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 Post subject: Vegan Afternoon Tea in London?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:30 am 
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I did a search, but didn't find any related topics!

Does anyone know of a place that offers a vegan afternoon tea option in London?

I'll be traveling there next week (yay!) and my travel buddy would lurve to go to tea. I don't mind going and watching them enjoy their meal, while I sip some tea, but it'd be awesome to find a place that caters to vegans.

I've started googling, but if anyone has any experiences, would love some ideas!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:09 am 
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Whereabouts in London will you be?

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You can get vegan options at some of the big department stores, but most of them also sell Foie Gras so not many support them. It's worth checking Selfridges though, maybe?

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To Happy Vegans have reviewed a couple http://www.tohappyvegans.com/wordpress/i-♥-ldn/#more-11090

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It's a bit out of the way, but Le Chandelier in Dulwich has the most amazing vegan afternoon tea - I went there with an omni group for a hen party (I called ahead to let them know I was vegan) and they produced the most amazing vegan afternoon tea for me (and catered to all of the rest of the group's food requests - we had a few people that could only eat halal, some on a pregnancy diet, some with nut allergies, and so on), so they are really adept at dealing with substitutions etc.

Here's a picture of the tea I received:
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There's tomato and vegan cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, a mini roll-type thing with some sundried tomato,a hazelnut/choc cupcake, orange and almond cake, carrot and walnut cake, scones, margarine, and jam. And that was all provided for one!


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Oh yum! That looks like a Ms Cupcake hazelnut/chocolate cake!


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zebedee wrote:
It's a bit out of the way, but Le Chandelier in Dulwich has the most amazing vegan afternoon tea - I went there with an omni group for a hen party (I called ahead to let them know I was vegan) and they produced the most amazing vegan afternoon tea for me (and catered to all of the rest of the group's food requests - we had a few people that could only eat halal, some on a pregnancy diet, some with nut allergies, and so on), so they are really adept at dealing with substitutions etc.

Here's a picture of the tea I received:
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There's tomato and vegan cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, a mini roll-type thing with some sundried tomato,a hazelnut/choc cupcake, orange and almond cake, carrot and walnut cake, scones, margarine, and jam. And that was all provided for one!


Wow! That looks amazing!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Afternoon Tea in London?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:54 pm 
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thanks for all the info!!

we're staying pretty central, and have no problem getting around.

i emailed a few places! it seems fortnum & mason can do a vegan tea! we're going to check it out. but for the record, claridges, the dorchester, the lanesborough, and the connaught all say they can offer a vegan option (though one said, "fruit skewers and we're not able to provide cake or scone, sorry!" so that's not much of an option.

I'll report back for sure!

zebedee, that places looks wonderful. and the savoy looks lovely, too! i may have to do several teas on my short trip! haha..

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forking fruit skewers! Is it that hard to make a freakin dairy/egg free scone? No. No it is not.

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forking fruit skewers! Is it that hard to make a freakin dairy/egg free scone? No. No it is not.


i completely agree!!

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Seriously. I have been to so many weddings and parties and other rubbish catered things over the last few years, with "professional chefs" doing the catering and it seems that the only vegan desserts (and usually starters too) they can ever come up with is fruit. It's ridiculous and lazy.

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I was at a work conference once with another vegan and when they brought us our dessert of fruit salad after our melon starter, he stopped the waitress and
told her she'd obviously made a mistake and brought his starter again by accident.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Afternoon Tea in London?
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haha awesome.

Yeah pretty much every wedding or event I've been to in the last 6 years has been melon for starter, fruit salad for dessert. It didn't used to bug me but I get crankier with age and now it just gets right on my tits.

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I got a summer pudding at a conference once and nearly snogged the waitress with joy even though I'm not even that keen on it.

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If you don't want fancy tea, they do great strawberry scones in Food for Thought in Covent Garden!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Afternoon Tea in London?
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icy wrote:
thanks for all the info!!

we're staying pretty central, and have no problem getting around.

i emailed a few places! it seems fortnum & mason can do a vegan tea! we're going to check it out.

Oh wow, in that case, Fortnum & Mason is a must. That place is ridiculous (in a good way). I think I might have to check this out myself soon!


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yeah, i'm excited! i'll try to take some pics and report back.

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yeah, i'm excited! i'll try to take some pics and report back.


How was it? Did you take pictures? I can't stop thinking about afternoon tea!

Also which place said fruit skewers? That sucks!

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i posted my pics in the foodporn section! had some good experiences!

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Claridges is amazing, fortune and mason excellent and lanesborough hotel also very very good for vegan tea


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:56 pm 
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icy's review with pics is here viewtopic.php?f=31&t=24851&p=673896#p673896

Can those of you who have had an afternoon tea recall how much it cost in each place?

Can you tell us what you get at each Sunbeam and did you need to give much notice? Did they do good cake and was it home made or bought in, as far as you could tell?

I'd be so disappointed to get fruit salad while everyone else got cake (as I did at The Grand in Brighton a couple of years back).


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I'm off to claridges for a birthday vegan afternoon tea in late August. They have been very nice so far


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Afternoon Tea in London?
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Not london but surrey....

My sister in law and I took my mum for afternoon tea at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford on Saturday and the vegan options they provided for me where brilliant!

Nice sandwiches, 2 (huge!) vegan scones and jam, awesome brownies, little coconut cakes and a little bakewell tart. You get LOADS too!

You do have to contact them in advance and give them notice but I was super impressed. And it’s a lovely hotel.

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Sounds lovely baps! I'm glad this thread is revived, we need some up to date reviews about where is good these days.

Did they have soya milk? And what was in the sandwiches? Did yours differ much from what the others were served My interest in afternoon tea has been renewed after a lovely one at Terre a Terre in Brighton recently . . . but it was disappointing to see vegans got one less cake than the veggies (we got an extra scone as a substitute).


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I didn't bother asking for soya milk, we had prosecco! :)

The sandwiches were mainly hummus and veggies, there was one with roasted courgettes in and one which I'm pretty sure was lettuce and tomato but it was still nice. The sandwiches were not particularly inventive but apparently they have a new pastry chef which is why the cakes were so good.

The brownies were amazing. Way better than any I've made!

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