Cake in Chelsea

On the lead up to my 20th birthday  (nearly 3 weekends ago now and I still can’t believe it),  I thought I had better start thinking about sorting my life out. Pick up some good habits, like getting into some kind of exercise, and finding out once and for all whether I actually like avocado and whether in that case, if I’m prepared to eat it for the rest of my life – as apparently it’s the only thing worth eating anyway. So I joined the gym at the beginning of June with my sister, and was going quite regularly and actually not hating it, but then my birthday came, and if the camera roll on my phone is anything to go by, I ate a lot of cake. Homemade Victoria Sponge from the local farmshop cafe, and Salted Caramel Tart from my birthday meal with Lewis at Pizza East.
 Lewis always jokes that I’m 19 going on 80, because I love nothing more than a sit down and a chat and bit of cake and a cuppa – so afternoon tea is right up my street.
Then on Sunday I was lucky enough to be taken on a surprise trip to Bluebird in Chelsea for afternoon tea, which was really lovely. Lewis surprised me on Saturday with a little note in my birthday card, saying that he’d booked afternoon tea on the Sunday afternoon.
We had to get the bus to Chelsea from Victoria as Sloane Square tube station was closed, but it was actually really nice. You forget how much you miss out on when you travel around London on the tube.
We weren’t really sure what we were doing, we’ve been to Chelsea before (worth a visit if you haven’t been), but only ever passed Bluebird and it’s a lot further down the King’s Road than you think.
We awkwardly joined this queue for people trying to get tables in the courtyard outside, before being told that “we” (the royal we obviously) were supposed to be “upstairs”. We were quickly shown to our reserved table and sat for 5 mins just looking around the room. It was really busy, lots of people had come in for lunch and a few people were sitting at the bar drinking Bloody Mary’s (very MIC I thought).
I popped to the loos (not as nice as you’d think actually, I was a little disappointed) to sort out my hair, and Lewis ordered us both tea.
Then came the tower of treats itself, with its very own man to explain what it was we had infront of us. On the bottom tier there were Smoked Salmon Tarts and a selection of sandwiches. On the section tier there were scones with jam and cream, and little lemon slices, and on the top tier there were Coconut Macaroons with a Caramel filling, Dark Chocolate Mini Eclairs with raspberry cream filling, and little Cappuccino Chocolate Mousse Cakes with a chocolate casing.
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Everything was absolutely amazing, even the tea, which I had about 8 cups of. The scones were lovely and light, and the salmon tarts were really yummy, but the top tier was by far the best, absolutely amazing. We were looked after really well by the staff, and sat there for ages, before we were so stuffed, we thought we’d better go for a walk.
We went for a wander down the King’s Road, and I bought myself a really gorgeous mug from Anthropologie (which I’m sure will be featured on here soon). I was a lovely afternoon, and I had a really wonderful time, afternoon tea has well and truly been added to my list of cool things to do in London, especially for a special  occasion and it felt like a good way to kick off my 20s – even if it did break the one resolution I had made!
Have you been for afternoon tea in London? Where have you visited?

Coffee and Cake in Exeter

Lewis managed to get down here [Exeter] on the train for Valentine’s day yesterday and he’s staying with me over the weekend which is lovely.  We had a really nice dinner last night at Cote Brassierre on the Cathedral Green and today we braved the weather to wander into town. After a bit of shopping we stopped at The Exploding Bakery, which I had read really good reviews about from Tripadvisor.

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The Exploding Bakery is basically a really quaint little cafe with only few tables because the majority of space is taken up by a large kitchen where during the week you can watch the baristas bake the cakes fresh in store.  The Bakery’s website says “We saw a gap in the market for the type of cakes we liked to make, no nonsense, full on flavour, high quality tray bakes using the ingredients you would use at home. No added junk, no margarine, no cocoa powder, just local natural butter, belgian chocolate, vanilla extract and local free range eggs”

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I had a hot chocolate, Lewis had a latte and we both chose the Belgian Chocolate Brownies to try . The brownies were deliciously rich, in fact I couldn’t quite manage all of mine and brought a little piece home in a cute little doggy bag.

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I hope you liked this post, I can’t take credit for the photos Lewis took them all. How did you spend your Valentines weekend?


When procrastination leads to baking… Mars Bar Melts!

When  procrastination leads to baking... Mars Bar Melts!

Stole this recipe from The Londoner. They are delicious and easy to make as they only need 4 ingredients and take 7 mins to cook. Made these for my Uni flat mates last night and they loved them! For a link to the recipe, click on the photo. Xxx