03 Sep 2018
Bringing tea savoir-faire to the capital, the Salon de Thé can be found on the first floor of the beautiful five-storey listed Georgian townhouse. An elegant gallery space, the room is flooded with daylight from the atrium above and surrounded by an intricate listed heritage balustrade.
Open every day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the exclusive menu uses tea as a delicate ingredient, spice or flavouring in every dish. Signature Cuisine au Thé dishes include houmous-style butternut squash with Vert Provence® tea, shrimp and orange zest, chickpeas and pomegranate glaze; steamed Atlantic cod loin with coconut milk and matcha green tea; and roasted, braised and confit of vegetables with I Have A Dream Tea®. Tea-infused desserts feature the show-stopping gold leaf-wrapped dark chocolate cake flavoured with Black Magic Tea with a fleur de sel caramel core and red currant coulis; and cheesecake glazed with Very Beautiful® fruit tea, French meringue polka dots and raspberry coulis speckled with 24 carat gold.
As one would expect, afternoon tea is a must at Mariage Frères. From warm scones slathered in Gelée de Thé (the Mariage take on jam), tea-frosted madeleines and delicate patisserie through to a Mariage croque monsieur with cured salmon on toasted matcha green tea and turmeric wholegrain bread, served with mesclun seasoned with Thé Sur le Nil®, both sweet and savoury tastes will be satisfied.
In addition to the Salon de Thé, the ground floor Comptoir de Thé will offer an unrivalled range of 1,000 varieties of teas from over 36 countries, alongside an array of tea-related gifts from signature fragrances and incense through to confectionary, gift sets, distinctive teapots, teacups and strainers. A selection of freshly brewed Mariage Frères teas will also be available to go to-go alongside sweet and savoury pastries all prepared fresh in-house.
Upstairs on the second floor, a Musée du Thé showcases tea antiques from around the world, whist two private third and fourth floor rooms, one with its own terrace, can accommodate up to 30 seated and 50 standing for private meetings and parties.
38 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS