There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.
One fine Friday afternoon, my fellow Kenyan blogging friend H and I found ourselves at such a place. The Long Bar at the Sanderson Hotel, to celebrate friendship, blogging and adventures, both past and upcoming.
H is a woman of many talents. A passionate partner at a law firm by day and a wanderlusting travel blogger for the rest of the time, and her adventures have taken her off the beaten track in many parts of the world, with her equally passionate partner of a (different) law firm husband M, who is an amazing photographer in his spare time.
It was a warm day so cooling refreshing cocktails were much needed. We had the Al Fresco, which is a blend of Kendrick’s Gin, Cucumber, Cinnamon, Thyme and Fever Tree tonic, as well as the Cucumber and Cinnamon, which was a mixture of Hendrick’s, cucumber, a cinnamon stick, thyme syrup and fever tree tonic.
Once the cocktails arrived, we tumbled down the rabbit hole and arrived at our designated table, ready for our joint blogging adventure – an afternoon of fun, giggles, inspiration and lots of indulgence. We had chosen the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea as H loves the story Alice in Wonderland and this had been on her wish list.
What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?
The menu was hidden inside a vintage book, and I had already had a sneak peek on the website earlier and so was very excited to find that everything was different to the previous time I had visited the Sanderson for the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea.
I loved how the sugar cubes were hidden inside a jewellery box, and the whole eclectic, eccentric and quirky nature of it all makes it so much fun!
A sniff off the different teas, and we decided on a choice of tea each. H went for the Alice and loved the teas so much she actually purchased some to take away back to Kenya! I went for the Cheshire Cat (not because I am a crazy cat lady).
You’re nothing but a pack of cards!
The teas were each described on an individual card within a pack of cards which was such a lovely and novel idea. The waiter was so nice he gave us both a set to take home at the end as memories from this afternoon tea.
Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.
Our Teas soon arrived, and I was so pleased to see that they had retained the eccentric but trendy tea pots, cups and saucers and plates, that I had loved so much! Even more pleased after much investigation that you can buy these from http://lunaandcurious.com
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
Then arrived the 3 layered cake stand full of intriguing treats, sandwiches and scones. H and I stared at to with wonder, making that all important decision of what to start with first!
The entire selection was as follows:
SCOTTISH SMOKED SALMON, QUAIL EGG AND CAVIAR SCOTCH EGG
WILTSHIRE HAM AND SMOKED APPLEWOOD CROQUE-MONSIEUR
CORNISH CRAB AND HERB ECLAIR
CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE SANDWICH ON FRESH LIME BREAD
THE BLUE CATERPILLAR
WONDERLAND’S MAGIC MARSHMALLOW MUSHROOMS
CURIOUS CARROT MERINGUE
THE WHITE RABBIT’S POCKET WATCH MACAROON
RED VELVET LADYBIRD
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS OREO COOKIE SOLDIER
ALICE’S DRINK ME POTION
SCONES SERVED WITH SEASONAL FRUIT PRESERVES AND CORNISH CLOTTED CREAM
We started with the sandwiches first, and the Wiltshire Ham and Smoked Applewood Croque Monsieur was a firm favourite for us both. The Cucumber and Cream Cheese on Lime bread was my second favourite.
Then H had the scones, a quintessentially British aspect of afternoon tea. These are served with clotted cream and fruit preserve.
Then it was all the treats! We started with the Wonderland’s magic marshmallow mushrooms and Curious carrot meringue, working our way from the top layer. The carrots were hidden in a little pot. Cutest aspect!
Next was the blue caterpillar, which had a chocolate brownie texture, and adorable.
Red Velvet Ladybird was next. Again, delicious and novel. I love all the creativity that has gone into this afternoon tea.
Banana bread and butterfly was next. Very pretty, and the banana bread’s texture and taste was on point!
The Queen of heart’s oreo cookie soldier was the one I was most excited about. (Anything Oreo related gets my attention.) It was every bit as delicious as I had hoped it would be, and not overly sweet.
The White’s Rabbit’s Pocket Watch Macaroon had H in a dilemma. To eat it or not! She couldn’t bring herself to spoil it and wanted to take it away with her but eventually it was eaten. It was delicious, with hints of coffee. A nice one to end with!
Finally (well we thought it was the last item), was Alice’s drink me potion. The serving glass of this has changed since my last visit, and I like this new clear glass jar!
It had a layer of passion fruit, coconut panna cotta and mango puree. It was like heaven in a bottle. The perfect concoction for a mental tropical escape.
Full, happy and feeling inspired, we carried on chatting and the waiter arrived, with a tray of these gorgeous plants.
Everything is not what it seems, and this was a surprise treat, of chocolate soil, passion fruit ice cream, honeycomb and edible flowers. Everything went perfectly together, even though it was such a quirky and unusual combination.
We had a wonderful time, and it is the perfect venue for a catch up over some treats with family and friends, or for a special occasion or date, or even a hen do!
For more information go to: https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-sanderson-london
To read H’s blog, go to: http://harpreetswanderlust.com