20 Jan 2013

Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson hotel London - review and spoilers!

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

Jelly wonderland

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.

Keep up to date with all things flutter and sparkle in any of the following ways - 


  1. i love this design, very cute and creative. Feel like Alice in wonderland! :)

  2. This is definitely on my list to try!

    1. You should, it's so good. I can't stop recommending it to people!

  3. Ah this place looks fab!! I'm a massive afternoon tea fan! I love how quirky everything is xx

    1. The attention to details is great, everything was so perfect :)

  4. Wow this looks spectacular! I am so jealous!

  5. It sounds so amazing! A really great price for what you get which seems to be loads!

    1. Yep, we needed a nap after eating all that, I could hardly move!

  6. Wow look at all that wonderful food, I love the mango cheesecake especially! My best friend took me to the ritz last year for my birthday and their afternoon tea was amazing!


    1. I always worry the Ritz would be too posh for little old me! This one was just right :)

    2. I felt very overwhelmed at first at the Ritz and out of place..but our lovely waiter realised we were nervous and made us smile and put us at ease. After tasting the yummy food, I felt like I should stay there forever!

  7. I love going for afternoon tea. The mad hatter tea looks amazing! I'd recommend Pret a Portea, which is at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. It's around the same price, but the tea is themed around seasonal fashion collections. I've been a few times and loved it :) x

    1. That's the other one I've had my eye on - little handbag shaped cakes and stuff. Next on my list I think :)

  8. Sounds like you had a great time. I love going for afternoon tea so will definitely be adding this to my list of places to visit! x


  9. Wow the sweets look a-mazing, i love anything Alice & Wonderland inspired :-)

  10. This looks so cool! I love the attention to detail. x

  11. after seeing this, my best friend and I are going tomorrow for dinner!

    we're so excited!!



Let me know what you think, and feel free to leave your blog link! I really appreciate every comment and always reply to questions x

Blogger Template Created by pipdig