Food,  UK

Rooftop lunch at Selfridges’ Daylesford cafe

2012-09-01 12.08.02As I reported earlier this week, Selfridges on Oxford Street, London reopened its roof over the summer, putting on a truly ‘crazy’ golf experience as well offering patrons the chance to luncheon in a quintessentially English cafe.

Although the crazy golf has now come to an end, the lovely people at Selfridges have extended the opening of the Daylesford cafe until the end of September, from midday to 9pm.

Taking the special lift up to the roof gives you the chance to feel rather special and the decorations do add to the experience. After wandering down the afroturfed corridor you turn left and walk out onto the (hopefully) sunny terrace to find a cafe with a picnic feel to it, decorated with freshly growing herbs and plants.

Serving organic food direct from the Daylesford farm, the options aren’t cheap but they are very tasty. Although I’m a huge fan of afternoon tea I was disappointed to discover they only offered fruit scones (boo!) and so I decided to instead try out the open Angus Aberdeen sandwich. The meat was indeed delicious and cooked just right and the crunchy salad was peppery perfection, but I have to say it wasn’t hugely filling, and at £10, I was hoping for a little more.

Of course that meant I had to try out a dessert, right? I went for a homemade brownie, which although it was still pretty expensive for a sweet (almost £7!) was so large I couldn’t eat it all. It was gorgeous but amazingly rich, almost the texture of fudge, but then broken up by slabs of hard white chocolate that were layered inside the gooey goodness. Not to be beaten, they kindly boxed it up for me to finish off later that day. Sadly you’ll no longer be able to try the brownie out, as it’s been taken off the newly updated barbeque menu, however I’m sure the other desserts won’t disappoint.

Clearly Daylesford cafe is not one of the cheapest options for lunch or afternoon tea, but it’s a pretty impressive location and definitely worth checking out on a special occasion. You can’t book but instead have to turn up on the day and hope you’re lucky. However, although it’s busy if you’re willing to wait you’re more than likely to get a table. You’ve only got a few weeks left though, so make sure you don’t leave it too late.

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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