With its light, airy interior and simple white furniture, The Modern Pantry has none of the stuffy old-fashioned atmosphere that you may associate with afternoon tea. Thanks to chef Anna Hansen’s imaginative, innovative menu, this relaxed, friendly venue has already become a firm favourite among the trendy Clerkenwell food scene.
This year, with help from patissier Jennifer Moseley, the afternoon tea menu has been revamped and improved. Although the interior is crisp and minimalist, dainty floral china adds a traditional note and a nice contrast to the modern flavours of the food. While the sandwiches and scones may look like your normal afternoon tea staples, you can expect the same unusual flavours that you may find on the main menu, such as chia and mixed seed bread open sandwich with quail egg, miso, wasabi cream cheese and macadamia dukkah; and darjeeling and pink peppercorn scone with liquorice jam and green tea and toasted black sesame dacquoise.
The seasonal tea selection from Lalani & Co has a good balance of traditional and more unusual flavours, and the staff were very knowledgeable and on-hand to offer suggestions or refills, but were never intrusive. At £22.50pp or £27.50 with a choice of peach, passionfruit or lychee bellini or a glass of bubbles, this feels like great value, but it’s also different enough to suit a special occasion.
Star of the show:cheddar, caramelised onion and turmeric scone, curry leaf goat’s curd.
Scone rating: 8/10
Perfect for:birthdays, catching up with friends or just because.
Price: £22.50 per person or £27.50 per person with a glass of Champagne