Down with sugar! Afternoon teas don’t get more indulgent than Home House’s new high tea for clean eaters

Luxury private members’ club Home House has launched a limited-edition sugar-free afternoon tea with delicious new treats with NO SUGAR to coincide with the publication of Baking Without Sugar by the club’s new Executive Chef, Sophie Michell. Baking Without Sugar has already become a bestseller, reaching number 1 on Amazon’s Food & Drinks list. The afternoon tea is full of decadent sweet goodies that are low carb, sugar and gluten free and high in protein. As a person who suffers from eating wheat, sugar and dairy (YES ALL THREE) I was able to indulge a little for once and I had NO belly bloat afterwards.

The afternoon tea offers a selection of gluten-free finger sandwiches and scones along with clotted cream, homemade raspberry sugar-free chia jam and sugar-free lemon curd. Their desserts consist of sugar-free chocolate and raspberry ganache cakes, mandarin and rosemary mousses and passionfruit meringues. Add a chilled glass of Moët & Chandon and you’ll feel fabulous!

New Executive Chef Sophie Michell shares Home House’s vision to offer members and their guests only the highest quality food, freshest produce and widest variety of menus that appeal to everyone in the club, with the aim to raise the bar on restaurant standards in the industry as a whole. Top chef and food writer Sophie Mitchell has over 20 years of cheffing experience behind her, having trained at the respected Butler’s Wharf Chef School in London while working and training at La Gavroche, Michelin-starred Greenhouse, The Lanesborough and The Embassy. Sophie has released seven cookbooks, including the bestselling Irresistible, Cook Yourself Thin, Fabulous Food and Love Good Food. Alongside a long list of prestigious restaurants, Sophie has also worked privately for the likes of Claudia Schiffer and Leonardo DiCaprio. Sophie will be overseeing all of the private parties and events at Home House, including their Supper Clubs and a new series of members events.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Home House and one can meet the great and the good from all walks of life here, reflecting the very nature of cosmopolitan London. The members are a really diverse and eclectic mix of individuals from diverse backgrounds, there’s no dress code and it’s dog friendly. No 20 Portman Square’s original owner Elizabeth Home, Countess of Home was an outrageous lady who built the Palace of Pleasure to engage in hedonistic pursuits and entertain the aristocracy of her day. The Georgian townhouse has been lavishly decorated with extraordinary art pieces around the house and the collections are constantly changing, curated in partnership with Lawrence Alkin Gallery, one of London’s contemporary art galleries in the heart of Soho.

Above Home House’s iconic Adam’s Imperial staircase are the elegant neo-classical Drawing Rooms with views of the garden. The drawing room we had our afternoon tea in had a secret room that used to lead to the bedrooms! Opening under its present guise as a private members’ club in 1998, Home House today epitomises the elegance and grandeur of the house’s history through its infamously decadent parties, while also offering every modern comfort, service and privacy to its 21st century eclectic mix of members.

Home House is a home away from home. Afternoon tea is available to members, private event bookers and overnight guests.


Address: Home House, 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW

Written by Julia Nelson