Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

For my birthday last week my lovely fiancé took me to the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in London. Baby N got to come too! I love afternoon tea and I love Alice in Wonderland so I was in heaven! With menus hidden inside vintage books, sugar cubes inside a music box and riddles on the napkins, I knew it was going to be a wonderful experience.

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We ordered our champagne and were asked to choose our teas from a selection that had been especially created for the afternoon tea: Mint & Chocolate, Strawberry & Cream and Rhubarb & Custard. We chose Strawberry & Cream first, then had Rhubarb & Custard. They were both amazing, they tasted just liked sweeties!

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Then we worked our way through the food, starting with the sweet items at the top and working our way down to the savoury items. The Carrot Meringues were yummy and I loved the pea shoots they were served on. I kept nibbling on them throughout the afternoon, they made a great palate cleanser! The ‘Strawberry & Cream’ marshmallow mushrooms were a little bland, but that might have been because the carrot meringues were so sweet!

The Match Green Tea and White Chocolate Mousse was delicious and I loved the ‘Tick Tock’ Victoria sponge. The Melting mango cheesecake wasn’t really a cheesecake – it was more like just soft cheese and mango coulis inside a white chocolate teardrop. It was really rich, I couldn’t finish it! The ‘Drink Me’ Potion was the last of the sweet items, a dinky little bottle containing a passion fruit and coconut concoction. Yummy!

2 mad hatter's afternoon tea sanderson hotel carrot meringue marshmallow mushroom
3 mad hatter's afternoon tea sanderson hotel tick tock victoria sponge matcha green tea white chocolate mousse cup melting mango cheesecake

On to the savoury items, the Daily Quiche was zucchini and eggplant – or courgette and aubergine to you and me! – it was so scrummy, it was a shame that there was only one each! The sandwiches were all amazing, I loved that they were rolled instead of the traditional little finger sandwiches. The egg mayonnaise one was my favourite because of the incredibly tasty lemon bread!

There were two types of scone, a sweet and a savoury. The sweet one had sultanas and the savoury one had olives. They were served with a fruit preserve, a herb butter and clotted cream. For some reason, Ian decided to put the herb butter on his sweet scone and the preserve on his savoury scone. A little weird to me, but he liked them!

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5 mad hatter's afternoon tea sanderson hotel herb butter fruit preserve clotted cream
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To finish off the afternoon tea there was Jelly Wonderland, a self-serve trolley with amazing looking jellies set in traditional moulds. We were so stuffed from all the cakes and sandwiches that we didn’t actually have any jelly! But I did manage to fit in a Scarlet Martini – vodka with strawberries, cucumber, honey and pomegranate – while Ian had a gin & tonic.

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It was such a great afternoon and one of the best afternoon teas I’ve been to. I highly recommend it!

29 comments

  1. Mmm, this looks great! Hope you had a lovely day x

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    1. I had a wonderful day thank you!xx

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  2. Wow that looks amazing! I tried afternoon tea for the first time ever last week (there's a pic on my blog if you fancy a look) but it was nowhere near as fancy as this! Hope you had a lovely birthday x

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    1. Thank you, I did! Yes I saw your post, they can really vary depending on where you go! xx

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  3. This looks amazing! Happy Birthday x

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  4. Those sandwiches are sooo cute, what a lovely spread! Glad you had fun x

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  5. Oh my gosh, how amazing! So glad you had a lovely time! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. I know, I want to go again! xx

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  6. This looks absolutely amazing!!! This is my idea of a perfect birthday gift!

    Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    xxx

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  7. Wow, I so have to do this,I adore afternoon tea. The work that has gone into the courses makes it a great treat at a really good price,considering I paid£11 for a sandwich at the hotel I was at this weekend,nice but this far outweighs it. Thanks

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    1. It was really reasonably priced considering how much you get and how lovely it all is xx

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  8. Wow it all looks incredible! x

    scottishwendy.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. everything looks fab and such a special treat!!! It love afternoon teas and this sounds like extra special... and yummy! xx

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    1. I love afternoon tea too, one of my favourite things to do xx

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  10. Oh. my. god. This place looks like a DREAM! there's so many cute little details to just sweep you away. I love how the menus are inside old books, and sugar cubes inside music boxes. and just look at all that food! this is the best birthday surprise, ever. i'll fly down to london just to eat there ;)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  12. This afternoon tea sounds and looks adorable!!! I love how cute everything looks~~

    Liz
    www.lizchewy.com

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  13. This sounds so lovely! The photos you took are just gorgeous too!

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  14. This sounds absolutely lovely and these photos are great and have managed to get my taste buds tingling!x

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    1. Ah thanks for the comment about the photos :) It was awesome xx

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