22 October 2014

Tipsy Tea @ Mr Fogg's

Like most sane people, I love afternoon tea. As featured on Cocktails & Caroline, I've sampled several London afternoon tea offerings over the past couple of years and there have been all sorts; classic ones, trendy ones, 24-carat gold ones and the downright confusing.

I'd been eyeing up Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea for some time. Listed in My Favourites as one of my top cocktail bars, the quirky speakeasy den is hidden away down a little road off New Bond Street. It's been a while since my first visit and I was keen to return. When my good friend Angela suggested that our next get-together should involve a good movie then afternoon tea (with a few cocktails thrown in for good measure) I knew exactly where to book.

I'm a member of the Everyman cinemas so we decided to begin our day at their new venue in Selfridges. You'll find the cinema on the lower ground floor, right next to a nice little restaurant and wine bar called Harry Gordon's. The perfect spot for a pre-movie snack and glass of bubbles!

Yes, I had smoked salmon - again! I'm going to turn into a slimy salmon at this rate...

We saw a film called The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. It had mixed reviews so I went in with quite low expectations but ended up really enjoying it. It's not a courtroom drama as I'd feared but instead an easy-to-watch and moving story about love and family. We both liked it. 

Afterwards it was off to Mr Fogg's for cocktails and cakes!

We'd booked our table for their latest possible afternoon tea slot (4.30pm) and we arrived right on time, full of anticipation.

Having loved the bar when it first opened and because it had subsequently won several accolades including 'Best Bar' at the Food & Travel Awards, I'd been confidently advising Angela that this afternoon tea was going to be great. I had faith. We were greeted heartily on our arrival by a man wearing a top hat and shown to our table. It had already been laid out for us with pretty teaware, the menus and two fruity little cocktail shots served in expresso cups.

It's not your standard Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong fayre here; the teas are pleasingly alcoholic. You each choose either a gin tea or a champagne tea from the menu. The cocktail bit, without the alcohol, is presented in the big teapot; the booze is in the milk jug. 

And if you're naughty like us and choose the bottomless option, this jug gets topped up constantly throughout your visit. It doesn't matter how quickly you drink - more will come your way! How very spiffing.

And then the sandwiches and cakes arrived on their stand. I loved the retro look of the delicious finger sarnies - none of that posh, granary business!

But the cakes. Oh the wonderful, fresh, chunky, indulgent cakes! There was coconut and chocolate layer cake, big chocolate brownies, a beautiful fruit tart (big enough to share), macarons and on the top - my favourite - the amazing pistachio cake!

(sorry the photographs aren't as crisp as I'd like; it was quite dimly lit in there)

I've never been to an afternoon tea where you've got proper slices of cake. There was nothing delicate and dainty about it but how I loved Mr Fogg for that fact! They were truly scrumptious. I can think of no better word to describe them.

In fact, that pistachio cake was so darn good, I did my best Oliver Twist impersonation and asked our friendly waiter for more.

Extra cake = happy Caz!

We were only supposed to have that table for a couple of hours but we ended up staying there chatting, sipping 'tea' and scoffing cake until around 9.30pm. A credit to the bar; what a charismatic, wonderful little place it is.


  1. Bottomless champagne tea you say! This sounds perfect!!

    Victoria x

    1. It was the afternoon tea I'd always craved :)

  2. this is quite something! you've captured it so well - i haven't had afternoon tea in so long, maybe this will be the way to get back into it with a bang! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  3. This is literally my perfect day! I love watching films in cute little cinemas and I'm obsessed with afternoon tea. This one looks so good, I'm going to add it to the London list. Do you remember how much it was?

    Chloe x

    1. You'd love it! Here are the prices hun http://mr-foggs.com/img/0_menus/afternoon-tea-at-foggs.pdf

  4. Caroline! I love this post. I am going to London in December. Definitely going to add this to the list. Thank you for the tips girl! :)
    xoxo, j.

    1. No problem! I hope you have an amazing visit! If you need any tips, let me know x

  5. I like the bottomless jug idea :)

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  6. You are such a beaut Caroline. Love the yellow nail polish x
    The perks of being a hipster

    1. Thank you lovely. I thought the yellow matched with my shoes! x

  7. That pistachio cake looks scrumptious indeed! And love the Jimmy Chew laying on the floor in your outfit pic!!!

    Rosie xx

  8. Ahh, afternoon tea which is alcohol in disguise - I love it! Looks like so much fun!

    October Eleven

  9. I adore Mr Foggs so much! I have wanted to try the afternoon tea there for so long but haven't quite managed it. I'll have to book soon and try it myself! I've been there so many times and it's never quite made it on to the blog! This looks so tasty, in fact, I may even try to get a booking for Saturday!

    Can I also say, errr DAYUMM girl. That photo of you.. the dress, the heels the LEGS?! Your kids are going to be beautiful!

    Katie <3

    1. You must try the tea then stay on for cocktails next time, it's really worth it. And let me know what you think!

      Oh wow, thank you! I REALLY want a beautiful baby! Hahaha


  10. Second time of trying to post a comment- glad you loved he cinema, it's so fun it being in Selfridges wit all those shoes to pass by! Where would you rate this afternoon tea against the others you've had?

    1. Yeah sorry, I don't know why it does that. I find that the first blog I try to comment on after logging into my Google account doesn't post - then when I try again it works. Very odd.

      I LOVED the afternoon tea - my favourite so far along with The Connaught. I loved that they seemed to put more into the taste of the cakes instead of just how they looked. And they got the alcohol thing spot on (unlike our Gin Tea experience at York & Albany!) x

  11. I visited a place like this in Frankfurt lately and it had a similar vibe, time just melted away!

  12. Wow! This has just been added to my bucket list! I too love afternoon tea, but the size of those cakes and the sheer amount of sarnies has made this a winner for me - not to mention the bottomless drinks! x


  13. OOh this place looks amazing! :D Them piece of cake look gorgeous!


  14. Caroline this looks awesome! I would prefer alcohol to come out of the teapot every day if possible - going to check out if they have a gluten free version x

  15. It looks like you had an amazing time! Definitely adding tea at Mr Fogg's to my bucket list. Jx


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