Today I tumbled down the rabbit hole to enjoy Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, London. This afternoon tea experience has become an attraction or sorts, with people from all over the world keen to try it, myself included!
As it was on my bucket list of afternoon tea’s I couldn’t wait to get started as soon as we sat down. Afternoon tea at the Sanderson is served in a covered, heated, outside courtyard, further adding to the whimsical, wonderland feel. Lit with strings of hanging lanterns and background noise provided by the soft trickle of water features you can’t help but feel like you have been transported to another world.
When It comes to eating out I am a sucker for menu peaking, I can’t visit anywhere without studying what’s on offer before hand. The Mad Hatter’s menu is vague, so the element of surprise was there, although everything was explained as it was placed down on the quaint, marble table.
The staff were all very smartly dressed, polite and attentive which is a must. The five, Sanderson exclusive, Wonderland themed flavored tea samples were placed in front of us, which was a greathelp when choosing. I went for a pot of“Alice” a China Black Tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, and blue mallow flowers. Whilst nothing like the traditional English brew I usually enjoy with my afternoon tea it was a nice change!
Onto the food. Now, I have to say The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea just isn’t for you if you like traditional. Forget the usual finger sandwiches and French patisserie; this tea is laden with quirky, brightly coloured delights. The savories; Classic Cucumber on bright green bread, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur, White Crab Éclairs and a smoked salmon scotch quails egg. When it comes to the sweet selection the choice is unending; Scones (some of the best I have ever had!), a red velvet Ladybird Cake, choclate-coated, coffee Pocket-Watch Macaroons, toadstool marshmallows and orange and ginger “carrot” meringues are just to name a few! Everything in the selection was well made, however novelty was definitely at the forefront
when these creations were thought up. My favourite part however was Alice’s Drink Me Potion – this playful mini milk jar is filled with magical layers of passion fruit puree, coconut panna cotta and a mango gel and slurping it through a candy striped straw was a trippy, tropical treat!
I had a great time at the Sanderson, and the Mad Hatter’s spread was creative and exciting, not to mention it took a great picture! I would recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, relaxed experience at a reasonable price, but not for anyone wanting a traditional serving
Want to book your place on the Mad Hatter’s journey? Visit the Sanderson’s website here.