A while ago I went to the Sanderson Hotel in London for the ‘Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea’ which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. I don’t usually see a lot of themed food sets in The U.K , so I was intrigued to venture down the rabbit hole and see what it was all about. The hotel is located close to Oxford Circus station and Tottenham Court Road station.
This is the outside of the hotel.
The inside of the hotel was very modern and minimalistic.
Where we sat, the atmosphere was very relaxed and classy.
The ‘Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea’ was an afternoon tea set with a Savory and Sweet menu. It was a set price, so you could have as much as you wanted and you were allowed to stay at the table for two hours maximum.
There were five different kinds of Sanderson exclusive tea. Each tea was displayed in an Alice in Wonderland esque glass bottle, named after a character from Alice in Wonderland.
Alice, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter. There were also cards with the information about each tea printed on them. I tried all of the tea. I thought that the Mad Hatter tea was the best , as I enjoyed the aroma of the green tea blend.
The tea was served in a stylish teapot. I was wondering where I could purchase the china.
The first course was the Savory course, which wasn’t themed This included the following;
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.
I didn’t eat the croque-monsieur because I don’t eat meat but I eat fish. I ended up giving them to my meat eating companion. My favourite item from the Savory menu was the Scottish smoked salmon, quail egg and caviar scotch egg. It was so delicious that I ordered another helping.
Following this came my favourite part of The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea which was the Sweet course. This themed course was absolutely stunning and was presented in an intriguing and exciting manner.
The Sweet course included a variety of different sweet foods;
The Blue Caterpillar, Wonderlands magic marshmallow mushrooms, The White Rabbit ‘s pocket watch macaroon( coffee flavored), Red velvet Ladybird, Banana bread-and-butterly, The Queen of Hearts Oreo cookie soldier,
Alice’s drink me potion and a selection of scones.
My plate looked so colourful
I enjoyed everything but my favourite sweet item ‘taste wise’ was Alice’s drink me potion. The flavour was very sweet, I liked the way it was served and it was easy to eat. The blue caterpillar tasted great but it was really easy to get blue everywhere so be careful.
Lastly to finish of the extravaganza I was presented with a surprise ice cream style dessert
A lot of effort had been made into the appearance , there were a lot of fine details. The musical box sugar case was adorable.
In conclusion I really enjoyed my experience and I would definitely go again. This was the best themed Afternoon Tea that I have ever been to. The staff were very friendly and helpful. My only criticism would be that the interior was not Alice in Wonderland themed. It would have been interesting to see that. Finally my outfit
scarf: Vivienne Westwood
cardigan: Axes Femme
coat: Axes Femme
tights: off brand
shoes: Axes Femme
Bye for now!