With the words punch and scandal involved, you could say that Scandal Water at The London EDITION‘s Punch Room had me at hello, but I quickly learnt that the scandal part was actually 19th century slang for tea! And to be quite honest, I would definitely choose tea over drama any day.
As some of you may know, the London Edition is truly exquisite, and as you walk in you have to try your best not to gawp whilst double checking that Mr Gatsby isn’t there. The grand opening accompanied by service with a smile actually brought a blush to my face as we were ushered away from the dramatic decor to a secret little alcove.
Upon walking in, it was easy to see that Scandal Water is a far cry from many of the tourist trap own-brand champagne afternoon tea parties that are slowly suffocating London. With a quaint setting and adorable china (which I later found actually had the London Edition building in the artwork!) it was very easy to fall into the 19th century way amongst upper echelons of London society, for whom work was unthinkable and consequently boredom was a very real issue, and fall into the nibbles and salacious gossip!
In celebration of this tradition, Henrietta Lovell, founder of the acclaimed Rare Tea Co. and Phil Carmichael, Executive Chef at Berners Tavern, have created five carefully chosen pairings – Five teas and five food pairings, each designed to perfectly complement one another, and boy did they.
After staring at the selection for far too long, due to being spoilt for choice, I eventually settled for the following:
- Japanese Sencha Tea with miso cured salmon and caviar (super fancy)
- Jasmine Tea with a jasmine chocolate ganache sprinkled with sea salt and a jasmine flower (delectable)
- Earl Grey with a classic shortbread base topped with an Earl Grey flavoured butter cream (more-ish)
I can honestly say that each and every course was delightful, and not too heavy – the combination of flavours sent a spark to my taste buds and I didn’t feel bloated once I had finished, unlike all of my past afternoon tea outings.
But that’s not all, Davide Segat, Bar Manager at The London EDITION, has created a punch from each of the respective teas, so as well as my tongue having a lovely taste experience, it was also let a little loose by the dangerously divine and light punches, which accompanied the dishes.
The English Milk Punch, Edition Punch and Teddy Hook Punch were not only full-flavoured but also very pretty, adding a splash of colour to the table – pink and gold to be exact. Very aesthetically pleasing. In fact my whole time there was aesthetically pleasing, including my reflection in the bathroom mirror for once; you know we all have to dress up for this type of affair!
Overall, the service was great, the seats were comfy, the food was scrumptious and I’ve never had a concoction of spirits go down so well. I would definitely advise each and every one of you to take this trip back in 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.
Words: Kelly Jade