Friday, 25 August 2017

Birmingham : Afternoon Tea at The Lost and Found

The Lost and Found was one of the first drinking establishments in Birmingham to snap up a beautiful old Victorian bank and really use its features to create a 'vintage' type environment. This style isn't for everyone, but they weren't messing about when it came to cocktails. Classic cocktails, properly made with good ingredients. And their own inventions kept things clean and simple too.

The pretty/grand location makes it a perfect location for Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon for a holiday or a birthday treat. Sipping tea and a glass of fizz, all the little treats, the presentation...

Inside The Lost and Found are lots of little touches to make you feel like you're in a 19th century green house. They're closing soon for a refurb but I hope the botanical features will remain.

You can choose 'traditional' or 'gentleman's' afternoon tea, to come with unlimited tea and coffee and the option to add a cocktail. There has been heavy eye-rolling over the concept of Gentleman's afternoon tea: it basically means there are more savoury items on it (because women like cake and men like meat amiright). Anyway, I actually do have more of a taste for savoury snacks and I love pork crackling so I chose the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea (£18.95pp)

Fighting the patriarchy one scone at a time.

There's something decadent about having prosecco and cups of Earl Grey Tea. I would have liked to see a larger variety of teas available- I do like a nice green tea- but Earl Grey worked just as well.

A few more sips of tea and fizz and the food arrived on a large slate, not your traditional tiers. However, it was very clearly set out with one of each item on each side and the scones in the middle.

Sandwiches on Afternoon Tea can be so dull but The Lost and Found have worked hard to include some fantastic savoury options here. Pork crackling served with chilli jam, ham and chutney and crispy chicken and chorizo baguettes, egg sandwiches and a fantastic scotch egg made for a picnicky lunch of joy.

There's plenty of places to get an excellent scotch egg in Birmingham but I'm happy to say this one held its own- the yolk was still runny, the pork was perfectly seasoned and the coating was crispy.

All of the savoury options were well thought out, generous and excellent quality. The ham in the baguette was thick sliced and the chutney was chunky and fruity. The crackling was a little too chewy in parts for me but I appreciated the effort put into making sweet little swirls.

Speaking of generous, I was happy to see a whole pot of clotted cream per person. You get two fruit scones each, ready to be topped with jam and cream. That way round.

Finally, just the right amount of chocolate came from the popcorn tiffin.

I felt great after this. Everything was generous, excellent quality and beautifully presented. Service was lovely throughout, with our server popping back regularly to see if we needed more tea.

If you don't fancy so many savoury bits, the Traditional Afternoon Tea (£18.95) offers smaller smoked salmon, egg and mozarella, avocado and tomato sandwiches with a little feta pastry, as well as popcorn tiffin, pannacotta and a trifle! This sounds equally lovely and does of course come with unlimited tea, scones and the option to add cocktails.

A lovely place to treat a friend for a special occasion.Remember it will be closed in September, reopening in October. Check the website for more.

The Lost and Found, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham

Photos by Helen and Edd.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

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