Notes On... Afternoon tea at Nocturnal Animals


Decapitated Barbies and pig-shaped macarons with eighties bangers for your soundtrack isn't exactly what you might think of when someone invites you for a spot of afternoon tea. But when this is the invite and chef patron Alex Claridge is the one in charge, you're not in normal town anymore. You're in new kid on the neon block, Nocturnal Animals.

From the restaurant kitchen, with a menu dreamed up by The Wilderness gang, expect bao, cheese Gougère choux buns and a salmon tartar dish on savoury, plus boozy scones and an eclair playing on the Asian flavours of the restaurant with yuzu for your citrusy sweet. Plus my pick, the irreverent Little Miss Piggy macaron, a crossover between sweet and savoury with bacon, white chocolate ganache and a perfectly tart balsamic gel. It sounds so wrong, but in flavour, texture and looks, this was an accomplished bite.

The experience, which all happens upstairs at street level includes teas, a meeting with Barbie that I'll leave for you to discover, and additional options for Champagne, cocktails and drinkies.

It's £28 per person. Book here.