Some former classmates and I had somewhat of a reunion in the form of afternoon tea at Taste of Britain. First of all, I don't think all the British Isles are represented here, just England. Between all of us, we sampled a smattering of what was on the menu: tea sandwiches, scones, soup, salad, teas and rooibos. My black bean, corn and tomato soup would have been passable, but it was way too salty. The house salad was standard salad fare -lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and had a generous portion of walnuts -not something a dieter necessarily wants. I think the scones were the highlight of the day. The other sweets -cupcakes and cookies- seemed pretty lackluster. I enjoyed my gingerbread roibos -a drink made from an Indian plant which is naturally decaffeinated. My friends remarked that their teas, served in individual pots with strainers, were to their liking.
The service was very pleasant. Our waiter put up with our noisy crew, and was charming and efficient.
So, Taste of Britain it really isn't, and I've had real English home cooking; it isn't that, either. However, if you're looking for a pleasant atmosphere in which to enjoy afternoon tea with scones, you might enjoy coming here.
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