I just realised that What Joanna Ate has reached its first birthday. Well a little belated last Friday, on the 8th November. 83 posts later, after a lot of eating, cooking, writing and washing up, I’m left with lots of food photos, and a great record of what I have eaten over the past year. I’ve visited some fabulous restaurants, learned how to use a digital SLR properly and tried lots of new recipes and techniques – I’m excited to see how it looks at year 2.
What better way to celebrate than with some cake? I should have conjured up a fabulous birthday cake, but as the birthday crept up on me in the madness of everything else, you can make do with cake courtesy of the Dean Street Townhouse.
I went for afternoon tea a few weeks ago, and although some of the cakes and pastries were excellent (particularly the dainty Battenberg chequerboard and pistachio macaroon), my favourite was the humble scone. These were a near-perfect version - warm with a tender crumb and generous scoops of clotted cream and pots of jams. The sandwiches on the other tiers were the usual soft little crust-less rectangles, with cucumber, ham and smoked salmon fillings. We even snuck in an extra Welsh rarebit for a little more savoury.
Needless to say, I ate too many scones (slathered in jam and cream) and left in a bit of a sugar daze. I probably needed to sit in their lovely bar for a restorative cocktail to let it pass before leaving to the rainy streets of Soho.
Their afternoon tea is good value at £17.50, compared to the fancier Ritz type places at £45+, and as it’s part of the Soho House Group, it’s typically buzzy most of the day.