There’s nothing more British than an Afternoon Tea. In true British style as a Birthday treat I indulged in Sanderson Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea; an eccentric twist on the traditional charming style. From the moment you step into the Sanderson courtyard you feel just like you have tumbled down the ‘Rabbit Hole’ à la Alice herself. Our marble table for two was already set with themed crockery, the menu secreted inside a vintage hardback classic – such a novel idea! Sugar cubes were hidden within a child’s jewellery box complete with twirling ballerina; a sure way to reignite those childhood memories. You are offered a selection of aptly named flavoured tea’s; samples of which are displayed in miniature bottles for you to sniff along with descriptive cards to help you make your choice. I opted for the Cheshire Cat, which included flavours of chocolate infused with orange. The tea is given in a royal pot complete with a quirky crown. The waiter delivers the tiered cake stand littered with a delectable array of whimsical sweet and savoury foods. Your senses are awakened. With abnormal twists; green sandwiches, quail eggs bursting with goo, garish blue caterpillars and ice cream plant pots the Afternoon Tea goes beyond your wildest dreams. Each item confuses the tastebuds, every bite a new flavour bursting. After a variety of unique flavours the tea is finalised with a scone, clotted cream and jam keeping true to the tradition.

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