When it comes to afternoon tea ‘it’s going to be anything but quintessential’ says Bea Vo, founder of the Butterscotch Bakery. Butterscotch is launching their second home, the Butterscotch Tea Room in Marylebone.
The new tea room, set over two floors on James Street, will provide a new take on the whole tea concept ‘it’s my absolute favourite British tradition, and our take will put a modern spin on it, from the recipes to the aesthetic’ adds Vo.
When it comes to the recipes, tea will consist of a selection of sandwiches, classic with a contemporary twist, including roasted aubergine, romesco and rocket and, of course, smoked salmon, served with herbed Mascarpone. Alongside sandwiches, puddings including a vegan chocolate mousse pot and a butterscotch (obligatory, given the shop name) pudding with sea salt caramel, mini meringues, brownies and freshly baked madeleines.
Completing the afternoon tea, Vo will be freshly baking scones and serving them with Cornish clotted cream and jam.
As for the aesthetic, the first floor will be taken up by an intentionally relaxed café space designed for on-the-go coffee and scattered with footstools and window bench seating. As in her first bakery, expect to see a return of the Goldilocks porridge bar.
The main staircase leads to the afternoon tea room which will be decked with white marble tables, a hand-made paper flower wall feature and the entire aesthetic will feature tones of copper, gold and rose gold. As the piecé de resitance, desserts including a deconstructed Banoffee Pie with Toasted Banana Bread wafers will be suspended from the ceiling.
Vo confides that “I want people to feel like they can come to Butterscotch for a good time, whether it’s a cocktail and a slice of cake or a full blown affair with all the trimmings” and it sounds like in the Butterscotch Tea Room she will surpass her aim.
Butterscotch Tea Room opens on Monday 15th February