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    Mad Hatter's Tea at The Sanderson, London Review

    50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, UK
    Mad Hatter's Tea at The Sanderson Review
    5 Star Rating
    Tags: London, UK, Afternoon tea reviewsThe Bill: £58 per head

    If you’re looking for a more out-of-the-box afternoon tea experience, we would recommend the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel. This fantastic experience can only be described as artwork, with the Alice in Wonderland theme present and correct throughout each and every element.

    Although all elements of your traditional afternoon tea can be found, from sandwiches to scones along with a tea menu, do not expect to see your traditional tiered floral cake stands and ordinary finger sandwich presentation. Here you can expect colour and delight and a magical experience like no other that takes this afternoon tea experience to the next level.

    On this occasion, we decided to experience their Mad Hatter’s Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea, which began with a gorgeous glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. The wonderful pink hue and the sparkling nature of this Champagne truly set us up for what we knew was going to be a special experience.

    First up on the menu, we devoured a selection of savoury treats which included smoked salmon Scotch quails egg with caviar and cream cheese; Stack of King of Hearts ham and parmesan croque-monsieur; Cornish crab bridge roll with dill, lemon, crème fraîche and avocado and White Rabbit cucumber and cream cheese sandwich on pesto bread. These savoury delights were impressively delicious, with an the highlight being the smoked salmon Scotch egg.

    “Do not expect to see your traditional tiered floral cake stands here.”

    Following the savoury selection, we were served warm scones with Cornish clotted cream and fruit preserve. The scones were perfectly buttery and tasty and the addition of the clotted cream and wonderfully sweet-yet-tart jam made for a classic taste sensation.

    We then decide to dabble in the sweet treats, which included an impressive selection of sweet creations with so much attention to detail, it really does need to be seen to be believed. Our selection included the Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger; the mocha chessboard gateau; the Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier; the Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon; the chocolate and pistachio Blue Caterpillar; the Wonderland marshmallow magic mushrooms; the Mad Hatters lost carrot and fennel meringue and last, but certainly not least, the Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach “Drink Me” potion, served in a small glass complete with a straw.

    Before our tea choices we decided to sample a couple of their cocktails. I decided on the Chapter One - Down The Rabbit Hole, which saw Ciroc vodka, egg white, fresh lemon juice and raspberry purée. My partner opted for the Chapter Four - The Rabbit Sends a Little Green Bill, which saw fresh apple, mint, cucumber and lime juice, served with a celery stick.

    Finally for our tea choices, after much debate, I chose the ‘Queen of Hearts’, a Red Rose Congu Infused Tea with Red Rose Petals, and a hint of Vanilla and Chocolate. The subtle Rose flavour gave this tea an interesting and enjoyable personality; I could have happily sipped this all afternoon. My partner sampled the ‘Mad Hatter’, which was a Green Tea, infused with Passion Fruit, Guava and Mango. This is a tea with all the benefits of a Green Tea complete with a nice fruity flavour. 

    The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea certainly didn’t disappoint, afternoon tea can be found around every street corner in London, it’s hard to create something which stands out from the usual, for many years The Sanderson has managed to retain the excitement and intrigue for their afternoon tea offering and we were only too pleased to experience this.

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