Afternoon tea has always been on my ‘to-do list’, I mean, who doesn’t want to escape from their ordinary life and be ‘posh’ for the afternoon?
Being an afternoon tea newbie, I had no idea there were so many types to choose from. After some humming and harring, I decided upon Little Nan’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea.
Little Nan’s takes afternoon tea to a whole new level with their quirky and unorthodox take on the traditional tea time. You can either enjoy a sober afternoon at Little Nan’s with loose leaf tea, or a tipsy one with cocktails.
Little Nan’s has three London locations for you to choose from – Dalston, Deptford and Peckham Rye.
The Deptford Branch, where I chose to visit, is just off Deptford High Street, literally next to Deptford station. It is located within two historical arches which form part of the oldest railway structure in the world (cool huh?).
Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm daily, though, Afternoon Tea is served between 1pm and 5pm.
Quick fact – The owner, Grandson Tristan, actually based the theme and concept of Little Nan’s on his own Nan’s living room.
Walking into Little Nan’s felt like stepping into a different world – from the leopard print wallpaper that adorns the bar to the mismatched furniture. It shouldn’t work, but it so does. I mean, the toilet has an Eastenders theme, it doesn’t get any more British pop culture than that.
(Some of the seating areas at Little Nan’s)
Little Nan’s is a quaint and attractively unusual venue. It is warm and inviting while providing an informal setting for guests to enjoy their tea and treats in.
I visited on a Saturday afternoon and the atmosphere was buzzing to say the least. It was busy, but not heaving, with the sound of gossip, laughter and disco anthems filling the air.
My mum and I chose the sober Afternoon Tea option. We enjoyed some loose leaf tea (Darjeeling second flush and ruby) to accompany our Afternoon Tea spread, served in a ceramic teapot in the form of a pig. We were given a selection of sandwiches, scones, mini cakes and pastries – the perfect portion size for two sharing the platter. We loved the beetroot and cream cheese sandwich, unusual, but so tasty.
Quick fact -Vegetarian sandwich options are available too, so please let Grandson Tristan know in advance if this is what you would prefer.
(Our Afternoon Tea spread)
Moreover, if afternoon tea isn’t your thing, Little Nan’s serves up a range of British ‘delicacies’, including chip butty’s and fish finger sandwiches, alongside a drinks menu that is longer than a piece of string. Drinks include a large variety of cocktails, spirits and beers, some of which are served in teapots. This is not only one of Grandson Tristan’s ingenious ideas but a great way for guests to enjoy their drinks in, without feeling guilty about getting tipsy, whatever the time of day.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Little Nan’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea to anyone looking for a fun and unique Afternoon Tea experience.
Little Nan’s is also the perfect place to enjoy some exotic cocktails, in an unpretentious enivornment, where you can order hearty food that will soak up tomorrow’s hangover.
Got a birthday, hen party, work do or baby shower coming up? Both the Dalston and Peckham branches of Little Nan’s are available for private hire.
(One happy customer & the man behind it all, Grandson Tristan)
Address – Arch 14, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4BX
Telephone – 07792 205 375
Website – http://www.littlenans.co.uk/
Nearest Station – Deptford