In the summer of 2015, my family and I went on an incredible trip around the United Kingdom making stops in England, Wales, and Ireland. While the historic sites and tasty pubs were so much fun, by far our favorite past time was afternoon tea.
We first tried it at a hotel in London and a second time in a charming cafe in Cardiff. We were immediately hooked on the finger sandwiches and rich variety of tea flavors. Ever since we landed back in the U.S., my family and I have been obsessed with tracking down local places to try to closely recreate our experience overseas. Since then we have gone to a few afternoon tea spots at hotels in Chicago, which varied from traditional to Americanized. In the continuing journey for afternoon tea spots, my friend and I ventured into the Allis at the Soho House. First off, the design on the china was so cute. I was pretty tempted to check Crate & Barrel for similar designs.
More importantly, the food. We were served sandwiches, scones, and desserts. We started with the finger sandwiches. They came in standard, but always good flavors such as salmon with sour cream and egg salad. The scones were warm and delicious, served with the traditional butter and jam. The dessert was a variety from macarons to sweet bread. For tea, my friend ordered the Italian Green Almondine and I ordered the Mallorca Melon. Hers was very fresh and subtle, mine was a bit heavier with a fruity tinge.
Aside from the food and tea, the decor in the Soho House is incredible. They have an eclectic mix of furniture. Many of the other patrons were using the space as place to finish up work. I would definitely come back with my laptop and order a couple quick bites and a hot tea.
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