Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea | The Sanderson Hotel, London

Last Saturday, I met up with two of my oldest blogger/YouTube friends, Dionne & Lucy. We were celebrating both their birthdays, whilst having our annual catch up. As we live all over the country, and our lives are very busy, we don’t often get many opportunities to spend time together. Therefore when we do, it’s really special and memorable. We decided Afternoon Tea was the perfect idea, so searched across the web for something we’d all enjoy. As a huge Disney lover, the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel certainly caught my eye. I’d heard many good things, so we booked three weeks in advance and here’s exactly what I thought!

Walking into the hotel, we were shown past the bar with beautiful hanging flowers and very welcoming staff. As we were celebrating two birthdays, we were lucky to be seated on a little table tucked away on an elevated terrace area with pebble stones, a waterfall backdrop, plenty of plants and no one else around us. It was very special and private.

The menu was presented in a vintage book, along with a selection of themed teas inspired by the characters from Alice In Wonderland. It’s the little details that mean the most to me, and I loved having the choice of which drink to pick. The girls opted for the Mad Hatter green tea, but I like an English Breakfast, which was bought out in a separate tea pot. We also had a glass of champagne each too.

The tiered plates were themed with clocks and compasses on, with little black hats on top of the tea pots. The menu included:

Smoked salmon Scotch quails egg with caviar and cream cheese 
Stack of King of Hearts ham and parmesan croque-monsieur 
Cornish crab bridge roll with dill, lemon, crème fraîche and avocado 
White Rabbit cucumber and cream cheese sandwich on pesto bread 
Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger 
Mocha chessboard gateau 
Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier 
Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon 
Chocolate and pistachio Blue Caterpillar Wonderland marshmallow magic mushrooms 
Mad Hatters lost carrot and fennel meringue 
Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach “ Drink Me” potion 
Sanderson’s warm scones served with Cornish clotted cream and fruit preserve

That little pot above that looks like a plant in soil? It was actually ice cream! Such a lovely surprise they bought out half way through. With a Crunchie topping and crushed biscuit to look like mud, it was so well put together, along with everything else we ate! I enjoyed it all, apart from the little blue chocolate truffle on top which was a bit too rich for me personally. Otherwise, the croque-monsieur was my favourite from the savoury tray, and the lemon curd financier from the sweet bit.

Priced at £48 (plus a 15% discretionary service charge), or £58 for a glass of Perrier-Jouët too,  I honestly felt like this was extremely well priced. I loved the vibe of sitting outside in the open air, although you’re slightly sheltered too for the best of both worlds. The sound of the water feature behind was so relaxing, and the staff were very attentive, but didn’t rush us to leave. They even bought Dionne & Lucy some extras cakes with candles that said ‘Happy Birthday’ which was very generous. We spent over an hour and a half at The Sanderson, and all agreed we couldn’t fault it.

If you’re interested in the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, be sure to book here. We had the loveliest time and I can’t thank The Sanderson Hotel enough for accommodating us and being extra generous. I’d highly recommend it! I’ve also reviewed the Beauty & The Beast Afternoon Tea at Kensington Hotel, so be sure to read that next too!

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