It's been a while since I had afternoon tea. I think I said it before, the idea of paying £40 for some sandwiches and scones still bewilders me. But I suppose there are occasions that warrants an afternoon tea.
When Denice suggested the Alice in the Wonderland themed Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea on a beautiful British summer day, I was genuinely excited. We were lucky enough to be seated in the courtyard with a little round marble table, under the sun with a gentle summer breeze. Bliss.
Denice fell in love with the ballet-dancer music box and the quirky, arty crockery designs aptly chosen to fit the fairy tale theme. After our champagne, we were presented with small perfume bottles of novelties tea leaves to sniff before we pick one: Rhubarb & Custard, Chocolate & Mint, Apple Pie and Strawberry & Cream. They all smelt incredibly sweet and had strong resemblance to the desserts.
Then we kicked off our fancy Wonderland hour...
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea
Smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sundried tomato bread
Cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread
Cold smoked salmon and lemon butter on dark rye bread
Egg mayonnaise with watercress and smoked sea salt on lemon bread
Carrot meringue served on a bed of pea shoots
'Strawberries and cream' homemade marshmallow mushrooms
'Tick Tock' traditional Victoria sponge
Melting mango cheesecake
Matcha Green Tea with White Chocolate Mousse served in chocolate Tea Cup
'Drink Me' Potion
Homemade savoury and sweet scones, served with herb butter and fruit preserves with clotted cream
The sandwiches were standard, but I was quite impressed by the range of sweet treats. The melting mango cheesecake was made with a thin sheet of white chocolate encasing airy, fluffy cream cheese with a running mango compote that came gushing as the spoon dug in. The green team mousse was fragrant with a surprising sprinkle of popping candy. Drink Me potion was an exotic, refreshing thick milkshake of passionfruit and mango.
It was a beautiful afternoon in a beautiful garden with a beautiful Mrs Fisher.
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