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Tea, Cake & Cocktails – Drink Shop Do

1 Aug

A little while ago, The HTC gals and gorgeous contributor Eleni wandered over the the Caledonian Road to check out the relatively new (although oh so up and coming) cakery ‘n’ makery that is Drink Shop Do, just tucked off the beaten path in King’s Cross, London.

We’d wanted to check out this place for ages, ever since we came across them via Twitter, and thought they would be perfect for the listeners of The High Tea Cast. The styling, the cocktails, the cake and the ethos of most of the stuff in the shop being vintage and for sale – it seemed cute, kitsch and right up my street.

And we weren’t disappointed. At about 4pm on a very hot Saturday afternoon it was packed, but we found ourself a little space and just looked around, open mouthed. To the left there was a fabulous little party of craft and cake going on, with cotton everywhere and cake stands a-plenty. To the right was a group of beautiful ladies, dressed to the nines in their 1940′s vintage finest – we were desperate to just join in with them!  And then all around were couples, groups and gal pals like us in search of a fab atmosphere and even better cake.

We spotted the milkshakes and couldn’t resist, with Lea (above) trying the Chocolate Malty Balls, and Eleni and I diving straight into the Oreo Milkshake. We each ordered a plate of tiny little sandwiches (cut into triangle shapes – obviously) and then pondered over the cake list.

As you can see, we all ordered the same – Honey and Lavender. And no, they don’t skimp on portion sizes. The cake was beautifully moist which is impressive for towards the end of the day, and an oft overlooked thing. I like my cake pretty and I like it moist and preferably both at the same time.  There is a lot of style over substance in some London cafes these days, but not at Drink Shop Do.

And we actually couldn’t finish it. I enjoyed the Honey and Lavender, but it was quite sickly and I could have done with a bit less. That said, it was an unusual flavour combination, and I’d like to try and grab a recipe from somewhere to try it out.

If you are in the King’s Cross area we’d really recommend a trip to Drink Shop Do. Just to soak up the amazing ambience they have created.  Next time I’m hoping to kick back with an Amaretto Sour in full vintage get up. Until then, The HTC lasses are going back again on the 5th August for the Cherry Sorbet blog event with BangsandaBun. Although we have our eyes on the vintage hair classes and the bingo nights!

* you can hear more of our thoughts on Drink Shop Do on Episode 1 of the podcast, “Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing People”.

** edited from an original review from Sam’s blog, allthingsgoodandproper.wordpress.com