[dropcap]I[/dropcap] haven’t been feeling myself, of late. I seem to be constantly a little bit unwell. Not unwell enough for it to actually impact my life in any great way, but enough for me to just feel constantly down and tired and just a tad off. In light of this, and a little thing called my birthday, Ollie and I decided we needed a proper afternoon tea. We chose Cutter & Squidge, on Brewer Street, Soho.
These Soho bakery places seem to be going through a little Renaissance at the moment, don’t they? My instagram feed seems to be constantly full of cake behind cute glass and kitsch cupcakes, and my own insta definitely hasn’t helped the sitch. At the moment, as you can see in my sidebar over there, I’m all about cake too.
Man, can you imagine what it’s going to be like when I get back up to Durham next week? Cake everywhere. Everywhere. Forever.
Anyway, Ollie and I ended up here on a humid Friday afternoon having not eaten all day to really make the most of our Signature Afternoon Tea, priced at £27.50 a head. Pricey, but as it was a bit of a birthday treat we waved it off. He’s going to be a fancy lawyer and my overdraft can take a small hit two weeks before my loan is due, right? I’d probably spend the same on snacks in Tesco for a boring night in so whatever.
Why am I even justifying myself to you? Lolol.
The Signature Afternoon tea consists of a nice hot drink each (a chai and an English breakfast for us), a savoury ‘course’ and a sweet ‘course’ – although obviously everything is served together. It’s afternoon tea, not afternoon ‘let’s eat a normal meal made out of tiny things at a weird hour in the day’. Instead of being served on a tea stand, as is the usual way, Cutter & Squidge serve their little bits of heaven in traditional style steamer baskets. Y’know the sort that dim sum comes in? Pretty cool idea, to be honest.
The savoury section consists of the classic finger sandwiches, some incredible tomato cracker sandwiches and some excellent sweetcorn scones. All were superb. The tomato biscuits would keep me happy for weeks if they were all I had to eat. Delicious. On the side were also served some ‘cheese clouds’ which were essentially a few bloody light and airy cheese scones. They were insane. If you’re a cheesy bite fan then it’s worth ordering the tea just for them.
The sweet tray is something pretty damn extra. All sorts of amazing cakes and biscuits and marshmallows and everything a gal could want from an afternoon tea in Soho. You can find the full (sample) menu on their website, here. My absolute favourites had to be the dairy free macaron, with an incredible passionfruit jam in the centre, and the raspberry and passionfruit Biskie (those things up there^). In the centre of the biscuit sandwich was a cute little white chocolate pearl that, when bit open, was full of the most amazing passionfruit sauce known t man. It was amazing. I’d go back just to eat thousands of them (and the tomato crackers…).
Ollie has a little bit of an afternoon tea tactic. He’s a lot better at them than me. For some reason he’s been exposed to them far more often than I have. Anyway, his winning tactic is to start savoury, head to sweet, then finish on savoury again. That way you don’t get that awful ‘now I need to go scrape the sugar off my tongue’ feeling that you get after a very sweet dessert. It’s a winning formula, especially when I just couldn’t even think about eating that great tower of lemon layer cake, pictured below.
I’m not a lemon cake fan. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry. I just don’t really like it and that’s that. Go back to your knitting.
Overall, we had a really lovely time. It was easy to find, pretty to photo, and excellent to eat. The staff were all exceptional and willing to do anything and everything to make sure that we had a nice time in their café and I really appreciate that. They also didn’t even flinch when I started taking snaps and that was cool too. Mad respect to them and the wonderful environment they’ve created.
At £28 or so a head, I probably won’t be going back for the Afternoon Tea – especially as we couldn’t even finish it – but I’ll definitely head back for a slice of cake, a cup of tea, or one of their amazing biskie creations. I’m going to sit on the cool corner window bench, bring my laptop and a bit of blog work, and watch the world go by as my cake disappears.
If you’re ever looking for me in London, you’ll know where to find me.