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Lloyd and I decided to spend a day in London to celebrate the onset of Christmas with a spree at Harrods and Liberty London for some decorations, now that we’ve crossed the bridge into November.
Yes, I know it’s only November, but I love Christmas, and I love that things really start to accelerate with the festivities at this point of the year.
While local, we were feeling a little lost without our current afternoon tea fix for the week, so popped in on the wonderful team at Sanderson hotel for a rest and refuel with the famously fantastic ‘Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea’.
First and foremost, we were seating in a gorgeous "under canopy" outdoor area, with overhead heating. Bear in mind that it's October, and was a very wet and rainy day, however everyone was still toasty warm with the lovely natural surroundings to take in.
Within moments, we were greeted at our table by a very friendly member of the service staff who politely took us through our choices of tea, before explaining the menu.
There were five teas in cute little bottles to choose from, all with very familiar names from Alice tales.
The wonderful thing is that you can actually ask for unlimited servings of tea all included in the price! You don't have to choose only one to enjoy,
and regret not experiencing the other marvelous flavours in the selection!
I tried "White Rabbit"(China white silver needles infused with white grapefruit, vanilla and almond white chrysanthemums - The vanilla REALLY sings out in this blend!! Its such a comforting tea!! The almond also adds even more "warmth" to the flavour. Like a nice cosy cake!), and "Mad Hatter" (Green tea, infused with passion fruit, guava and mango - So fruity!! The passion fruit really stands out, and adds sweet refreshment), and I was very pleased that I did! Lloyd went for the "Alice" (China black tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers).
Sanderson invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination. Expect to be reminded of familiar characters and recall childhood tales along the way. Discover menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots adorned with kings and queens and sandwich plates decorated with zebras, birdcages and ticking clocks – Sanderson Hotel.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
My personal favourites from the selection were:
Not only is there magically themed food on offer, but you also have the option of adding cocktails to your experience. I love their names. Aren't they fantastic?!
AFTERNOON TEA IDEAS
Midway through the goodies on the table, we were brought over a little surprise addition to the afternoon tea selection. A small potted plant!
This cute little guy was actually only disguised as something for your living room side table though, and was actually a truffle, chocolate, and honeycomb cold dessert-mousse type dessert! Very lovely to look at, and rather tasty too if you like the idea of creamy sweetness to cleanse your palate with. I really didn't want to ruin it (but I did...).
The flower is also happily edible too, you know. The honeycomb sprinkles were such a treat too. I love honeycomb.
It's so incredible to think that afternoon tea experiences aren't just jam and scones anymore! I adore the traditional selections, however I love the fact that there are more and more "own interpretations" of the tradition popping up all around, and I can't wait to try them all!
The Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson is such a giggle, with gasps of awe at each serving. Alice In Wonderland seems to be such a fitting theme for this kind of thing, and having the "quirkiness" run through the entire menu is fantastic.
The quality of produce was top notch, and that's not entirely a surprise considering Sanderson is part of the SBE chain of hotels, which is home to the Mondrian who host the -
I MUST add though that you need to have a very sweet tooth to fully enjoy this experience, for sure. The ratio of sweet to savory favours the sugary side of things much more, so do make sure you love your puddings!
Price wise: On a regular service day, the standard afternoon tea experience comes in at £48 per person.
I hope you enjoyed the latest in our afternoon tea adventures! Which would your favourite be from the Mad Hatter menu?
Almost everyone's mad (for tea and cake) here.
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