10/02/2012 01:34:00 PM

Scones: The New Breed

The London Scone Club - a collaboration between tea makers Lalani & Co, Pret A Diner and top London chefs and pastry artisans including Ravinder Bhogal and Anna Hasen - will take place on Saturday, October 6, at 3.30 PM to raise money for Action Against Hunger (You can book tickets online).

Next week's event got us thinking about scones, which seem to be the 'cupcake du jour.' It seems fitting that this traditional English afternoon tea treat is making a comeback in a year that has been about celebrating all things British. And as with most food trends, they have taken on a life of their own. These days scones are much more than just clotted cream and jam. Here are some new ways to eat them.

On the Street 
All good trends start on the street and bringing the quintessential English classic kerbside is Braithwaites - the adorable mobile tea room who serves traditional treats with homemade jam. Or look for All_Scone - the scone stall at Hackney Homemade market and sample unusual twists on the traditional scone like cherry and almond or pesto and chorizo.

Unusual Flavours
Nothing is as it seems at The Modern Pantry, where scones on the afternoon tea menu are either a bright red beetroot version or made with green tea powder - both of which are served with goat's cheese. At the Palm Court in the Langham Hotel you can have plain scones with lemon zest, chocolate flavoured or raisin-infused, or try the gorgonzola and walnut version at Gail's Artisan Bakery.

Old Is Gold
Sometimes you just can't beat a traditional buttery, crumbly scones served the traditional way with clotted cream and strawberry jam. You'll find some of our favourite light-as-air, sweet but not too sweet crisp crusts on offer at Bea's of Bloomsbury, Claridge's, Jumeriah Carlton Tower and of course The Ritz.


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