The Mad Hatters Tea is the Afternoon Tea offering from The Sanderson Hotel and it’s one afternoon tea I have always wanted to try but never had, so when I was invited by The Sanderson to ‘tumble down the rabbit hole’ there was a resounding YES from me. The theme of the afternoon tea is based around a Mad Hatters Tea Party and has been created by the Sanderson and Shoreditch based design collective Luna & Curious to create a fun experience.
We were seated in the Courtyard area which was great to be outside as it was a lovely sunny day last week. The courtyard currently has a marquee around it, to stop any pesky rain showers or wind ruining your tea in the unpredictable British weather. The first thing I noticed was the lovely crockery, the plates were decorated with zebras, birdcages and ticking clocks and the menu was hidden inside the book on the table. It includes the main afternoon tea and also champagne options plus cocktails.There was also a sugar cube music box, which actually played ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.
Alongside the plates was a napkin wrapped in a riddle, can you guess the answer?
Our lovely waitress then presented us with four little bottles, to which she told us were the teas to choose from. We were asked to smell each one and choose our favourite, if none of those however took our fancy we could always have normal teas too. I loved the mystery of this and I liked how you were able to get involved with the experience. The teas to choose from were Strawberries & Cream, Apple Pie, Rhubarb & Custard and Mint & Chocolate. After a careful sniff test I chose the Strawberries & Cream and Danny opted for the Rhubarb & Custard.
When our tea was brought out it came in these most amazing teapots with King faces and crowns, everything was thought out so well.
I eagerly awaited the actual Afternoon Tea and it didn’t take long before it arrived. There was SO much to eat!
Starting from the bottom you had sandwiches; smoked ham with mustard on tomato bread, cucumber & chive cream cheese on spinach bread and egg mayonnaise with watercress on smoked sea salt lemon bread. There is also a salmon option but we had no fish as Danny is allergic, which they were happy to accommodate. The lemon bread was my favourite it tasted lovely! Along the bottom there was also quiche of the day and a selection of savoury and sweet scones with herb butter, jam and clotted cream.
There is also a secret potion entitled ‘Drink Me’, which was my absolute favourite part of the tea, I won’t reveal what’s in it but I will say it includes passionfruit, ooh the intrigue…
The next layer saw cakes a plenty, with a ‘Tick Tock’ victoria sponge, melting mango cheesecake and a chocolate tea-cup filled with green tea and white chocolate mousse. The cup and the surroundings of the cheesecake were all edible. My favourite of these three was definitely the sponge cake, it was so light and fluffy. The cheesecake has mango spilling out of it which is pretty awesome and tastes amazing. The mousse is again nice and light and not too heavy, it also has popping candy on top of it! Everything sits really well with the theme and you are always finding a little eccentricity as you go up the cake stand.
At the top of the stand are the strawberries and cream marshmallow mushrooms, plus carrot meringues which you will find in the pea shoots!
If that isn’t enough for you, believe me it’s filling! There is a Jelly Wonderland for afters.We made our way over to the trolley to help ourselves from the jelly moulds including pineapple, raspberry, blackcurrant and apple.
Then it was time to be silly with the crowns and bubbles!
I really had such a wonderful time at this Afternoon Tea, I loved the surprises and the way it has been put together so well, it’s very creative and it beats the usual scones and normal tea, plus of course the food was delicious!
If you fancy going along too you can book online at The Sanderson, the standard Afternoon Tea is priced at £38 pp, with a glass of champagne for £45.