One of my favourite places in London, be it for breakfast meeting, taking visiting friends and family, a nightcap or a date night at the bar, Bernes Tavern in the London Edition has a special place in my heart. Inspired by the classic muted colours of Johannes Vermeer paintings and American artist Donald Judd, Berners Tavern has taupe coloured walls, dusty rose chairs, and a subtle play between modern and period detail. Tub chairs in the front of the space create a café-like setting, while banquettes in chestnut mohair and taupe leather and round, rift cut bleached oak tables define the central dining area. Two large custom bronze chandeliers inspired by NYC’s Grand Central Station scale down the original 5.5 meter (18-foot) ceilings to make the space more intimate, bringing focus to walls hung with a Trunk Archive curated series of photographic portraits, landscapes and still lifes in the manner of a private collection. The zinc topped bar is paired with custom leather upholstered bar stools and sits in front an illuminated, amber-backed display.

Over the years I have always wondered why don’t they do afternoon tea??? Finally it’s here – led by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, their first Afternoon Tea and a new roast menu served from 1pm until 5pm every Saturday and Sunday is finally replacing the usual weekend brunch. (YES!!!)

The fabulous new Afternoon tea at Berners Tavern, priced at £39.50 per person, is packed with delights to please both sweet and savoury lovers.

For those with a savoury tooth, gone are the days of bland afternoon tea finger sandwiches, as the shiny new Berners Tavern Afternoon Tea includes delights such as Smoked trout and horseradish croissants, Tuna crudo with pickled shallot and Bacon scones with whipped goats curd and apple.

Sweet options offer unique spins on traditional favourites such as Raspberry and Pistachio Macaroons, Bitter chocolate ganache with apricot jam and Lemon meringue tart with sesame and yuzu.

And then of course, there needs to be scones, served with jam and clotted cream (NOT butter!!)

Just as Executive Chef , Phil Carmichael describes, this is  “An elevated execution of afternoon tea, inspired by British traditions”. Additionally, for those needing something more robust than Afternoon Tea, Berners Tavern has also introduced a new three course roast offering to be served alongside. Also priced at £39.50 per person, this is another take on a quintessentially British tradition, and will change on a weekly basis. Start with options such as Buccleuch estate beef tartare with egg yolk jam, pickled beetroots and horseradish or Button mushroom soup with poached Heritage breed egg followed by main course highlights such as slow roasted sirloin of Buccleuch estate beef with horseradish sauce and Roast belly of Dingley Dell pork with apple and mustard sauce as well as a vegetarian friendly option. There are also dessert options such as Chocolate and mango millefeuille with mango sorbet and lime.

Feeling incomplete ? The restaurant’s Ruinart champagne trolley will be circulating the restaurant to add an extra sophistication to your Afternoon Tea experience; also Tea by Rare Tea Company, beautiful menu illustrations by Tom Berry and crockery by Freud’s…still want more? Go ahead book a table and experience it yourself.



Bernes Tavern
10 Bernes Street
London W1T 3NP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7908 7979