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    Saturday, 5 May 2018

    YOUR GUIDE TO THE BOTTOMLESS AFTERNOON TEA AT PAUL

    Just when I think I've tried all the best bottomless brunches in London, a new kind of bottomless appears on my radar -  Bottomless Afternoon Tea! I mean it's a no-brainer right? Who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon eating their way through plates of sandwiches, cakes and scones, all washed down with bottomless prosecco?! 

    There's plenty of traditional afternoon teas doing a bottomless option across London but if you're looking for something a little different - I have just the thing for you! It's over at Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden (the place with the incredible artisan breads and patisseries) where they're putting a French twist of this great British tradition - here I'll take you through it...
    Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and scones
    STEP ONE: BUBBLES
    Now I know it’s the bottomless bubbles that brought you here - right? Part of the beauty of this afternoon tea is its incredible value. For just £25, you get an hour and a half of free-flowing prosecco (sparkling vin mousseux from Ky Procco by Alain Gayrel, no less). The waiters are super generous too – as soon as your glass looks in danger of running dry, someone is there to attentively top you up. My kind of service. Prosecco
    Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and scones
    STEP TWO: SANDWICHES
    Unless you’re super weird and eat the sweet dishes first, your next step is the sandwiches. As I mentioned, each of the delicate artisan sandwiches are made fresh in the Paul Bakery and come in an assortment of three classic flavours: 

    First up there’s the Poulet, a classic chicken sandwich served with lettuce, tomato and tangy mustard mayonnaise – then the creamy Camembert cheese (which if I’m being picky could do with a little more cheese inside) and my personal favourite the Saumon Fume – a combination of poached salmon & horseradish cream in brioche finger sandwich. 

    Each serving allows for 1 sandwich per person but if you ask your waiter nicely, they’ll be happy to sort you out with a refill!
    Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and scones
    STEP THREE: PATISSERIES
    What the French are famed for! You’ll get served a selection of two patisseries on your afternoon tea which are expertly crafted by the in-house bakers – there’s the Craquant, a dark chocolate sponge, covered in praline and chocolate ganache and studded with almonds and the Gateau aux Carottes, which is PAUL’s take on a carrot cake. But if you’re lucky, you;ll get my favourite – the Fraisier, a Genoese sponge with mousseline cream, marzipan and topped with strawberries.
    Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and sconesYou’ll also get two mini jewel-like macarons. It's a lucky dip for which flavour you'll get (if you're lucky it'll be lemon) but there's also pistachio, chocolate, coconut, caramel and raspberry.Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and scones
    STEP FOUR: SCONES
    I always save my favourite bit for last! The 'Scones' here at Paul are actually Paul's speciality brioche. Made using a traditional recipe combining white flour and sourdough with fresh salt, yeast, butter and egg yolk, these super sweet buns take the place of the traditional English scones. They're light and fluffy and have this incredible crystallised sugar on top for an added bite. Now you just need to decide - jam or cream first?
    Afternoon tea with three-tiered with cakes and scones
    Honestly, what more do I have to do to convince you? So grab your mum or your BFFE and make sure you book yourselves a table - because I challenge you to find a better Bottomless Afternoon Tea deal anywhere else in London!

    Le Restaurant de Paul
    29 Bedford St, London WC2E 9ED

    * We were guests of  Paul
    Our food was complimentary. All opinions are honest & my own

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