One weekend earlier this Spring (do you remember the warm weather? It was so long ago…), Friend G and I decided to venture out of central London (whoa~) and try a place that has come highly recommended through word of mouth and from the book Tea and Cake London which I blogged about a while back: Orange Pekoe Teas, around the corner from Barnes Bridge. If you look on the map, Barnes is somewhere West, near Putney I believe, right on the river. It’s lovely, like a quaint little village almost in the heart of London.
Less than 20 minutes from Waterloo the trip was well worth it. I’d probably put Orange Pekoe in a similar category to Bea’s of Bloomsbury or Camellia’s Tea House – very well thought through cafes that don’t blow the budget but with amazing selections of tea and stunning baked goods to match the quality of the beverages.
Orange Pekoe has a no photos policy so I’ve only got pictures of the food and the outside but I thought the place was lovely – really bright and airy with fabulous wallpaper in parts (think black velvet cameos on a yellow background in one room, charcoal with white birdcages in another).
We ordered the afternoon tea (£16.50 per person) and were in for a right treat. The sandwiches were classically English – the usual smoked salmon, cucumber and mint, egg mayonnaise, cheese and pickle. The scones were super – so light and fresh served with jam and cream. The highlight though was the curly wurly cake… perfect combo of chocolate, vanilla and caramel with a cream cheese based icing.
Their selection of tea is exceptional. Like Camellia’s in Kingly Court, Orange Pekoe is first and foremost a teashop (I think!) and it has a wide variety of tea sourced and blended by the owners. G went for the Ceylon Kenilworth Estate in memory of our time in Sri Lanka while I went for a light but rather lovely Antique Rose Chinese White tea.
We spent a couple of hours there having our usual grand old girly gossip and followed our visit with a short walk along the Thames. We’ve already planned to go back – some time before the summer ends. This is a great little find and well worth the trip. Plus, it kind of felt like we’d had a slight holiday from London even if it was only 20 minutes out and for just a few hours…
Orange Pekoe can be found at 3 White Heart Lane, Barnes, SW13 0PX