If you love Barcelona but miss fresh milk and home made scones, Albion Food and Events
have a surprise in store for you. Set in the heart of the city, in a secret location in the Gothic quarter, British Ex-Pat Claire has set up a Pop-Up Afternoon Tea party that takes places on a Saturday afternoon.
After making my way through the winding streets of El Gotico (Google Maps is advised), I was greeted at the door of a seemingly unassuming building. Once inside I was led into a beautifully bright courtyard filled with mix match furniture, make shift tables and hanging baskets making it feel like I’d just stepped into a hidden oasis. After inevitably getting lost down several alleyways, the offer of a chilled Pimms cocktail (think a British Sangria) was wonderfully refreshing, however, there was also a non-alcoholic option also on offer.
As guests mingled in the courtyard, our host Claire provided the finishing touches to a wonderful array of baked treats that were all handmade. Guests found their seats according to hand written place names and we were treated to an introduction on the history of the Afternoon Tea as we sipped on a glass of Cava.
No detail was left unattended to, even the cucumber sandwiches had their crusts cut off, which, as one guest pointed out that this was an afternoon tea staple made famous by Oscar Wilde in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’ Sausage rolls, cheddar cheese and chutney followed which made way for the scones in true Afternoon Tea style, home baked and accompanied by home made jam and clotted cream. Breakfast tea and Earl Grey were the teas on offer and as I began to fill up, the tea and conversation kept flowing but the sweets were just too good to resist. Frangipane squares, Coconut Balls and Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes that were all delicious.
As the afternoon wound on, I had a great chance to mix with locals and ex-pats alike. The conversation inevitably revolved around food and it was a fantastic way for a newcomer to find out about some of Barcelona’s hidden culinary gems.
At €20 per person, you are guaranteed to leave on a full stomach and the best part is that a donation is made from each guest to the charity Arrels Fundació that helps the homeless in Barcelona.
Reservations can be made by emailing Claire at email@example.com
or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlbionBcn.