Sunday 15 August 2010

Review: Tate Britain Tea Update

Tate Britain afternoon tea Rex WhistlerFirstly apologies for recent quietness - a job has been keeping me very busy and away from the blog for a couple of weeks. To make up for my lack of afternoon teas I decided to pop to the nearby Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain today. I have written about the excellent afternoon tea there before but as things have undergone a few changes I thought I'd just mention it again.

Tate Britain afternoon tea Rex WhistlerFirst the bad news - the afternoon tea is smaller: there is only one scone not two; and the open sandwiches have turned into traditional finger sandwiches of egg, smoked salmon, and cucumber. Plus, it's now £7.25. But the good news is, that it's all still delicious. Today I was served a lovely mini cake with fresh raspberries and a mini chocolate eclair filled with chocolate cream. Yum. For a fuller review please look at my previous post.

Fiona Banner planeI'd actually gone to look at the recent William Blake acquisitions but was really taken by Fiona Banner's Harrier & Jaguar jet planes. Something about seeing these surprisingly small machines in the context of the neo-classical galleries was pretty amazing. I really couldn't decide if I thought they were beautiful or terrifying.

Fiona Banner art planeDefinitely pop in if you're nearby. And goodness me if you do it'd be simply crazy not to have an afternoon tea too. It may have gone up slightly but there aren't many places in London you can get a decent homemade afternoon tea on lovely china with proper linen for well under a tenner.

Fiona Banner art reflection plane

1 comment :

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