Tea, scones, cake and more cake – the best combo for a girl that loves a good sweet treat! I have a big sweet tooth, but not so much for actual sweets. You won’t catch me eating strawberry laces or percy pigs, however I love lots of other sugary items, such as cake, chocolate, macaroons, pastries… this could go on for a while! I’m also watching The Great British Bake Off whilst writing this trying to resist reaching for my snack cupboard.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel is known to be one of the best afternoon tea experiences in London and it’s been on my forever growing list of places to try for a while. The garden setting is magical and as pretty as I expected. Tea is served in the courtyard and the Alice in Wonderland theme is executed beautifully with everything from the teapots to the vintage books.
There was a fun fruity choice of teas and I liked the special touch of the tea leaves being presented in potion bottles to see and smell before making the very important choice of which one to go for.
Surprisingly, the highlight of the afternoon tea for me were the sandwiches and I’m not usually a savoury kinda girl. They were delicious and some of the best vegetarian sandwiches I’ve had at an afternoon tea! The veggie sandwich plate included cheese toasties, a cone filled with avocado purée, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches on green bread and a mini bun containing a flavourful hummus spread and courgette.
The themed sweet treats were presented beautifully in true wonderland fashion. The colourful desserts included coffee macaroons, red velvet cake ladybirds and praline chocolate caterpillars. There were a variety of sweets to indulge in, however I felt the taste didn’t match the high expectations from the presentation. Sadly I felt the flavours were not anything special.
Service: The service from our waiters was excellent! They were very friendly, happy to explain all the items on the menu and considerate of catering to our dietary requirements. I can’t say the same for the hostess who initially greeted us when we arrived. In my opinion, she was cold which killed the vibe a bit at the start. But hey, I’m not one to let one person ruin a foodie experience I’ve been excited to try for so long so I soon got over this!
Location: The Sanderson Hotel. Closest Station: Oxford Circus
Price: Between £48 and £65 per person excluding service
Perfect For: A special occasion