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What ho! Much-loved tube-themed bar Cahoots has launched spiffing a new afternoon tea.
Cahoots Ticket Hall — which opened in November 2019 as a sister venue to the original — has announced Tea for Scoundrels, a traditional British afternoon tea with a boozy twist. The menu is full of sweet and savoury food, plus plenty of cocktails disguised as cuppas to wash it down.
In true Cahoots style, there's a back story to the menu. The Scoundrels who run the place have, against the rules of rationing, come by a haul of tea crates, filled with a selection of cakes and cocktails. Choose your crate, from a choice of three, based on the cocktails within (an alcohol-free version is available, as are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options).
You're then presented with your crate, a key, and a telegram, and left to your own devices to crack codes and decipher clues in order to get at the salt beef, smoked salmon and cucumber sarnies, cocktails, and petit fours which lie within. If you get frustrated at any time, just let the thought of the final compartment keep you going — it's filled with ingredients for you to create your own cocktail.
Ticket Hall is located opposite Cahoots in Kingly Court, Carnaby. The decor echoes that of a post-war train station-turned-cocktail bar, featuring wartime and train station memorabilia, and complete with Lost Property section and Tobacconist & Grocery Store. Sounds absolutely top-notch to us.
Tea For Scoundrels at Cahoots Ticket Hall, 13 Kingly Court, available Fridays and Sunday. It's currently in a soft launch period, and officially launches on 6 March 2020. From £44 per person, including three cocktails, booking required. The Squiffy Picnic experience is still available at Cahoots Underground.