My Mum and I have been to many afternoon teas over the years, most of which have been quite traditional – finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and a few cakes, well as an early Mother’s Day treat while my Mum was visiting I thought why not try something a little different and that is when I came across the Sanderson London’s charming Mad Hatter Tea.
The beauty about this themed afternoon tea is that it mixes the traditional with the surreal of Alice in Wonderland in perfect measures. You still get the scones, which I kind of missed from the Prêt-à-Portea At The Berkeley, granted not quite traditional, as they change daily when we went it was a chocolate scone and a cheese scone, both delicious. You also still get the sandwiches, rolled instead of fingers, but spinach and lemon breads made them incredible and the rainbow colour palette totally worked with the theme. Plus you can still choose a traditional tea, which is made magical by the addition of a paper crown to the gorgeous Luna & Curious tea set.
The magic of this afternoon tea is in the details and most certainly the sweet treats – there is the ‘tick tock’ Victoria sponge clock, strawberries and cream marshmallow mushrooms, an incredible chocolate tea cup filled with green tea mousse, as well as adorable carrot meringues served on a bed of pea shoots and the divine ‘Drink Me’ elixir, made from layers of passion fruit that you slurp out of an apothecary bottle, which is hard not to do without making a noise!!!
The Mad Hatter’s tea party doesn’t stop there as what would a tea party be without jelly, which is exactly what the Sanderson also thought as well as they have a ‘Jelly Wonderland’ where you are greeted with very unusual jellies made in Victorian jelly moulds, and if you think I am exaggerating one of them was made of lavender.
For two hours we sat, giggled, oohed at the goodies, snapped away at all the cute touches like the sandwich plates featuring zebras and birdcages, the vintage book menu, and the music box holding the sugar cubes, and I even forgot that we were sat outside, granted with heaters, but still outside, I really don’t have anything negative to say about the whole experience.
It was enjoyable, delicious, and left me wanting to do it all over again!!!
Mad Hatter’s Tea is daily from 11am – 5.30pm and costs from £35 per person. I would recommend booking and if you want to check out the menu click here.
Also as I was in a fancy hotel I couldn’t resist taking a selfie in the restrooms – how grand are these mirrors!!! For the full style post click here!!!