Picadilly is not short of places for fab afternoon teas but this newish addition is one of the better alternatives. If you want a bit more than a cup of tea and a couple of cream scones, you should consider Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa.
It is usually a Steak and BBQ restaurant but in the afternoon, they have an afternoon tea menu that will rival any local posh hotel.
On the menu is a choice of just sandwiches for savouries or the Barbecoa Tea which includes a Wagyu Slider and a Short Rib beef croquette. You might think it odd to find a mini burger for afternoon tea but it is quite delicious. Very tender beefy flavour in a mini brioche bun. I could have had a few more and it is definitely an improvement on a soggy egg sandwich.
Onto the scones. They make everything in house here and they do it very well. Very light scones, made in a way that I have not been able to achieve at home, served with homemade strawberry jam and Jersey clotted cream. We found out that they had some homemade gooseberry jam too and asked for some to have with the scones. It was such a delicious combination that I was tempted to ask for some to take home.
Afternoon Tea patisseries are where a lot of places fall down. They did themselves proud here at Barbecoa. the pastry chefs delivered a very beautiful plate which included Chocolate Macarons, a pannacotta, light-as-air lemon tart, pistachio tart, carrot cake and other sweet treats.
The highlight of a good Afternoon Tea is a selection of premium loose leaf teas. They did well here, offering a nice selection of fine loose leaf teas, served beautifully in their bespoke tea pots.
The Barbecoa dining area was quite quiet after their lunch hour rush and it has a men’s club feel about it with the dark wood panelling. Book a table with banquette seats and while away a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of Picadilly Circus. You’ll love it.
London, W1J 9EX
Tel: 0203 005 9666
EatCookExplore was a guest of Barbecoa