Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson 

The Mad Hatters Afternoon tea is hosted at The Sanderson Hotel, they have teamed up with design collective Luna & Curious to produce a charming and alluring twist on the traditional afternoon tea. I had previously seen lots of posts about this on Instagram, so needless to say, I was intrigued. 

Upon arrival at the Sanderson, you are lead through the spacious hotel lobby, past some delightfully quirky looking furniture pieces; including the famous lip shaped sofa. Lots of people were gathering around this for a photo opportunity, which the staff did not seem to mind at all.
We were seated and presented with menus disguised as elegant old fashioned-style books. Our cutlery was already laid out, each pair accompanied by a napkin wrapped with a charismatic riddle. The crockery was simply stunning, with entertaining and unusual designs in the style of Alice in Wonderland. The tea was served up first, this is served accompanied with a fairytale style music box holding sugar cubes. We were provided with all three flavours of the tea; strawberries & cream, rhubarb & custard and mint chocolate chip. I went with the rhubarb & custard option and also ordered a Bellini to compliment the afternoon tea. Both were stunning, however the star really was the tea – which strangely enough did taste exactly like the old style rhubarb & custard sweets.

Dainty sandwiches arrived quite soon after and there were plenty of them! The fillings were paired with a selection of breads such as tomato bread and spinach bread, I felt this was a refreshingly unexpected twist on the normal afternoon tea style. Then came the real show-stopper, the sweets. Our tiered plates consisted of sweet and savoury scones, rainbow encased mango cheesecakes, victoria sponge cakes in the style of ticking clocks, fascinating little “drink me” bottles and carrot meringues to finish the display. The Sanderson are certainly not shy on their portion sizes, but what I admired the most was the fact that the taste of the food was just as stunning as the presentation. 

Once finished, diners are offered their pick from the Jelly Wonderland trolley, unfortunately at this point we had eaten so much we simply could not manage another bite. 

The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea really is an experience like no other. I could have happily spent all afternoon in here and it almost felt like we were sadly transported back into reality once we stepped outside. Prices start at £38 per person and the afternoon tea is served from 12.30pm – 5.30pm daily. Bookings and enquiries can be made here




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