I think Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour is one of my new favourite places in London.
The pub downstairs is all dark wood and stuffed pheasants hanging from the ceiling, but upstairs? Upstairs is a beautiful vintage mishmash of floral wallpaper, velvet sofas and antique furniture.
There are pretty trinkets dotted around, patterned china on the tables… and it’s all just so PRETTY.
Throw in some cracking food, a feather boa, and a gin cocktail (or three) and you’ve got yourself an afternoon tea party!
Start your G & Tea (that’s actually the name of the afternoon tea. Yay puns!) with a beautiful refillable cocktail, served in a teapot for two.
Jasmin and I carefully analysed the menu and plumped for the pun-iliciously named “Do Give This A Chai” – chai tea and almond butter infused gin, topped with honey and lemon.
It’s one of the most bizarre cocktail creations I’ve heard of but OH IT’S GOOD. ♥︎
The chilled gin is spicy from the chai, sweet from the honey… and it’s basically Autumn in a cup. And I love that.
The food is fab as well.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a soft spot for savouries, and it’s something I think a lot of afternoon teas overlook in favour of their cake selection. Not so at Mr Fogg’s!
Their sandwiches are both absolutely huge and absolutely delicious. Soft, fresh bread, stuffed to bursting with the classic fillings of egg mayonnaise; sharp cheddar and pickle; and cream cheese and cucumber.
Jasmin and I polished off more than our fair share of these, as they were just so good! The egg ones, especially, were perfect.
They’ve also included a mini vegetable frittata, which was full of flavour, and made a nice extra addition to the savoury tray.
The sweets were both generous in size, and English in flavours:
The lemon posset, topped with edible pansies, was sharp, creamy and utterly divine.
The meringue nests were filled with a light vanilla custard and fruit slices – simple but effective.
I skipped out on the banoffee tartlets (in favour of another egg sandwich!) but the reviews from the other girls were overwhelmingly positive – not too sweet, and the pastry was perfectly crisp.
The scones were reaaaaaally nice… but tiny. We only had one each as well, and I think we all would have liked another one, especially as they were so small to begin with!
Overall: a massive thumbs up from me.
The giant sandwiches definitely sold it, but the lemon posset and inventive cocktails were also winners. The scones would be on the list too if they’d just make them a little bit bigger!
It’s pretty expensive, at £40 per person – including a gin teapot to share between two – but one to keep in mind if you’re after something a little bit special. It would be absolutely epic as a hen do venue!!
The service was fantastic, our waiters were all really helpful, very friendly and informative about the different gins.
OOH AND I JUST REMEMBERED. They also have an on-site magician. Seriously. He did card tricks and close-up magic and I nearly had a heart attack at one point. I KNOW it’s sleight of hand but I still don’t know how the heck he managed it!!!!
Definitely one for a hen do, a birthday, or just a fancy catch up with Mum.
MR FOGG’S GIN PARLOUR
[pipdig_stars rating: “5”]
*I was a guest of Mr Fogg’s for this visit.
All words, photos and egg sandwich loving are my own.