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The Muffin Man Tea Shop

12 Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, W8 6TA

Tea, teacake and Queen Mother's cake at The Muffin Man Tea Shop.

Kensington can be an expensive place but A had been to a good tea shop that was affordable and thought we should try it. She couldn’t quite remember where it was but we did find it first time and so I was impressed (you have the luxury of the name and address, you lucky things).

The Muffin Man Tea Shop is a good solid tea rooms with proper food for not too much money. A had cauliflower soup (which she said was excellent) and I had ‘The Muffin Man’ which was a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. We had a pot of tea for two that gave us a number of cups each and then finished the whole meal off with some cake. A had a toasted tea cake which she liked and I had the regal ‘Queen Mother’s cake’ – chocolate, dates and walnuts. Very rich and heavy, and probably not the most sensible choice after a big cookie and a large sandwich, but it was worth it.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Yes – The Muffin Man own blend – good and strong.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £5.60 for tea for two, sandwich was £3.70 and cake £2.80.
Cake? Yes and muffins and teacakes and sandwiches and soup and all sorts.
Go again? Yes – a little retreat from the hustle bustle of the main bit of Kensington.

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British Library Restaurant, St Pancras

The British Library, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

Tea and extra large muffin at the British Library

The British Library is impressive. You should go to the St Pancras site and look round the exhibitions even if you don’t need to use it for anything else. It also has rather good catering provided by Peyton and Byrne. I went to the restaurant of the London site to get myself some tea. I wanted cake as well but the cake was reasonably expensive. Then I spotted some gigantic muffins. They were big enough to have been sold as cakes, that’s how big they were. I picked coconut and raspberry and it had whole plump raspberries inside it. Look again at the photo, that’s not a trick of the camera, that muffin is actually bigger than the tea cup. The tea was okay, the normal tea bag in a cup job, but spotting those muffins made the whole experience seem exotic.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? No
Milk jug? Big one you helped yourself to.
Price? £1.20 for tea, £1.95 for super-sized muffin.
Cake? Yes.
Go again? Yes, but just because the British Library is worth visiting.