My Love for Afternoon Tea

Do you knowwwwww the MUFFIN MAN? The muffin man? The muffin mannnnn?

Don’t worry, I’m not going crazy despite the high heat and humidity that have invaded Boston this month.

I’m simply asking, if you have ever experienced the magic of an afternoon tea at a little cafe called The Muffin Man.

Yes, it is a tea shop in South Kensington – in the middle of a residential area, quite tucked away in a corner. We stumbled upon this only because Jack saw it on his way back from High St. Kensington and remembered the name (I mean, why not?).

I’m extremely glad we decided to be adventurous and tried out the place out of blue because now, I can’t say enough great things about it.

The Muffin Man serves wonderful devonshire cream with freshly baked scones and delicious herb tea. But it also boasts a full flavorful menu – sandwiches, pasta, lasagna and even English breakfast.

Seriously, my mouth is watering as I’m recalling how affordable and delightful the afternoon tea was.

This tea cost us (Jack & me) a grand total of £10. Yes, for both of us. The tea at Harrods cost us close to £50. Ouch.

Obviously Harrods served a bit more fancy plate of finger foods, including smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and fruit tarts, but honestly, Muffin Man’s scones are superb, compared to those of Harrods.

Also, the setting. While Harrods gives off the stereotypical rich, classy, elegant vibe, the Muffin Man welcomes everyone – casual clothes, a bit dressed up in summer dresses, stopping by for cupcakes or sitting down for a cute date.

If I’m ever back in London, I am definitely going back to the Muffin Man – for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Not kidding.

It’s always the small, family-run, friendly restaurants that completely get me. They seem to know how to make perfect dishes and let you enjoy the food in comfortable, loving, welcoming setting, which, without fail, leads to a huge smile and the perfect level of fullness.

Oh, and one more thing. After a semester in London, I am totally addicted to tea. Thought my coffee addiction was bad? Well, now I grab a box of PG Tips or strawberry tea when I go buy a can of coffee beans with extra espresso. Oh well.

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