Some of my dearest people come from Norway, with one special girl in particular, who knows me even better than perhaps I know myself. She’s one of those. Any time I hear Norwegian, or Swedish being spoken on the tube or in a cafe, I think of her and wish I could just pop round for a cup of tea.
But it’s a bit tricky, what with the whole ‘other country’ thing and lack of private jet.
Boiled potatoes, pickled herring, cheese (apart from that weird brown cheese that I just can’t get on with) and gravlax remind me of happy times in Oslo, getting lost in the streets and peering into twinkling homes at Christmas times on our night time strolls…
So when Aster in Victoria invited me to try their new Nordic Afternoon Tea yesterday, I jumped at the chance.
Aster is right by Victoria Station… and I mean Right By. Except yesterday, I didn’t travel there by train, but I walked on foot with Alina (whom I met in Seattle and who is currently visiting London) from Kings Cross, via Soho, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace… needless to say, we were ready for tea when we arrived.
The tea is £20 per person and consists of tea or coffee, three savoury items and three sweets. The savoury treats were all substantial and quite a bit more filling than your average finger sandwich… They all looked very beautiful indeed and very very scandi in style ;) We had Atlantic prawn skagen on sourdough, Blackcurrant herring, egg on dark rye and Pork roll with aquavit mustard…
The afternoon tea was presented very simply on a round board, with no fancy pants silverware – all very simple, clean lined and scandi.
Everything was all wonderfully fresh and delicious, and so very beautifully presented. We moved onto the sweets, even though they looked too pretty to eat! We were treated to Cinnamon knots, Blueberry pies with rye croute and Lingonberry macarons…
It was the perfect little treat to share with my new Seattle pal, and the location really couldn’t be better, whether you’re hopping off the tube or trekking across London.
Thank you Aster, for our little slice of Scandinavia on a Tuesday afternoon.
150 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 5LB
We were guests of Aster and all thoughts & opinions are my own.