I remember when Filmore & Union first came on the scene and everyone was hailing the healthy food. Seems they’re doing well for themselves, as they now have cafes in John Lewis stores in York, Nottingham, and Newcastle – where I went for afternoon tea.
First, instead of finger sandwiches, there were bagels. I loved this. I’m not one of these afternoon tea traditionalists who have to have it a certain way; as long as there is a savoury tier and a cake tier, I’m good.
The best bagel filling was the salt beef, gherkins, and sweet American mustard which really packed a punch. For scones, there were two: fruit and turmeric. The turmeric gave the scone a lovely colour but didn’t add much flavour. The cake tier was quite exciting with a white chocolate and raspberry blondie and chocolate brownie, which were rich and sweet.
The waitress then also brought over two juice shots which were a nice palate cleanser. There’s a good choice of teas available, and also the option to have coffee or Prosecco.
Afternoon tea: £28 for two people.