On Saturday afternoon I went along to the Sanderson Hotel in London with three of my friends for an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter's tea party. Everything was so wonderfully presented and intricately detailed that I couldn't help taking photos of everything. It was the most perfect afternoon out for my friend Heather's birthday and the theme made it the best afternoon tea I've tried.
My zebra place setting (each one was different)
A choice of teas - Rhubarb and Custard, Green Tea and Lemongrass, Earl Grey and English Breakfast
Rhubard and Custard tea taken with milk and sugar!
Sugar cubes were served in a beautiful music box
The menu within a book
The amazing mad hatter sweets and savouries
Smoked salmon and lemon butter on rye bread
Smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sundried tomato bread
Cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread
Egg mayonnaise with watercress and smoked sea salt on lemon bread
Red pepper and parmesan quiche
Cheese scone with herb butter
Banana and chocolate chip scone with jam and clotted cream
Carrot meringue on a bed of pea shoots
Strawberries and cream marshmallow mushroom
'Drink me' potion
Matcha green tea and white chocolate mousse served in a chocolate tea cup
Tick tock traditional Victoria sponge
Melting mango cheesecake
Doesn't it look amazing? It tastes as good as it looks and my goodness were we full. You get one goodie crammed cake stand between two people and it was a real struggle to eat it all, but we didn't want to miss experiencing any of it, so we tried our best. We ended up n a slight sugar coma after eating it all, but we loved it and it was worth it.
My favourite thing was probably the 'drink me' potion. It was a layered drink in a little bottle with a straw and we were instructed to sip it slowly to experience all of the flavours. I can;t remember what they all were but it started off tasting like gorgeous passion fruit and ended with a really creamy taste which was just delicious.
The choices of tea were great and although I thought I'd hate rhubarb and custard tea I actually loved it and tried it both on its own and with ilk and sugar as our waitress recommended. I got through nearly a whole pot by myself! Unlike other afternoon teas I've been to, we were allowed to try all four of the tea choices and were told we could get as many refills as we liked.
The savouries were all really tasty - we decided to start with those before moving onto the sweet stuff, but once we were maxed out on sugar we started craving a little salt again, so maybe we should have mixed and matched. I liked the way the sandwiches were rolled, somehow it made them taste nicer and I even enjoyed the one on rye bread, which is usually a bit of an acquired taste.
The attention to detail made this afternoon tea such a wonderful experience, but what really topped it was the service. We were attended to by several people in addition to our main waitress and they were all so lovely and didn't seem to mind our madness and even shared jokes with us. I think some afternoon teas in London hotels have a reputation for being a little pretentious, so it was so nice to be able to relax here and not to worry about laughing to loudly or having too much of a good time!
The mad hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson hotel was £35 per person, or you could have a glass of champagne included for £45. I'd thoroughly recommend it for a lovely afternoon out and I'm itching to try another afternoon tea soon.
Have you been for afternoon tea anywhere in London? I'd love to hear your recommendations.
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