Sunday 13 October 2013

Charlotte in the City: The Fish Market Afternoon Tea Review, London

Last month our City Gal Charlotte Vowden headed off to London's Fish Market to sample their special afternoon tea with a twist. Here's how she got on:

Fish Market Afternoon Tea

Normally I take my Tetley with two sugars, but when I went for an afternoon tea fix at Fish Market my cuppa came chilled, scooped and topped with two wafers.

On paper, Tetley tea and milk flavoured ice cream doesn’t sound that delicious, I can’t stand a luke warm brew let alone one at minus degree temperatures, but as part of the East London restaurant’s £12 afternoon tea deal I was obliged to give it a go. A few spoons in and I’d made up my mind – it worked.

Housed in the capital’s oldest surviving warehouse built by The East India Trading Company, Fish Market serves produce solely from British shores and it’s menu is exceptional - the sharer platter overflows with seafood and is just as impressive to taste as it is to look at. But until very recently, one thing was missing – afternoon tea.

Served between 2pm and 6pm Fish Market’s mid-afternoon meal comes with the quirky Tetley tea sundae as well as an ‘FLT’ fishwich and a cup of absurdly delicious pink lemonade (or tea served caff style in a mug if you prefer).

After an evening of cocktails the day before the ‘FLT’ fishwich was just what I needed, the bread was doorstop thick with extra crusty crusts and spread with rich yellow butter. Filled with crispy fishfingers of the homemade variety it was satisfyingly stodgy yet mayonnaise-free, making it the poshest fishfinger sarnie I’d ever had. If I’d wanted to though, I could have smothered it in mayo or ketchup because the condiment tray was laden down with different sauces.

The white and blue striped crockery reminded me of deckchairs and predictably the coastal theme didn’t stop there. The interior of the restaurant was a little trawler-esque with large metal pillars and exposed piping, while the courtyard outside was a little more delicately done with pretty white garden furniture. It was warm enough to sit outside when I visited but its location down a narrow lane meant that the view, of the building opposite, was far from breathtaking. 

Grumbles about the lack of city vistas aside I thoroughly enjoyed tea at Fish Market. It was a no-frills affair but the unusual and simple fare made it a tea to recommend. And, the service came with a smile. 

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Charlotte Vowden is a travel & lifestyle journalist who is as happy in the mountains as she is sipping champagne and indulging on cake. Writing for The Sunday Times and other national publications keeps her busy but she’s always looking for her next adventure or afternoon tea destination.
Twitter: @charlottevowden

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