Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fortnum & Mason (King's Cross St Pancras) - tea before the journey


Fortnum & Mason (St Pancras)
Address: Unit 1A,
St Pancras International Station
Pancras Road, London N1C 4QP
Phone: 0207 734 8040
Nearest Tube station:
King's Cross St Pancras
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 8am-9pm
TT stopped for tea at Fortnum & Mason's 2nd London store.

I first came across Fortnum & Mason when I received its famous wicker basket hamper with the F&M emblazoned across the front of the basket as a gift. The goodies in there might have long gone but I still have the basket which serves as a very handy (and pretty) container for cutlery and knick knacks. I love going to its flagship store at Regent Street which is an experience in itself. Fortnum might be best known for its beautifully packaged food products and hampers but if you can tear yourself away from the ground floor, you will find that it sells almost anything under the sun.

It is fitting that Fortnum & Mason has decided to open an outpost albeit a mini one at St Pancreas International. It stocks food items which would make beautiful gifts and there is a little tea room as well. This gives travellers an opportunity to stock up on any last minute gifts and have a sprinkling of the old world charm that Fortnum does so well before embarking on the inevitably dreary train journey.

The tea room may be small but it is perfectly formed. I was quite surprised at how insulated it was from the hustle and bustle of the station. The menu was short and to the point. No fancy stuff but just simple classics that one would fancy before embarking on a journey. I opted for quiche and tea. The quiche was good but perhaps it was the tea which commanded my attention. The tea menu was as long as the food menu and I enjoyed the descriptions which my waitress provided me of each tea. She said the afternoon tea blend was just the drink for a lazy afternoon when all you wanted was a snooze and that the morning blend was a lively blend guaranteed to perk things up. In this time and age when so many would just shrug their shoulders and say they do not know, I appreciated her effort to come up with stories for me. She went the extra mile and provided me with a generous serving of their rose petal jelly when I asked if I could try some. On top of the excellent service tea was served in beautiful silverware which completed the time travel experience.

Full marks to Fortnum & Mason at St Pancreas International. I would go back for the service alone.

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