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If you're a regular reader I bet you're wondering whether I've had something terrible happen in regards to my love for afternoon teas. Surely I should have had around 50 by now, right? My tummy can handle it, I promise.
Anyway you'll be pleased to know that I am here again with yes, another installment in my 'Afternoon Tea Adventures!" ready for generating some of those sweet, sweet hunger pangs.
So let's go! Welcome to -
"Pull up a seat and step back in time. Our Champagne bar overlooks Central Station and evokes the golden age of travel, with a sash of style and lashings of charm. Vintage Champagne is served in coupes, and bottles chilled in elegant vintage ice buckets.
For those feeling peckish, food is fine, flavoursome, and focuses on small plates and sharing boards. Afternoon Tea has a special place on the menu and is – of course – best taken with a glass of Champagne." Champagne Central, Grand Central.
So yes, of course, the adventure starts here! Dripping with divine chandeliers from the high ceilings and palm decorated walls have you wrapped up in luxury before you even take a seat. Lloyd and I were taken through to the station side bar area, where if you're lucky you can get a seat looking out over the platforms (sadly this time, we didn't, but the view of the room itself was more than marvelous).
Finger sandwiches: Tuna mayo roll, ham & mustard wrap, egg may sandwiches and cheese & pickle sandwiches.
Scones as always are one plain and one fruit per person.
Cake Selection: carrot cake, salted caramel slice, chocolate & coffee layer cake and a berry slice.
Now it's very important to note that unlike the afternoon tea's we've been to before, you are going into this one blind. The only information online and on the menu is the following:
Afternoon tea £19
Freshly-baked plain and sultana scones
with clotted cream and preserves
Sandwiches and savouries
Cakes and pastries
This can be actually quite exciting, as you may know from my Instagram stories whenever I take you through these experiences live that I tend not to read the menu too much, and leave it to Lloyd to read and then suprise me with his awesome memory when the plates arrive (ha...My silly ideas of fun!).
I'm unsure whether this is common across all visits, but what I did struggle with in regards to not knowing the selection on offer, is that the server didn't explain the tasties when they arrived at the table either, so Lloyd and I really did have to trust our senses to try and figure everything out. The service staff were also EXTREMELY busy on the day, and were not easily available to ask.
Thankfully a very lovely contact sent me along the precise menu which I've listed above, but do understand that afternoon tea menus can vary across the stretch of the year.
Included in the Afternoon Tea experience was one pot of tea per person. Unlike other afternoon tea's I've experience lately, we only had the choice of a regular black tea with milk (like English breakfast, you know? A typical English tea), and were given no other options.
You could add a cocktail to your order, which naturally Lloyd did, and it was very clear he enjoyed it massively. Even as a "non-drinker", I can confirm it looked ultra tempting (see above: The Flying Scotsman: Glenmorangie 10 year old whisky, Martini Rosso vermouth, demerara sugar, old fashioned bitters £9).
You do also have the option of upgrading your afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne as follows:
With a glass of Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Brut
Champagne tea for two £75
With a bottle of Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Brut
Despite the guessing game, each morsel was very deliciously made, with my favourites being from the savory tier. The bread and wraps were soft and fresh, with a very tasty egg mayo on the team (I love a good egg mayo!!).
The ham and mustard wrap was simple, yet yummy, and another firm favourite.
From the cake selection, my favourite has to be the carrot cake, and my least would have to be the chocolate and coffee layer cake. It was exceptionally rich (VERY good for chocolate lovers. I consider myself one, but even this was challenging me a little!), and the coffee flavour was actually missing I feel! I remember there was a layer, but I assumed it was just for decoration. It wasn't until I was informed of the flavour later that I was a little surprised.
In all honestly, and I MUST be honest as always, the way that the menu was a "mystery" didn't really work for me. For whatever reason, you may actually prefer to have your menu laid out in advance, maybe so you can actually check that you like what's on offer. Even if the menu remains written the same, but the serving staff take a deliberate moment to ask whether you would like a quick talk through the selection - that would be perfectly acceptable.
Adding an additional choice of tea or two to the menu I feel would also be super. Even if it's simply a green tea bag, or mini selection of herbal options.
Regardless of these points, the location was utterly gorgeous and for £19 for the basic option, the value is good for a more casual afternoon tea affair.
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