Last weekend my boyfriend took me to London for a special birthday treat weekend to celebrate my 23rd birthday. After a lovely stay at The Mondrian Hotel (delicious food, amazing cocktails and fab staff) we made our way to the Sanderson Hotel for afternoon tea… mad hatter style.
From the minute we arrived it felt as if we had been transported straight into Alice’s fairy tale world. The surprises were never ending – from sugar served in a musical jewellery box to ice cream in flowerpots with chocolate soil, there were so many little touches that made the whole experience special.
Whilst sipping champagne and mocktails, we were given a choice of weird and wonderful teas – English breakfast and chamomile were nowhere to be seen. Ash picked an orange and chocolate blend, and I went for green tea infused with mango and passion fruit – all named after Alice in Wonderland characters and served in huge teapots.
For our first course we were given a plate of savoury delights including mini croque monsieurs, cucumber sandwiches (with bright green bread!), a salmon, quail egg and caviar scotch egg and a crab and herb éclair which were all delicious.
Then it was onto the sweet – three tiers of beautifully decorated mini cakes and sweet treats. The attention to detail was incredible and they really did look too good to eat! A few of my favourites were ‘The White Rabbit’s pocket watch macaroon’, ‘Alice’s drink me potion’ and ‘The Queen of Hearts Oreo cookie soldier’ although they all tasted amazing.
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love cake and so I was in my absolute element. To my delight (although probably not so good for my waistline) I was even given an extra piece of cake as it was my birthday.
It’s safe to say we both loved our Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea experience. If you’re looking for a quirky afternoon tea experience for a special occasion, I would highly recommend it.