Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson – March 2016
From the moment you are seated you are met with happy little surprises, the theme is an inside outside theme … beautiful fountains and trees with a lovely marquee covering. If you feel the chill like me they will give you a gorgeous blanket to keep you snug.
We were welcomed with a smile and a dusty old book with a hidden menu to delight you with what was to come. We started with the teas, this selection comes to you in individual little glass bottles – very Alice in Wonderland – and if needed you could find out a little more information about each from the playing cards provided. I went for the Alice and my Mum had the Mad Hatter both were delicious and the sugar is served in a musical box complete with a spinning ballerina.
The sandwiches were amazing – the best I’ve ever had in an afternoon tea. There was a crab éclair, a cucumber & cream cheese sandwich in lime bread, a caviar scotch egg, and, my personal favourite, a crispy little Croque Monsieur.
Then came the cake stand … when it arrived my mum was in a state of ‘oh wow!’
This is not your standard cake stand, it is full of colour and little items that you can easily connect to Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter’s really have gone to town on the theme; from little pocket-watch macaroons, to playing card bourbons, to chocolate caterpillars, to the classic ‘drink me’ mini smoothies. There’s even a little surprise in the grass but I’ll keep that a secret so you have a little surprise too. It felt very magical.
Just when you think that is it; I can eat no more they bring out this gorgeous looking terracotta pot, like everything at The Sanderson; all is not as it seems this isn’t to take home and pop in your garden … nope this is a little pot full of passion fruit ice-cream with edible soil and flowers.
You certainly won’t leave feeling hungry!
An imaginative and unconventional alternative to the normal and rather expected Afternoon Tea.
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