Housed in a gorgeous Georgian terrace building, writer Giverny Masso visits The Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath for a taste of freshly baked escapism
With staycations and day trips the new norm this summer, the picturesque Blackheath Village in London makes for the perfect mini-escape from the realities of Covid-centric life in 2020.
Located right on the edge of the 200-acre Blackheath common is the Clarendon Hotel, which has recently fully reopened to the public and is offering afternoon tea for guests and visitors. I head there with a friend to sample it for myself.
The Clarendon is housed in a Georgian terrace building, with the afternoon tea served in its spacious Meridian restaurant and its tranquil gardens.
Having stayed open throughout lockdown for key workers, the hotel has had plenty of time to implement Covid safety-measures, which is reassuring to know – as this is one of the first few times I’ve eaten out since March!
One of the main selling points of the hotel’s menu is that it offers an entirely vegan cream tea – which is rare to find. My guest’s face lights up with joy when she sees that this includes vegan scones, which she has never tried before due to their scarcity.
We are seated outside by the friendly staff, who promptly serve us a glass of Prosecco as part of the Sparkling Afternoon Tea (£25).
Our first course is the sandwiches – my vegetarian option includes cheese and egg mayonnaise, while my guest’s slightly more exciting vegan option includes mediterranean vegetables and cucumber, hummus and avocado fillings.
Homemade scones are usually my favourite part of any cream tea, and the delicious fluffy-textured cherry scones with jams from Bermondsey-based England Preserves did not disappoint.
We make it through the generous portions to the third tier of our tea, which is a selection of mini cakes. Particular highlights include my delicious red velvet cake and the absolutely divine vegan cupcakes that my guest is treated to.
The Wordrobe Verdict
With wide open spaces, beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture and stunning city views, Blackheath Village is perfect for a short day trip from the city or a weekend break from those travelling further afield within the UK.
The Clarendon afternoon tea is very affordable yet indulgent, and stands out for its delectable vegan option. For those making a visit to the area, I would highly recommend a trip to the hotel to sample it for yourself.
Make it happen
Where: The Clarendon, Montpelier Row, Blackheath, London, SE3 0RW
When: Afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm to 5pm.
How: Visit clarendonhotel.com/dining/afternoon-tea/ to make a booking.
Words by Giverny Masso, writer