Out Going The Modern Pantry
26th September 2012

The Modern Pantry

AUTHOR The Milk Maid
Afternoon tea is one of my favourite past times. Not only is it the perfectly presented combination of sweet and savory treats layered on a cake stand, it’s the ritual it represents. Taking Afternoon Tea is indicative that one has plenty of time; time to sit and wait for the tea leaves to brew, time to indulge in crustless sandwiches and bite sized cakes and time to appreciate a little luxury in the middle of the day.

I recently gave myself the luxury of time for tea and went to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. With sandwiches filled with tea smoked salmon, avocado and yuzu mayonnaise, or marinated feta and green pepper relish, The Modern Pantry is a far cry from the conventional cucumber sandwiches of The Ritz, but a dynamic taste sensation. Scones vary from savory parmesan, tarragon and spring onion to sweet green tea served with gooseberry compote and clotted cream, while chocolate brownies are blended with rosewater and sour cherry and cakes made with polenta. These unusual flavours and twists on tradition are the signature of owner Anna Hansen, whose cooking combines her Danish ancestry with a childhood in New Zealand and a culinary journey to the UK.

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Her philosophy is driven by the desire to please and excite the palate - using bold falvours and colourful ingredients sourced from around the world Anna manages to renew everyday cooking with her unique blend of global inspirations, nowhere is this more evident than with her Afternoon Tea.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner The Modern Pantry is a rare combination of effortless dinning and exciting cuisine; Anna has magically created a place that is both a haven and a hot spot, if I had the time I’d spend a day there sampling every possible course.

www.themodernpantry.co.uk