be but delighted by the promise of a tête-à-tête with As someone who is less than thrilled at the prospect of shopping and easily overwhelmed by crowds, I cautiously agreed to meet a friend on Regent Street. Unsure of where lunch would my friend, I found myself outside Burberry one Friday afternoon. With the crowds of tourists and eager shoppers galore, I felt such relief at seeing my friend’s face through the masses and stepping into Thomas’s, Burberry’s new restaurant.
Greeted by a welcoming young waiter, we were taken up a beautiful winding staircase where this season’s accessories sought to entice your inner shopper to get the credit card out. But, as always, I was drawn to something far more interesting: the tea. With three of Lalani & Co‘s organic, loose leaf teas on the menu (and Monmouth coffee also available), I felt perfectly at home. In keeping with the decidedly British menu, we opted for wild sea trout with asparagus and a pea, mint and goats cheese tart accompanied by individual pots of sencha. There may also have been in a glass of champagne involved… The Grand Reserve 2nd flush Darjeeling served as light companion to our dessert: balancing the sweetness of individual Bakewell tarts to perfectly keep the British menu alive through until the end. I returned a few days later for a calm post-yoga breakfast of crumpets smothered in salted butter and a touch of jam. Rather naughty but I did have a pot of Okumidori sencha; my idea of a balanced meal!
Thomas’s acts as a haven away from the chaos of congested roads, endless crowds, pretentious cafés and bad tea. The service is seamless, the décor elegant, natural light beams in and nobody sits around talking at the top of their voice on their mobile telephone. It’s all rather civilised. More, please.
Thomas’s at Burberry
5 Vigo Street