The first time I visited Muriel’s Kitchen was on one of my first dates with BC in 2012. It was a freezing cold February (or early March) night and we were en route to the Natural History Museum to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition (cool date, no?) and the candle lit tables, hearty food and cosy ambience at Muriel’s was the perfect antedote to the wintry weather outside (and it was quite romantic).
Fast forward four years and this time I had a date with two of my lovely friends – Laura and Asha – to visit the newest member of the Muriel’s Kitchen family – a much larger site compared to the original South Kensington spot – on Old Compton Street in Soho.
We were here predominantly to try the afternoon tea. And as Asha and Laura both work normal office hours (and we often meet up on Tuesdays), we decided to throw away the afternoon tea bit and go for erm, evening tea.
I was a little bit hesitant at first. All that sugar in the evening is not the best idea for me if I want a good night’s sleep. And being early January (and a month away from wedding dress time) I wasn’t sure I should be indulging.
So I went with all good intentions to order from their lovely British home-cooked menu of soups and salads…
But of course I buckled when I saw the afternoon tea menu. Laura and Asha already had a bottle of fizz opened too. So there was no talk of dry January here.
Oh okayyyy, you’ve twisted my arm. (It didn’t take much).
The cafe itself is absolutely lovely – all shabby chic olive green hues with natural wood, lovely nik-naks and the highlight (wait for it), the most amazing swinging chairs which we had reserved for we three ladies.
How. Cool. Are. They?
Suprisingly, they were so comfortable to sit on and we got a lot of attention from other diners who all looked like they wanted a go (I suggest booking ahead and asking for this table to avoid missing out!)
The afternoon tea itself is served on a cute mini picnic bench and serves two. There’s a selection of around 10 different teas (I had jasmine) and the tea also comes with a berrylicious smoothie (one between two, I think).
The finger sandwiches were the best part for me, with the smoked salmon being the most flavoursome. We also had Wiltshire ham and cheddar with pickle, egg mayonnaise with watercress and cream cheese and cucumber. All were presented beautifully on the top tier of the ‘bench’ on wooden skewers and went down very well indeed.
Now onto the naughty bit.
Cake-wise, between two people, you are served a lemon meringue pie, carrot loaf, banoffee pie in a jar and a brownie.
I have to admit, I didn’t try the LMP or the carrot loaf (I was trying to be half good). But I did try the brownie which wasn’t as gooey as I’d hoped but was laced with caramel which was delicious. I did delve into the banoffee for a little try and it was ridiculously indulgent. This alone would be quite a treat for most people.
The best bit about afternoon tea in my opinion, is the scones. So it was a little bit disappointing that ours were a tad dry and not warm. The jam and cream helped. Perhaps if we had actually been conforming to the rules and visiting during the afternoon, maybe they’d have been fresher, I don’t know.
That said, this was a fine spread of treats that I think most afternoon tea goers will be quite happy with. For a fairly reasonable £31.50 for two people in such a gorgeous setting, Muriel’s Kitchen is quite a find and it was good to be back – this time with the other loves of my life – my wonderful friends.
Until next time x
Oh So London was a guest of Muriel’s Kitchen as part of this review. All views expressed here are my own. For more information, follow them on twitter @Murielskitchen, Facebook, instagram and visit their website Murielskitchen.co.uk.