London has had a pretty good summer, with the Queen doing us proud, and the running thing.
We have even had rubbish weather – how else to make idle conversation? – rain to sunshine in a matter of minutes.
I experienced this when, walking along Wigmore street, I stepped into Comptoir Libanais to escape a shower and enjoy a cup of tea.
The interior was bright and joyous in contrast to the grey skies outside. A welcome bit of North African vibrancy. The shelves are packed to the ceiling with tins of harissa, huge jars of pickles, packets of tea, henna, olives, chillies, wine, rose-water and coffee.
You can buy colourful baskets and silver mint tea pots and sit on red enamel chairs.
It is all beautifully done – think the Mahgreb via Elle Decoration.
The food looks wonderful. Tangines, flat bread, wraps. Pastries and baklava.
They have a choice of teas including green tea, English breakfast, jasmine and chamomile and of course, their speciality, fresh mint tea.
I chose pomegranate, which was a sherbet-y, sugary hot pink drink, a warming and welcome sugar hit, which perked me up, and by the time I had finished my tea, the capricious London sun was out!
|Price of a Cuppa :||Pomegranate Tea £1.95|
|Leaf or Bag :||Powder mix – I think|
|Crockery :||Glass cup|
|Music :||I think it was sort of arabic pop – can’t quite remember|
|Service :||Very friendly|
|Kitty says:||Lovely bit of sunny North African vibe in Mayfair|
|Address:||65 Wigmore Street, W1U 1JT|
|Website:||Le Comptoir Libanais|
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