I am a sucker for a good afternoon tea, it’s one of my favourite things to do. I think they are great as a gift for somebody, a way to make amazing memories.
I very generously received two vouchers for afternoon tea at the One Aldwych Hotel in London, which is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed. I got this as a gift from my previous workplace, as a leaving present. They all knew how much I love doing things like that, and I was so pleased and overwhelmed I burst into tears when receiving the present. Which was quite embarrassing…
The location of this hotel was absolutely perfect, in the heart of Covent Garden, next to The Waldorf Hotel and opposite Waterloo Bridge. We managed to find it easy peasy, which was great as I am not very good at directions!
Once we entered the hotel with out booking we were taken straight to our table, which was through the lobby and into the bar area. The bar area was stunning so I was happy we were placed next to it, I could watch the barman make some of their amazing cocktails!
The staff in the hotel were amazing, very polite and professional, but not too over the top. We were asked if we had any allergies and she then explained how the afternoon tea would be laid out and what drinks we would like to go with it. When we sat down the menus were already set on the table and I picked them up straight away to have a read, they also had the original Roald Dahl drawings of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters which I adored. I went for a Moroccan Mint tea, as I am not normally a tea fan, so I usually go for mint when I am having afternoon tea, Ryan went for a Berry Fusion tea, which smelt and looked amazing.
The Sandwiches didn’t take long to come out, which was great as we were so excited to try the food! I loved that the food here didn’t all come out on the traditional 3 tier cake stand which normal afternoon teas have, this was different. The sandwiches came out first, and we had;
Egg Mayo Roll
Coronation Chicken Sandwich
2x Cheese Scones and Bacon Jam.
Oh my goodness this was all amazing. Myself and Ryan ate the whole lot (except neither of us had the salmon sandwich as neither of us like any seafood!) I loved that there was a quiche in with the sandwiches to spice things up a little. I was also so intrigued by the cheese scones and bacon jam. The scone by itself was amazing enough, and the jam really added the bacon flavour. I am not sure how the jam was made, as it looked like a chutney sort of texture, but tasted of pure bacon and it went so well with the scone.
Our waitress noticed that neither of us had eaten the salmon sandwich and asked if we would like another to replace it which was lovely.
Oh wow. The main attraction. This was incredible.
The sweets came out on like a tiered stand, which looked amazing. So to start with we had a little bowl of sweet treats which included a plain scone each (my favourite), a mini banana and walnut loaf and cocoa beans (mini brownies). To go with the scones, we were given a little tray of jam, clotted cream and lemon curd. These were all just amazing, the way they were baked and tasted were incredible. The best cakes I have ever had from an afternoon tea.
Then we went onto the tiered stand with an array of sweet treats on them. First, we had a mini blueberry eaten mess, with purple meringue, blueberry sauce and cream. Next was a delicious cake pop, which was toffee apple flavoured. I had never had a cake pop before and I thoroughly enjoyed it to say the least. In the middle was something which looked like a giant crème egg ‘drools’ This was a chocolate egg, which was spray painted gold and inside was vanilla cheesecake with a little bit of mango sauce on the top, to make it look like an egg. This was delightful and I loved every bite. (I am a huge chocoholic so this was a massive success with me!) Next up was some pink candyfloss. Now I hadn’t had candyfloss in years. We were meant to guess the flavour of this as we were eating it, sadly we didn’t get it. We both recognised the flavour as it reminded us of some sort of sweet from our childhood but we just couldn’t put our finger on it. Nether the less, it was so yummy and we were really enjoying it. Last but not least, to finish we had a mini chocolate milk, which was from the chocolate river in Wonka’s factory, yum!
I have had a few afternoon tea’s in my time, and I have to say this was by far the best one I have ever had. It ticked all the boxes for me, it wasn’t too fancy that I didn’t like any of the food, it was themed (I love anything which is themed!) the hotel and location was amazing. Everything about it was perfect, and I very highly recommend it if you are someone like me, who loves an afternoon tea to go. It’s a great gift and a lovely way to have a nice day in London.
Thank you to my old work colleagues for giving me the chance to go here as, like I said, I definitely loved it as they knew it was right up my street.
Where is your favourite place for afternoon tea? I would love some recommendations!
Love always, G x