A luxurious treat in central London
Product: www.murielskitchen.co.uk Price: £15.75 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
What they say...
Located in the vibrant heart of Soho on bustling Old Compton Street, Muriel’s is a popular destination throughout the day, from breakfast to bedtime, in this cool area of London.
What our tester thought...
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in January, it's possible to feel in need of a treat - so we felt no guilt whatsoever about a trip to the extremely pretty Muriel's Kitchen, Soho. It's a new venue in a small chain of cosy cafes, where the emphasis is on ever-changing seasonal menus and a warm welcome.
The afternoon tea (£15.75pp but must be booked for two people or more at a time) is truly decadent, combining four finger sandwiches each (ham and cheese, egg and cress, cucumber, and salmon and cream cheese), a fruit scone each (with clotted cream and jam), and sweet treats - lemon meringue pie, banoffee pie, caramel brownies and carrot cake - to share. As an unusual twist, you also get a glass bottle of fruit smoothie with two straws to share - so you need to be on intimate terms with whoever you visit with! Of course you also get a nice pot of tea too.
Everything was yummy and the carrot cake was my favourite, thanks to a slightly savoury edge from its cream cheese topping. The brownies were insanely rich - one for pure chocoholics - and the whole thing left us feeling full and sleepy.
We were lucky enough to sit in the cafe's special swinging chairs (pictured above) which are hooked to the ceiling and give the whole experience an Alice in Wonderland edge. At £15.75pp for what is essentially a meal in central London, I think it's a great value treat. Situated just around the corner from numerous theatres, it would make a lovely addition to a musical day out.
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