Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more.
Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside.
But in true British fashion none of us said anything about the lack of music, which I have been ensured is normally played. Then the tea was brought out and it was just a little disappointing; the bread for the sandwiches was dry and the ham hock terrine and mustard sandwich was more mustard than ham hock, and the ham we did have was so gristly and fatty we couldn’t eat it. That said the salmon and cream cheese sandwich was simple but delicious.
Rather than serving up scones, they had brioche, which were thin slithers of brioche toast, which the time they had been served were cold and not very sweet, it would have been better to stick to traditional scones and clotted cream.
That said a chocolate éclair was perfect, a little morsel of chocolate goodness, an apricot tart was moist and sweet and the meringues courtesy of the Meringue Girls injected little drops of colour and were light, sticky and with a hint of flavour.
You can choose to have the tea with a glass of Thienet Brut Champagne and we suggest you do, it was cold and crisp just as it should be!
With an afternoon tea being served on every London corner or so it seems, Cheyne Walk Brasserie needs to raise the bar to avoid disappointment.