22 July 2013

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson


In the middle of a somewhat overcast weekend, at 1pm on Sunday afternoon the sun finally came out of the clouds. This was good news.

Myself and five other bloggers I've had the pleasure of getting to know since starting Cocktails and Caroline had arranged to get together for some afternoon tea. We were booked in to experience the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel.

I was wearing my Love yellow skirt today so it was time to give these babies their first outing


They make me about six foot tall but it's a small price to pay in the name of fashion!


I don't know how the Sanderson Hotel has passed me by. I didn't even really know of its existence until today! It's stylish and rather surreal inside with wooden carved statues, stain glass windows, funky furniture and a big open cocktail bar.


It was fabulous meeting the girls for the first time: Katie M, Katie BIbbsLotti and Emily. We had a chat in the bar area before being escorted to our table for tea - which wonderfully was on their lovely outside terrace.


Here we all are, ready for cake!


Even before any of the food had arrived, we were charmed by the presentation of the table; the crockery was just gorgeous (designed by Luna & Curious) and the napkins wrapped up in different riddles. 


The teas were displayed in little glass perfume bottles - there was Rhubarb & Custard, Apple Pie, Chocolate Mint and Strawberries & Cream to choose from (we ended up trying all of them)


The sugar for the tea was presented in a musical jewellery box


And here is the menu, hidden inside the old novel The Children of the New Forest


It was all so sweet!

Talking of sweet...


The menu consisted of traditional sandwiches on homemade bread, mini quiche of the day, savoury and sweet scones (my favourite, as usual), 'Tick Tock' Victoria Sponges, Melting Mango Cheesecake, Green Tea and White Chocolate Mousse, homemade marshmallow mushrooms and a tasty passion fruit 'Drink Me Potion'.

And on top is a carrot meringue served on an edible bed of pea shoots. Pretty imaginative!

As you'd expect of a bunch of bloggers, the cameras were out in force! There were so many pretty things to take pictures of!


As well as a rather camera-shy waiter


The Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson is very impressive. All the cakes are so beautifully designed and presented. There is certainly no scrimping on the number of cakes and sandwiches you get so you won't come away hungry! Personally I wasn't blown away by the sandwiches but the mini quiches and savoury scones were delicious. The sweets are very....well, sweet! Perhaps there could have been more in the way of sponge - what with the mousse, the 'melting' cheesecake and the Drink Me Potion, it was a little on the soft side. But the gorgeous Victoria sponge almost made up for that single-handed!

Oh, and the teas were very nice too!

I can't deny that this is quite an Afternoon Tea experience and us ladies had a wonderful time sat outside, drinking tea, eating and chatting.


Before we headed off, I just had to have a sit in the bubble chair in the foyer


I have been longing for a bubble chair for ages now and if all goes to plan, I may well have one hanging in my living room by the end of summer - fingers crossed!


We couldn't leave without getting a group picture of us bloggers together on the lipstick sofa


Until next time ladies!

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24 comments:

  1. I went for Afternoon Tea on Friday and thought it was really nice until I saw this...It looks like you stepped right into a Lewis Carroll storybook! I'm very jealous and definitely putting the Sanderson on my list of places to go. Lovely post xxx

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    1. It's a real experience, definitely worth a visit
      Cx

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  2. You guys are going to kill me with your blog posts on this, it all looks so scrummy and imaginative!
    Lottie xxx
    beautyandacookbook.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha! I'm thinking there might be a couple more to come :)
      Cx

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  3. Looks like you had a fab time! I'm dying to do an afternoon tea this summer but I can't decide which one to do at all! Bxx

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    1. Have you seen this website? It's where I get most of my afternoon tea ideas from http://katieandchelsie.blogspot.co.uk/

      Cx

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  4. That all looks absolutely amazing! Great post :)
    Xxx

    xsarahspeaksx.wordpress.com

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  5. This looks just wonderful - I am definitely going to have to go!

    Reminds me of when I went to the berkley for the afternoon tea!

    http://leexplorer.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. It was so nice to finally meet you Caroline! Love the blog post- seriously wishing I was back there now! xxx

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    1. It was so lovely meeting you! Keep up the cooking! Can't believe you're going to go to Leiths too :D
      Cx

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  7. Your pictures are gorgeous! We all have to so something again it was so much fun and so nice to finally meet everyone!!

    Katie <3

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  8. Yippee Bloggers Tea :D The food looks just as irresistible now! I would happily go back right now and spend another lovely afternoon with all you ladies
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

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  9. Thank you for your lovely review, and we are delighted you had such a great time.
    We hope to see you all back again soon
    Nick Bain
    Regional Social Media Manager
    Sanderson

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    1. You're very welcome. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
      Cx

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  10. Love it Caroline! It was such a fab afternoon with you and the girls. Would be ace to review a cocktail bar next! Xxx lotti xxx

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  11. I totally recognize Emily from My Gingerbread journey! I've been following her blog for a couple months now and I love it! it's crazy to think that bloggers meet up with other bloggers in real life haha, what a concept =] Looks like a great tea time!

    A Golden State of Mind

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    1. Oh cool! We do get around! It was really nice to meet up with some fellow bloggers
      Cx

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  12. Wow that is all so beautifully presented! I had no idea they were doing a Mad Hatters, will have to look into that. I love the assortment of cakes, they look so adorable I almost would be too careful to eat them (almost). Glad you ladies had such a lovely time =)

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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  13. Ahh you will know how much I love this post...!
    It was such an incredible day and a joy to meet you all!
    I'm loving to see everyone's posts and how different they are even though it was all the same experience.
    Let me know when you get that bubble chair!
    I'm coming over to use yours :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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  14. Awww you all look gorgeous, and the cakes look absolutely yummy! I've only ever been to the Sanderson for cocktails the Lychee martini's in particular! Maybe now is the time to try out the afternoon tea! xx

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