I had the pleasure of being invited to the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with Mr. J and enjoyed the wacky yet elegant Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson hotel. By the way for those of you that are new to the Sanderson hotel this place is an essential part of the London hotel scene from the lip-shaped sofa that greets you at reception, to the flowing white curtained rooms and of course the ever-present Long bar. On our arrival this time we found not everything is as it seems, the menus were hidden inside vintage books. A ballerina jewelry box provided sugar that gave an original, and eccentric touch. The box was the kind you had as a young girl that played music after you had furiously twisted the key at the back for 5minutes of pure rapturous joy. These were my favorite quirks of the table layout.
We picked two from a selection of five unique teas (Queen of hearts and The mad hatter), which had their own blend of magic-ness in each pot. The ceramic teapots were adorned with kings and queens. I appreciated how each blend was tailored to the characters from the famous 1865 novel. ‘Alice- China black tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers.’ While we were having tea we also enjoyed the famous watermelon Sanderson cocktail alongside the enlisted ‘chapters’ of cocktails.
‘Chapter two- The pool of black and white tears – Zacapa 23 years old rum, frangelico liqueur, vanilla syrup and fresh coffee finished with double cream’
The sandwich plates were decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks upon which rested savory, specialty sandwiches which tasted amazing and were my favorite savory snack alongside the Scottish smoked salmon, quail egg and caviar scotch egg. Sandwiches included the Classic Cucumber with cream cheese and green lime bread, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur and White Crab éclairs. The crab éclairs were a little dry but other than that a perfect savory palate.
The ending was truly a divine one! My sweet tooth radar was going crazy as I saw other guest’s stands coming out of the kitchens. The choice was unending, The scones are sinful, the red velvet Ladybird Cake inspired tears of culinary joy, and time stopped when tasting the chocolate-coated, coffee-flavored Pocket-Watch Macaroons, which not only melted in my mouth oozing sweet coffee hints but were visually crafted to perfection. Displaying the menu wouldn’t do any justice to this wonderful creation. A well thought out, creative and tantalizing afternoon tea that makes the quintessential afternoon tea a bore.
This afternoon tea alongside the Dorchester-Park Lane, are my two favorites in London! I will be reviewing the afternoon tea there very soon, so stay tuned!
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