I love afternoon tea and always relish in the delight of the experience. Afternoon tea usually follows the same format wherever you take it – a glass of Prosecco, finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours, all served with lashings of hot tea. So, when I heard the BRGR.CO offered an alternative afternoon tea based on burgers, I was more than eager to try it. After weeks of healthy eating, a big fat carbs day was definitely on the cards.
After a long train journey down to London from Yorkshire my stomach was yelling ‘feed me!’, so I hot-footed it across The Big Smoke to the Soho BRGR.CO branch, located on Wardour Street on the corner of Noel Street. Arriving at 1.00pm, I was surprised to find that I was one of only the few people there and had the pick of tables. BRGR.CO is a modern restaurant, with an open kitchen so you can see the burgers being prepared, sizzling on the grill. Each table was furnished with condiments galore – I mean come on, who can eat a burger without heaps of ketchup?
The menus are the place mats on the tables. The alternative afternoon tea is on the menu, however no description is given – all it says is, ‘please ask your server for further details’, so I did. She explained what the afternoon tea consisted of, and added the caveat it would take around 10 minutes to prepare. That wasn’t a problem for me, I wasn’t in a rush, and it gave me the opportunity to chill out and catch up on some emails (using their free WiFi) whilst I waited. I was also asked if I had any dietary requirements,so I assume that they could tweak any meal accordingly. I don’t have any special dietary requirements, so what I received is the standard afternoon tea offering.
Whilst I waited for my food to arrive, I was presented with a glass of raspberry Prosecco and a glass of iced tea. Even though it was a Thursday lunch time, I was on my own, and I had a meeting to attend later in the afternoon, nothing was going to stop me enjoying a glass of the fizzy stuff. Now, I may be mistaken, but I’m sure the Prosecco was infused with real raspberries, making it super refreshing and the perfect way to start an amazing experience.
Exactly 10 minutes after I’d ordered, I was presented with what can only be described as one of the best things I have ever seen in my 33 years on this Earth – the most delicious looking platter, heaped with food. I genuinely did not know where to start. A pang of guilt hit me, albeit for a second, as I thought of Mr ESLT and how he would have loved the spread. I’ll be honest, I have dragged him to numerous traditional afternoon teas all over the world even though I know he doesn’t like scones or sweet stuff in general. This alternative afternoon tea had his name written all over it, it was a shame he wasn’t there to enjoy and appreciate its magnificence with me.
So, here’s a rundown of what tasty treats I got to enjoy:
- Cheese burger – my favourite, cooked to perfection with just the right amount of pink inside
- Seafood burger – I never would have picked this, but the perfect size to try if not a massive seafood lover
- Chicken and coleslaw burger – great combination, loved the coleslaw on the breaded chicken
- Fries – cute portion, just enough to not detract from the tasty little burgers
- Lemon tartlet – I never would have picked a lemon dessert but by gosh it was lovely and zingy
- Chocolate brownie – was so pleased to find a choccy delight on my tray. It was lovely and moist!
- Mini vanilla milkshake – great to have a little taste of a milkshake. We definitely have a full sized one next time.
As I happily tucked into my delicious Thursday lunchtime feast, the restaurant filled up nicely, so much so that there was even a queue out of the door at one point, proving just what a popular joint it is. As groups of friends, couples, work colleagues and other singletons tucked into their juicy burgers, I noticed eyes often drifting to my tray of food followed by looks of jealousy on their faces. A thoroughly enjoyable and unique experience which I would love to repeat in the future, and would love to share with Mr ESLT..
Even if the alternative afternoon tea isn’t for you, I’m sure there’s something on the menu to float your boat. Looking around the restaurant, I could see many a burger smothered in gooey cheese, thick milkshakes, and even their signature dessert, the Bronut, which is on my list to try during my next visit.
- My afternoon tea was provided by BRGR.CO on a complimentary basis in exchange for honest review. Usual price £17 per person.