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Best scones in London

After having fantastic scones/strawberry jam at Brown's, we've been looking unsuccessfully for a place to reproduce the experience, but not necessarily another afternoon tea.

Any recommendations for a simple cream tea with scone/clotted cream/jam not to be missed? The one at Fortnum & Mason was a bit disappointing...

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  1. While you experiment, order yourself some of these:
    http://www.bettys.co.uk/product/Yorks...
    They are pretty darn good.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Foxeyblue

      They may be good but scones are best when fresh so a few days in a delivery van won't do them any favours.

      1. re: PhilD

        Obvisouly not as good as Fresh, granted. But if it is not possible to eat them there, from Yorkshire delivery should in theory still be the same day and eat them when you get them :)

        1. re: Foxeyblue

          You have more faith in delivery systems than in do or I fact Betty's does. Their web site says they use next day couriers or Royal Mail that takes two days. So assume a product is baked on a Monday, packed and shipped on Tuesday, it could be delivered on Wednesday (if you are in to sign for the courier).

          So your scones are going to probably be three days old and cost you £3.50 in postage. Given the number of bakeries in a London that bake scones there must be better local options.

          1. re: PhilD

            Personally I quite like the ones at Peyton and Byrne. Do you have any recommendations?

            1. re: Foxeyblue

              When in London I prefer my sisters - tend not to eat scones that are not home made as the freshness is essential.

              1. re: PhilD

                Completely agree. Poorly made fresh out of the oven scones are as good or better than six hour old Ritz Hotel scones.

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  Upon 2nd reading of my comment, I don't believe that to be true. LOLZZZZzzzzz

    2. I think you can find a simple tea at Sotheby's Auction House of all places. I've passed it several times while there, and it's very quiet and inviting.

      There are some good choices at Montcalm Hotel. I loved the tea there (various prices and quantities of goodies). The food was delicious.

      1. It's been a while now, but the Canteen chain used to be my go-to for freshly-baked afternoon scones, clotted cream and jam, available a la carte or as part of a tea service. They bake them on site and while I'm not sure they necessarily qualify for "best in London", they're quite good. They usually came out warm and the presentation was simple but elegant. At £4.50, you can't beat it.