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:
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.