Bea's of Bloomsbury Russell Square

4.2
20 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Cosy
Welcome to Bea's of Bloomsbury The finest cakes, pastries, afternoon tea, and coffee, tasty breakfasts and lunches, in great locations around London, 7 days a week. Extra Info Please let us know via the Special Request field if you are coming in for Afternoon Tea. Please also mention any dietary requirements Once you book online, we will contact you to take 50% payment. This is to secure the booking and so we can prepare all the necessary ingredients for your Afternoon Tea in advance.
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EV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

very good service but sandwiches were not good at the tea time

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our remarkable meal under such a good environment. We will recommend our friends to have meal in the restaurant.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Went for Mother’s Day afternoon tea, not very good value for money. Service was great, but in terms of the food, probably better just ordering something off the menu. Been to Bea’s before at another location and was very happy with the afternoon tea experience and thought I would try the Russell Square location, being the new flagship store. Would not recommend the afternoon tea, especially as I love the scone’s and you only get one plain.☹️

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely little place with a great menu and atmosphere. Fantastic gluten free options (as a coeliac this makes me so happy!!) and they kindly allowed us to take some bits home to my mamma who was too poorly to attend our meal!

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CI
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to afternoon tea! Loved the gluten free option for my sister!! The scones were amazing and the service was great. Would definitely book it again!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience at Bea’s. Great experience and the service was fabulous. Will come back on our next London visit.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service (woman on her phone and toilet with a dirty plunger in a clear plastic bag - yuck). Nice cakes but a limited range (lots of cup cakes and loaf cakes but not slices of cake).

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C
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Staff were disorganised and quite slow, food was pretty dry and tasteless (cupcake and scone). Overall decor was nice but layout of tables were quite squashed and no background music

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HP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the staff was incredibly nice.

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LD
London
32 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The Service was terrible with the table not being ready, no cutlery being provided without asking twice after the afternoon tea food had already been served and a very confrontational and crass member of staff who appeared to be the manager coming over when we had a query regarding whether they provide a top up on sandwiches.

This is an overpriced, bargain basement afternoon tea service with dry bread, very average cup cakes you can get better quality at in supermarkets for a pound or two and the only item on the afternoon tea service that appeared to be fresh was the scones which were actually nice.

Not at all worth £30 let alone the time to visit. Best to spend a little more at a reputable hotel afternoon tea.

Avoid.

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RK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor and the food was really good. We loved the Carrot cake 😁

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was extremely poor. The food was mediocre and overpriced. Was an unpleasant experience and I do not recommend it.

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A
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They sat us early and were so accommodating for GF

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LY
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service is questionable - due to the set up you walk in and wonder whether it's counter or table service. No one seemed to notice we'd arrived so I went up to the counter to ask and then we were seated although they did try to tell us we were having afternoon tea, despite calling you in advance to ask if you wanted the afternoon tea or normal menu. 15 mins later we'd not been given water or a menu - went to ask and was told they were about to bring one. 15 mins for no one to talk to you feels a bit too long. We ended up helping ourselves to water. And when my tea arrived and I asked about milk, I was told they'd bring some but no milk ever appeared.
The brunch itself (we had the beetroot hummus with avocado and poached egg) was lovely. Could have been a bit warmer but it was good and well priced. The afternoon tea didn't look as high quality as I'd expect considering they say the cakes are baked off site specially in their bakery and then delivered to the cafe.
Finally, I think you need to book. They turned people away even though there were empty tables, so something to bear in mind. I didn't see anyone pop in to get anything to go either.
Great for a catch up with a friend (on the basis that service provided is minimal) but don't expect it to be quality service that you might expect from other plans with a £30+ afternoon tea menu.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

アフタヌーンティーをいただきましたが、美味しかったです。スコーンはふかふかタイプでした。上段食べる前におなか一杯になってしまったんですが、持ち帰りの箱をいただけました。メニューの説明は早口だったので正直何言ってるかあんまりわからなかったですが、見た目でなんとなくわかったので良かったです。

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FP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bea's was a fantastic afternoon tea experience. We were looking for a more casual way to enjoy an afternoon tea during our visit to the UK and everything Bea's presented us was beautifully displayed and tasty. It's an adorable and pretty little bakery worthy of photos and selfies to share with friends. Great value for what we got, lovely relaxed environment. Service and accommodation of allergens was on point - very nice and bright staff.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great clean decor. Excellent service and the brunch was delicious. Very good value too.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new space that Bea's have on Southampton Row is lovely! A great place to relax with friends or to get some work done over cake and coffee. Delicious baked goods and drinks in a calm setting.

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w
London
160 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice, if very flowery, vibe in here. Good food and great service too.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely and affordable afternoon tea. Great place to take out of town visitors that are Anglophiles.

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