To start, we selected some classic combinations to sample in the less classic form of tea. Rhubarb and custard and strawberry and cream were the teas we chose, displayed on the table in gorgeous glass bottles. I have to say they were unusual to taste but fun to sample all the same. Once we settled down with a more familiar cup of earl grey, we moved on to sandwiches.
Previously I had assumed that really there's only so much you can do with a sandwich. At The Sanderson, however, they did so much more. Spirals of different coloured and flavoured breads, wrapped around scrumptious fillings of smoked salmon, ham or cucumber and cream cheese. There was a small tart which was divine, and even a savory scone which I surprisingly enjoyed, alongside the sweet scones.
You've probably guessed by now that I do have a pretty epic sweet tooth, and oh my... those cakes did everything to satisfy it. Every dessert held a surprise to discover, which made each bite an adventure to enjoy. A dark chocolate cup holding green tea mouse, layered strawberry cake and white chocolate mousse with a ball of mango puree hidden inside, all designed to perfection and tasting of nothing less. The sweet treats didn't just take the form of more classic desserts, the very top of our tea tower was decorated in sprouting carrot meringues and pea shoots and adorable marshmallow toadstools to send us blissfully into sugar highs. Not forgetting, of course, the 'drink me' mousse, a foamy passion fruit potion which was surprisingly refreshing. There was even a 'jelly wonderland' of which you could delve into as you liked.
Taking a look now, the menu has changed since I've been, and I'm so tempted to go back and do it all again! Although on the pricier of the afternoon teas I've experienced, there is currently an offer on and I do really feel you get your moneys worth, and more, at The Sanderson. The display is exquisite, the food delicious and the staff could not have done more to help, to the point where when I was alone at the table for a few moments the maitre d' came over just so I wasn't sitting by myself, an act which speaks volumes of their view on service. If you're a literature fan, a fun loving foodie, or just would love an afternoon in blissfully sweet wonderland, I would definitely definitely recommend the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson.