Sanderson hotel in Fitzrovia has launched a new Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea in collaboration with Shoreditch based design collective Luna & Curious. It is served in the heated Courtyard Garden terrace, which is fully covered throughout the winter months.
All the crockery was especially made for Sanderson – teapots are adorned with kings and queens and paper crowns; and the sandwich plates feature zebras, birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks.
Sugar can be found in a magical music box containing a dancing ballerina, which serenades guests to the tune of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” when opened.
The afternoon tea menu is hidden inside a vintage book, linen napkins are wrapped in riddles and each tea variety is presented at the table on in miniature glass caddies.
The sandwiches include the smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sun dried tomato bread; and cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread. There are classic home baked savoury and sweet scones with herb butter and fruit preserves.
‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge clock and a melting mango cheesecake coated in rainbow patterned white chocolate are perfect for the lovers of sweet flavours. A carrot meringue served on a bed of pea shoots would surely cheer up the March Hare himself and ‘Strawberries and cream’ marshmallow mushrooms and ‘Drink Me’ Potion of three teas jelly & foam served in chocolate are definitely worth the Mad Hatter’s eccentricity.
If these treats are not enough to satisfy the afternoon tea guests, they can visit a ‘Jelly Wonderland’ - a cake trolly that circulates the terrace with fruit jellies made in Victorian jelly moulds.
Afternoon tea at The Sanderson is served daily and is priced at £35 per person. Champagne is on offer at £10 a glass.
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