Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Tea for two


What's better than getting a new job? Why getting a new job and being treated to a celebratory afternoon tea, that's what!  This was the perfect end to a wonderful, unexpected week so my thoughts on Le Chandelier may not be entirely impartial.

Le Chandelier is a traditional tea salon on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, offering teas plus dainty cakes, pastries and the occasional savoury morsel. I've been in before and eaten a modest portion of sweet nothing with a cuppa, but this was a celebration so we went for the full Afternoon Tea; scones with lovely homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of suitably crustless sandwiches and assorted pastries and cakes.

There is a staggering range of teas including black, green, yellow and white to fruit, herb and floral infusions and some very, very pretty flowering teas which unfurl seductively in the pot before you. I tried the fantastically named Jing Darjeeling Second Flush Supreme and the Vanilla Black Tea, both of which were utterly delicious.

I left feeling well refreshed and rather pampered, though rather envious of their covetable vintage china collection. Le Chandelier is a real oasis of calm and tranquility and perfect for a weekend treat - just don't ask for PG Tips.

Le Chandelier
161 Lordship Lane
London, SE22 8HX

Opening Hours ~
Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am - 6pm
Friday and Saturday 9.30am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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