teas used throughout the menu) and Phil Carmichael, Executive Chef at Berners Tavern.
The Teas were graded from light to heavy and these dictated the order of proceedings. We started with a Japanese Sencha Tea which came with a miso cured Salmon with Caviar and a English Milk Punch (which was actually very delicious and not white). In the interim we were treated to a plate of buttery English muffins; which are said to have been invented to perfectly balance the delicate flavour of the expensive and hard-to-obtain tea. Up next was a calming camomile tea, with a lincolnshire poacher shortbread topped with seasoned whipped cream cheese and dusted with chamomile tea power all washed down with a smoky mezcal based punch called “closer to god’. Then for the heaviest tea, the Earl Grey which came with a shortbread topped with Earl Grey butter cream and finished with the Teddy Hook Punch which was a heady combo of Martini Gran Lusso, Grappa, lemon, Earl Grey tea, basil water and sugar.
A most scandalous reconfiguration of a meal which has been so out of date for so long, Scandal Water at The Punch Room will ensure gossip, laughs and high sprits all before supper time.
Scandal Water is available every Friday and Saturday with seatings between 3PM and 4PM at £35 for the choice of three pairings, with the room transforming into the Punch Room at 5pm.
For table reservations please call 020 7908 7949 or email email@example.com