Recently I was scrolling through Instagram, as you do, and came across a photo of Butterscotch London. Since London has been distinctly lacking those Spring vibes recently, I’ve taken to flooding my feed with pretty London buildings with gorgeous blooms and blossoms and Butterscotch London is beautiful hence it ending up in my feed. Once I found out they did vegan afternoon tea I was sold and booked it as a lovely weekend treat. As well as having a vegan option on their standard afternoon tea, they also have gluten free options. I find more and more places with afternoon tea in London starting to offer variations for different dietary requirements, which is great.
Butterscotch London started originally as an online site only before expanding to a physical cafe in White City Place, West London. Butterscotch Tea Room opened in February and is set to be an 18 month pop up serving afternoon tea in a, quite frankly, Instagram-worthy space. I absolutely adore rose gold (I’m the proud owner of a rose gold Disneyland spirit jersey!) so the interior design is right up my street and I’m always on the hunt for a good vegan afternoon tea. If you prefer to stay away from the latest millennial trends, you will still love the space – it’s bright and airy and a perfect place to enjoy an affordable afternoon tea in London.
Where is it?
Butterscotch London Tea Room is located at 56 St James Street in Marylebone. It’s a short walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street station but seems a far cry from the hustle and bustle of busy shopping streets.
How much does it cost?
- Camellia Afternoon Tea (Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6pm) – £22.50 per person. This is the standard afternoon tea with mini baguettes, scones and cake. I opted for this vegan afternoon tea option and Blaze opted for the same but the standard version.
- Hibiscus Prosecco Afternoon Tea (Monday – Sunday 12 – 6pm) – £27 per person. As above but with a glass of Prosecco or Bellini.
- Lily Champagne Afternoon Tea (Monday – Sunday 12 – 6pm) – £31 per person. Afternoon tea with a glass of Perrier Jouët Champagne.
What is on the Butterscotch London menu for both vegans and non vegans?
Be aware it may change in future so make sure to check out the menu on their website before booking. For our afternoon tea, we had three different types of sandwiches – mozarella and tomato, butternut squash with goat’s cheese and hummus with roasted pepper. As two of these contain cheese, they brought that selection for Blaze and then three of the hummus ones for me. They were mini baguettes and so delicious! There was plenty of filling too and the hummus tasted homemade. As there was no meat in any of the sandwiches (which means it’s pretty much vegetarian without any adjustments), I didn’t mind them being on the same plate but if it bothers you I’m sure you can ask them to keep it separate.
Next up a scone for Blaze and A VEGAN SCONE FOR ME! I am actually not a big fan of scones but since turning vegan I’ve never had a vegan one and they are so integral to a good British afternoon tea I feel so I was super excited that I got to have one too. Plus it was super delicious, soft and light on the inside with a lovely outside crust. On the same plate I had a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and a mini chocolate brownie. The chocolate cupcake was a bit too sweet for me as I’m not a massive chocolate person, but if you are, you’ll love it. Blaze had a red velvet cupcake with cheese frosting and an almond madeleine. On the top layer I had another two mini brownies and Blaze had a mini peanut butter brownie (which she loved) and mini blondie.
About halfway through our afternoon tea, the waiter came over and replaced the flower jars above us with little glass bulbs filled with chocolate mousse (suitable for vegans). It was such a lovely touch.
In terms of tea, I had the white peony tea without milk and it was lovely and light. The loose leaf tea was served in these cute elephant teapots.
How was the vegan afternoon tea?
So good! Alas we had to admit defeat and didn’t finish it all but they do give you a box to take home any leftovers, which is great.
If you’re looking for an affordable afternoon tea in London in pretty surroundings then this is it. The food was delicious and they cater to vegans as well as offering gluten-free options. There was a good range too. The service was excellent and everyone was super friendly and happy to help. I would definitely recommend visiting Butterscotch London for all your afternoon tea needs, plus afterwards you can take a stroll up the lovely Marylebone High Street to help you fight off the impending food coma!
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