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Paul's bakery and patisserie is a fixture of Covent Garden's foodie scene, but the upmarket French chain recently expanded its offer to include an all-day bistro. A bright conservatory-style space overlooks St Paul's churchyard, while the bijou dining room is decked out in classical style, with parquet floors, plush velvet chairs and reproduction 19th-century murals. Locals and tourists drop by for breakfasts of fresh pastries or eggs Benedict on toasted Campagne bread, though the menu also stretches to tartines, soupe à l'oignon, salade niçoise and well-sourced cheese and charcuterie platters to go with selections from the short, regional French wine list. Competent renditions of heartier Gallic fare include coq au vin, andouillette and rich confit duck with buttery crushed potatoes, although the real draw is ‘le table des desserts’ with its rows of glistening tartes, pretty pastel macarons and delicate mille-feuilles.
Welcome back to another afternoon tea review blog post from Tea With Me and Friends. This weekend Lorna and I were invited to sample the new afternoon tea on offer at La Maison Paul in Covent Garden in the Le Restaurant de PAUL. We know Paul for their amazing macaroons and artisan breads that leave us drooling in their bakeries, but we didn't know that they offered an afternoon tea and so we were keen to find out more. Le Restaurant de PAUL is situated behind the Paul Covent Garden shop, and its a bustling but cute space full of chatter and hungry shoppers and tourists...
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