sunny april afternoon found i and i walking through clissold park up to stoke newington church street. dotting the length of this road are a host of curious caffs, coffee and sandwich shops and bakeries. we walked into spence cafe; and then into the parlour that had very innovative offerings for jacket potatoes only to be ousted by leisurely sunday brunch goers who wouldn't vacate any seats. we wandered back onto the street and seconds later landed up at the tea rooms. we had initially walked past it assuming that it wouldn’t have much to offer by way of savouries. i had a bowlful of carrot and coriander soup served with a wholemeal scone. the soup had an air of indian spice and tasted of it as well. the scone gave way easily into two halves and eating it revealed an after note of a hint of soda.
i’s goats cheese and butternut tart was full of warm earthy tones and comforting flavour. the pastry was exceptionally good too. i's afternoon tea and my earl grey came served in delightful british tea sets. glancing around we saw afternoon tea being served. a pretty little cake stand decked with small cakes, scones and finger sandwiches with tea served in the quintessential british tea set in white and blue is a good reason for a next [imminent] visit.