I think everyone knows I love afternoon tea and I was recently lucky enough to enjoy a preview of a the afternoon tea at Crusting Pipe in the heart of Covent Garden when it started being served back in 2011.
The Crusting Pipe is best known as the wine bar in the piazza that has outdoor seating next to the live opera singers. Yes, you read that right. This wine bar has opera singers and classical musicians performing in the courtyard where the wine bar offers outdoor seating. When I met the manager he had been asked to consider what was unique about the afternoon tea he could offer yet I felt this didn't need to be asked as the live music and location can't be beat!
Incredibly, I had never visited the Crusting Pipe before and was pleased to find a friendly and professional welcome from all staff in an interesting venue. Inside it's all alcoves and wine cellars yet is still light and airy. Oh, and don't be concerned about the name; a Pipe is a barrel of port usually containing 570 litres. A Crusting Pipe is the barrel used for making crusted port. So now you know.
Back to their tea, the Crusting Pipe are offering a Traditional Afternoon Tea which has all you would hope for on a lovely three-tier cakestand for only £18.95 (which is the one I tried). They also have the Crusting Pipe Afternoon Tea which, as well as all you would expect, has a selection of artisan British cheeses, with a 10 year old tawny port and more.
Afternoon tea is being served from 2pm to 5pm, seven days a week. Find out more at: www.crustingpipe.co.uk.