How yum does this look !?

London’s afternoon tea scene has a new addition as Hankies, the North Indian restaurant on Shaftesbury Ave, unveils its Chai Time offering.

But given its reputation for bold Indian flavours, street food style dishes, rotis and sharing plates, Hankies is breaking with tradition. The Chai Time menu features exotic delicacies like minced keema sandwiches, rolled chicken hankies and sweet treats of kheer shots (think sweet rice pudding) and syrupy ladoo strudel. Lucknowi-spiced scones are slathered with clotted cream and strawberry jam is made with a hint of cumin. There’s also a completely vegetarian menu, which boasts creations like crunchy bhindi bhel made from okra, paneer (cheese) hankie rolls and Bombay potato sandwiches.

Wash it down with a cup of Kulhar Ki Chai; a ginger and cardamom tea, or for those looking for something a little stronger; enjoy a Spicy Lychee featuring green chilli or the Old Colonial with gin, vermouth, Campari, marmalade and tonic. Alternatively, diners can choose from traditional teas like English breakfast, camomile, peppermint and silver needle tea – a luxury tea where only the top buds of the plant are used.

The afternoon tea menu comes priced at £15 per person and a glass of Prosecco can be included for an extra £5. If you’re looking for something more substantial, there will also be extra small bites available, such as lamb chops, spicy murg ke wings, crispy dahi puri and kachori poppers for an additional price.

Located on Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of theatre-land, Hankies Chai Time is perfect for a post-matinee or pre-show treat in a relaxed and informal setting.

With autumn approaching, Hankie’s spicy take on afternoon tea hits just the right note.