Sunday, 19 August 2012

{A Very Mad Tea Party}

'There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.

Which luckily I am.' - The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland.


To celebrate the 22nd Birthday of a dear friend, four of us tottered off to the Sanderson Hotel to 'tumble down the rabbit hole'. We put on a Mad Hatter's Tea Party of our own, with a little help from the Sanderson, and were not disappointed. Having practically melted outside in the rare London sun, we were led to the beautiful Courtyard Garden - our cool Oasis for the afternoon. Sipping on champagne and cocktails is the perfect way to while away a hot and humid day. The three-tiered stand of freaky treats was just the icing on the (exploding) cake.
The Courtyard Garden at The Sanderson
The eccentric menu includes a free glass of champagne or cocktail, plus unlimited tea


The food is not only delicious, but beautifully presented on a vintage cake stand. Three layers of sweets, including scones with clotted cream and jam, were ours to demolish in style.  


I enjoyed a cocktail called 'The Vivid Hour', made of Earl Grey infused Absolut Vodka, raspberry vodka and Framboise liqueur shaken with fresh raspberries and grapefruit. Delicious, and so refreshing! 





There were little 'Drink Me' bottles with layer surprises, coffee and chocolate clock cakes, and an 'Eat Me' strawberry mousse cake. So in keeping with the original Mad Hatter's Tea Party.



One lollipop turned your mouth hot and cold as you turned it over, while the other exploded in your mouth with a crackle. Very Heston Blumenthal-esque, except these were actually delicious!








Even the bathrooms were cool; with giant mirrors to gaze into.
The service was impeccable, the location was magical and the food was delightful - we left the hotel slightly overdosed on sugar, but very happy.

'You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.' - Alice, Alice in Wonderland.
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