I wanted to treat my mum to something nice and very English. And what more English could it be than an afternoon tea? I was looking at various places, the choice is just too big! Laduree patisserie looked interesting, but then Charlie said: ‘you can’t possibly have an English afternoon tea in a French place!’ And then I came across the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party at Sanderson Hotel. It seemed like a fun thing to do and so we did! We booked a table and had lots fun.
The five star hotel is centrally located, which was convenient for us. On our arrival, we were seated in a large and bright conservatory with a water feature in the middle. The atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxing.
The tables are very close to each other and there is not much privacy, but that didn’t bother us too much. We were well looked after and had a lovely time sipping our afternoon tea.
Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party
We started by sniffing the Apple Pie, Mint & Chocolate, Strawberry and Rhubarb tea blends placed in miniature glass caddies. Mum chose the strawberry and I went for the Mint & Choc tea.
As soon as we ordered our tea, we tumbled down the rabbit hole. It arrived in pots adorned with kings and queens.
The menu was cleverly hidden inside an old vintage book…
Our plates featured zebras and birdcages… and…
…we found a box of sugar on our table… not just a box… it was a magical music box… with a ballerina dancing on the top of the sugar… We sweetened our tea while listening to the ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ tune.
The food at the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party
Our sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived on bespoke crockery. We enjoyed smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sundried tomato bread, Cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread, Cold smoked salmon and lemon butter on dark rye bread, Egg mayonnaise with watercress and smoked sea salt on lemon bread and a mini quiche. We also had classic home baked savoury and sweet scones with herb butter and fruit preserves.
The top of the 3 tier Afternoon Tea stand was decorated with ‘strawberries and cream’ homemade marshmallow mushrooms and a carrot meringue served on a bed of pea shoots.
My favourite bit of this mad, surreal and eccentric extravaganza was the three layer ‘drink me’ potion. It was so refreshingly delicious!
‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge was yummy.
Matcha Green Tea and White Chocolate Mousse Served in Chocolate Tea Cup looked really pretty.
The mango cheesecake coated in rainbow patterned white chocolate was divine!
We didn’t manage to eat all the desserts, it was just too much. Luckily the ever helpful staff brought us two boxes and we could take the cakes home with us.
We were also invited to ‘Jelly Wonderland’, where fruit jellies made in Victorian jelly moulds were presented on a Philippe Starck cake trolley. But we were so full that we even forgot about it!
This fun experience doesn’t come cheap at £35 per person, but it’s not every day you get to go to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with your mum!
50 Berners St, London at Sanderson London W1T 3NG