Back in August I was treated to a Low Tea at The Luggage Rooms and it was every bit as curious and out-of-the-ordinary as you could imagine. Why, you ask? Because The Luggage Rooms is a bar hidden away in the corner of Grosvenor Square (and when I say hidden, I mean really hard to find) and isn’t your average afternoon tea venue. It takes its spirit from the roaring Twenties, which is one of the reasons I was so excited to visit, and as I found out The Luggage Rooms are every inch as captivated about their inspiration as they were about their food and drink. It’s definitely something a bit different.
On arrival we were greeted with one of those speakeasy peephole doors that wouldn’t look out of place in a movie. Upon entering the underground bar, its liquor displays and period features were instantly evident. A large old leather suitcase became our table, whilst leather and studs adorned the walls. The barman was creating quirky maritnis as we took our seats and the glamour, style and decadence of a 1920’s bar was immediately evident.
Our Low Tea consisted of a fantastic tea tasting beforehand, and our server was quick to inform us of the history of the Low Tea – created by The Duchess of Bedford who had tea and biscuits on a low side table to help stave off her hunger before a late dinner. I can reveal we certainly didn’t need dinner once we’d indulged in the menu!
The Low Tea menu consisted of Wild Boar sausage rolls, Clarence Court Scotch Eggs, Mushroom Crème Fraiche Tarts amongst other savory creations and a Rum Syllabub to cleanse the palette in between courses. It all came in a old style medicine cabinet for that 1920’s feel. The sweet treats were by far my most favourite elements. The Jam Jar Scone Trifle, Carrot cake and Victoria Sponge were so good and I loved that the trifle was made with scones, in a jam jar.. very unique. It even had its own bespoke label! (It’s the little things..)
Combining the traditional and the fun, it was safe to say we were suitably stuffed after our Luggage Room experience and we left feeling like we’d experience the comfort and cosines of a real 1920’s bar.