Bea's of Bloomsbury

Price guide: Budget

First Floor, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

Price guide: Budget

Tempting menu

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#90 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Bea's of Bloomsbury

Glamorous cake shop and café that provides a tempting alternative to hotel Afternoon Teas.

Bea Vo, formerly a pastry chef at Nobu, opened her first outlet on a nondescript stretch of road between Holborn and Chancery Lane, yet soon it was full of cake lovers of all persuasions. This new branch in the City, near St Paul’s, is I would think simply stage two in a plan for world domination.

Food and drink: 

Cupcakes are still very much the vogue (they even do classes in icing them) but the eye-popping display of goodies includes various pimped-up brownie options, cloud-like meringues, and rich (I think too rich) layer cakes. But it’s not all sweet: lunch is served too. As a nod to Bea’s American heritage there’ll often be a hearty chowder of clam or chicken. Sandwiches are inventive – think manchego cheese with quince preserve, rocket, roast pear and chervil – while salads of the day will be based on pasta, couscous or barley, roast veg and cheese, or greens with a grabbag of Mediterranean antipasti. This place is very serious about its coffee and tea, using top suppliers, but it’s worth forgoing these for a cup of Bea’s excellent own-made chai.

Ambience: 

Feminine with rich floral fabrics, jewel colours, and chandeliers. Watching cooks at work in the open kitchen is part of the charm.

Service: 

Tends to be young but mostly friendly, if not always on the ball.

Location: 

The first floor of shiny new St Paul’s shopping mall One New Change.

Price advice: 

Individual cakes and savouries range from £3-£7.50. Set Afternoon Teas start at £9.90 per person.

Other useful branches: 

The original outlet on Theobald’s Road is theoretically in Bloomsbury, but not so close to the British Museum to make it a useful stop afterwards.

More information on Bea's of Bloomsbury:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Deli, Tearoom
Food:
American, British, Snacks
Address:
First Floor, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF
Telephone:
020 7242 8330
Website:
http://www.beasofbloomsbury.com/ONC
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
afternoon tea, cakes

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