Feeling Mad…. Well its time for tea of course!

1 mad hatter's afternoon tea sanderson hotel menu_thumb[5]Of course I love everything out of the ordinary, in fact the more whimsical the better so imagine my delight when I discovered a little bit of wonderland in London

More exactly the Sanderson Hotel off Oxford Street who are now hosting Mad Hatter Cream Teas £35

The setting

Afternoon tea is served in the courtyard outwardly quite plain hotel. Walk on by the zen lobby and minimalist bar to find a space with a small Japanese garden in the centre with obligatory water feature. In the summer it is all open air and in the winter is it covered but with warm heaters to ensure you are warm. It’s the best of both worlds; fresh air with a chilled garden party vibe.

The delights begin with the menu which is concealed in a vintage book and sugar cubes inside a musical jewellery box

Tea

Presented in pretty vintage glass bottles with stoppers, the loose teas on the table smelled good enough to eat (seriously, hold back…). Flavours included rhubarb and custard, strawberry, mint chic chip and apple pie. i have to recommend the Mint choc chip which was like a fresh mint tea, with a subtle note of chocolate coming through at the end.

sandersonmadhatters1Sandwiches

Let’s discuss the presentation of the bottom tier. You won’t find finger sandwiches. Oh no. You’ll pastel-hued sandwiches rolled up tight like hedgehogs in a game of croquet. I found the sandwiches nice enough however slightly bland and the bread could have had a little more flavour

Scones

Sticking with the non-traditional theme here, you get two small scones with your afternoon tea and one of them is savoury. Saving the still-warm sweet scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam for after, you might want to go for the savoury version first. I really cannot praise the scones enough the texture and flavour really were superb, in fact i was sorely disappointed that there weren’t more

Cakes

There’s a ‘drink me’ apothecary bottle of passionfruit and coconut pannacotta, strawberries and cream marshmallow toadstools, a dark chocolate mug filled with a subtle green tea mousse and topped with popping candy, sweet carrot meringues in grass teacups and an unbaked cheesecake with a candy striped case and a yellow mango ‘yolk’ hidden in the centre.

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Elegant cocktails including the Pear and Elderflower Bellini and a punchy Scarlet Martini (definitely my favourite!) with Wyborowa pure vodka shaken with strawberries, cucumber, honey and pomegranate juice have been created to accompany this indulgent occasion.

Why not follow the white rabbit and take a tumble down the rabbit hole and treat yourself to a little indulgence… after all in his words You’re late for a very important date!

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