Now, I don’t know about you – but I bloody love biscuits.
… well, and cake, and cream tea, and all things iconically sweet, baked and British. I basically wish Mary Berry was my mum.
That’s why we decided to embark on a trip to the iconic Biscuiteers Notting Hill, to discover the cakey, culinary delights of a Biscuiteers afternoon tea.
Although being famed for their lovingly created, painstakingly iced and endlessly delicious biscuit creations, the flagship London Biscuiteer boutiques offer quite the interesting selection of baked goods and centrepiece cakes – alongside a delightfully quaint cafe and heaps of icing classes (for adults and children alike).
So, take a seat alongside us and dip into our delicious Afternoon Tea adventure.
What’s In The Biscuiteers Afternoon Tea?
The Biscuiteers Afternoon Tea comes a solid collection of treats that truly cover the bases – and ensure a rather energetic afternoon:
- Finger sandwiches – crust-free of course. We enjoyed Salmon sandwiches and Cucumber sandwiches, because we’re *that* British.
- Two of Biscuiteers’ famous biscuits – we enjoyed a Red Postbox and a Notting Hill tube sign, because I repeat, we’re *that* British.
- Union Jack brownies, made up of chocolate and salted caramel brownie with a Union Jack biscuit on top – because, for the final time, we’re *THAT* British.
- Freshly baked (and still warm) scones, with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
- Two giant macarons – one blackberry, and one raspberry, filled with a light ganache and hunks of jam.
- Battenburg slices – classic colours, of course.
- Mini cupcakes, given adorable angel wing biscuits.
- Our choice of tea, coffee and hot chocolate – the hot chocolate even had marshmallows. I mean, come on – what more could you ask for?
Biscuiteers Afternoon Tea – The Review
It’d be rude to eat the entire damn thing and -not- tell you all about it, right?
Just a note – we were actually told that “people normally leave at least some of it behind – or you know, carry a biscuit away with them”.
… we ate the whole thing.
These wee guys were as tasty as they were adorable, frankly.
It’d be borderline insane to have a true Afternoon tea savoury-free (scones not included), and both the salmon and cucumber sandwiches were fresh and light options to introduce you to the biscuit feast to come.
For the fussier ones among us, the salmon came on brown bread and cucumber on white, as is tradition – and both were crust-free.
We’d be silly not to mention the biscuits bright and early, and across the lovely novelty British designs (all chocolate) and the delicate angel wings (vanilla) we got to try quite the array of iced delights.
These guys are famous for their biscuits for good reason. The basic biscuits are delicious, have the right amount of chew and snap, and are treated with true love and detail. The icing is the big deal though, and every biscuit clearly has a whole lot of time invested.
it’s also worth taking a moment to appreciate the intricacy – with different kinds of icing and different degrees of drying times and, basically, runnyness, certain icing types have to be baked onto the biscuit, and to varying degrees. That means that one biscuit might have to be timed to baking perfection two or three times to ensure the design is en pointe.
So, the summary? Really good biscuits, good thickness, quality and design of icing, and general lovely deliciousness.
Union Jack Brownies
Admittedly, the Union Jack element was a biscuit as discussed above.
Minus that though, this was a perfectly gooey and moist brownie with a vein of chewy salted caramel, adding a really nice layer of flavour and texture that added something special to each bite.
As with most brownies, it’s good to save some of your tea for this, as it compliments the cakeyness very well.
Scones, Clotted Cream and Jam
There’s something irreplaceably enjoyable about a freshly-baked, still warm scone. What a treat.
These were ‘clean’ scones – free from dried fruit like raisins or cherries – which allowed for the really delicious strawberry jam to sing through.
You can’t argue with the classics done right, can you?
Raspberry and Blueberry Macarons
Macarons are a somewhat acquired taste. Some people don’t see the value and feel the love; others believe they’re more about the decoration than they are a delicacy.
These macarons are definitely doing their part when it comes to fighting the culinary corner – the raspberry version especially was filled with a really tasty ganache and some gooey fruit that kicked up the flavour and added a really nice dimension.
That set this aside from most macarons I’ve personally tried before, which was a pleasant surprise (especially when they can live up to a cream tea, cupcakes and dreamy biscuits)
Adorably sweet-sized slices of Battenburg were a nice change, with the classic marzipan flavour bringing something different to the full Afternoon-Tea-array.
More lovely jam was also a delight, gluing together some well-baked cake to create a nice version of the classic.
Always, always welcome.
Mini Angel Cupcakes
Cake – moist and delicious.
Icing – lovely and delicious.
Wings – adorable and delicious.
Sprinkles – full of child-like joy and delicious.
What more do you want me to say?
Biscuiteers Notting Hill
If you do choose to partake in a spot of Afternoon Tea, this is in no way a breeze-in breeze-out type of situation (actually, we spent about two hours wandering around and enjoying the store ourselves).
The boutique itself is beautiful, showing off the full range of enthusiastically crafted biscuits in all their wonderful shapes and styles – alongside showpiece cakes and biscuit displays that are as edible as they are adorable – including the collection dedicated to the 150 year anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.
There are also constantly evolving boxed collections of biscuits to buy in – including the adorable birds, dinosaurs and animals, famous characters like Mr Men and superheroes, and other adorable British icons (including, believe it or not, a classic fried breakfast).
Of course, you can also browse and buy personalised, customised biscuits for a special occasion, or to say thank you to someone special. With everything available via the boutique stores or online – and with a couple of Biscuiteers offers always available too – it’d be rude to say no, surely?