Scoff and Banter Tea Rooms Oxford Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel, 350 Oxford Street , London, W1C 1BY

SquareMeal Review of Scoff and Banter Tea Rooms Oxford Street

Celebrating the very best of British to the nth degree, these delightful tearooms serve traditional afternoon tea all day and every day. The tea itself is very decent – they've teamed up with specialist tea producers Newby so there’s always a proper brew, but anyone who knows anything about afternoon tea knows the real deal are the cakes, sandwiches and scones. Scoff & Banter have this well covered and added some savouries, so the meal could start with oysters Rockefeller, eggs Florentine or a parsley-crusted lamb cutlet before the rest. Scones come in different flavours and rather than the expected cucumber on bloomer, the sandwiches include the option of a croque madame before reaching the finale of meringues and sticky toffee pudding. Already an indulgence, the addition of a glass or two of bubbles make it just perfect.

Special offers

Complimentary Bottle of Prosecco for 2 with Afternoon Tea: £34pp

From a set menu.

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 March 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Complimentary Bottle of Prosecco for 2 with Afternoon Tea: £34pp

Experience a quintessential British afternoon tea for two with a special loving bottle of prosecco all for £34 per person. Note that tables of 3 will only receive 1 bottle of prosecco with compliments. Subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction of any other offers or vouchers.

From: 10 February 2018

To: 18 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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5.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

David H. platinum reviewer 12 April 2017

You can get all sorts of afternoon teas these days . Me--I'm a traditionalist- I tend to prefer the basic sandwich/scones/cakes & pastries sort of thing but there are a large number of variations on the theme. Scoff and Banter ( awful name btw- doesn't exactly raise expectations on how the place looks and behaves) offers a basic product that starts with tiny savoury dishes, wanders into an array of often quite unusual sandwiches, rolling on into an array of small scones which includes quite a few unusual takes (but not strangely enough the most usual ones) and ending with an array of cakes , pastries and small desserts. You get to choose two from each section and though the items are small there's no way most people are going to go away from here hungry. And that's even though they don't do what some of the best practitioners do and top up things that even look like they might be running out. The tea room is basically an upstairs lounge in the Radisson Blu hotel , so though the address is Oxford Street, you won't see it unless you realise that and also that the entrance is up a side road. The lounge is fairly large, dark wood, decently comfortable and certainly today pretty quiet. Its decent but a million miles from the overt opulence of say the Ritz, and I wouldn't send anyone here for a special birthday. Staff is a little sparse which tells you that they weren't expecting lots of people. That said service was timely and pleasant enough. The thing that didn't work too well for me is the food. Its not the menu/idea that's adrift, its the quality and flavours of what they deliver. We did find that the initial savouries sounded good but weren't very exciting at all and were served lukewarm. Then as the meal progressed towards stuff prepared in advance , it got a bit better, and the puds were actually fine. They didn't cover themselves with glory on the admin either. We had vouchers for the basic afternoon tea but they had other offers, priced a little higher which get you a glass of champagne or Prosecco. We asked for the Prosecco, only to find at the end that instead of the printed £5 surcharge pp they charged £9 pp. Apparently-and they said this without as much as a smile- if you go in there with a voucher they charge more for the Prosecco add-on than the menu price! Weird and naturally enough I demurred and equally naturally they reduced the price to the logical amount without ever giving the impression that they understood that there was little logic behind what they had tried to do. Afternoon Tea is a genteel product that has turned into a hugely competitive industry and standards and prices vary wildly. What S&B deliver -can't bring myself to write that name- is not great quality I'm afraid. My wife, a real afternoon tea aficionado, would name you a dozen places within a couple of tube stops that offer a much more memorable experience than this, enough to make you feel that if you're going to leave the place absolutely stuffed then at least you're stuffed with things you really enjoyed eating. The key thing about guilty pleasures is that they have to be pleasures, and this place have had a good idea to which they don't do justice.

Special offers

Complimentary Bottle of Prosecco for 2 with Afternoon Tea: £34pp

From: 01 October 2017

To: 31 March 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Complimentary Bottle of Prosecco for 2 with Afternoon Tea: £34pp

From: 10 February 2018

To: 18 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.