As I reported earlier this week, Selfridges on Oxford Street, London reopened its roof over the summer, putting on a truly â€˜crazyâ€™ 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 arenâ€™t cheap but they are very tasty. Although Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™t hugely filling, and atÂ Â£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 Â£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 youâ€™ll no longer be able to try the brownie out, as itâ€™s been taken off the newly updated barbeque menu, however Iâ€™m sure the other desserts wonâ€™t disappoint.
Clearly Daylesford cafe is not one of the cheapest options for lunch or afternoon tea, but itâ€™s a pretty impressive location and definitely worth checking out on a special occasion. You canâ€™t book but instead have to turn up on the day and hope youâ€™re lucky. However, although itâ€™s busy if youâ€™re willing to wait youâ€™re more than likely to get a table. Youâ€™ve only got a few weeks left though, so make sure you donâ€™t leave it too late.