After waiting for over a month, I finally tried out the Afternoon Tea Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, at One Aldwych.
Making our way down the stairs, we were then shown to our cosy little table at the far end, the back of our menus with a different picture of the different characters from the classic tale - mine had the Teevee Family, whilst he got the more gluttonous Gloop Family.
We both ordered the Cocktail Charlie, made with Dalmore whisky mixed with Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. And then topped with champagne - because everything tastes better with champagne...
These came served in transparent glass teapots, a bright pink liquid bubbling away with a magical cloud of vapour above it. Fancy.
Sweet and very drinkable, and I could have easily handled another teapot or two, but of course I politely declined for a top-up, knowing what alcohol does to me too early in the day...
They also had a selection of award-winning loose leaf teas and infusions from Covent Garden's Tea Palace, from which we both went for the Jewelled Apple - a black tea with wild strawberry leaves, caramel and real apple pieces. This was our first time having afternoon tea together, and I'm glad that our preferences were in sync, which is always a good sign...
The first dish to arrive was a plate of sandwiches and savoury bites. I really liked the smoked salmon sandwich, but my favourite amongst them was most probably the roast beef with grain mustard mayonnaise. The bread was a really dark brown, that it did look like some sort of chocolate cake/bread! His favourite was the leek and stilton quiche tart, which was rich and creamy with a crisp pastry case.
| Sandwiches and Savoury |
Smoked salmon and herb creme fraiche
Egg mayonnaise with watercress
Roast beef and grain mustard mayonnaise
Heritage tomato tart
Leek and Stilton quiche
I smiled with excitement as the array of sweet treats were laid before us.
We started off with the scones whilst they were still nice and warm, followed by the petite cocoa bean financiers (coated in gold glitter dust!). I discreetly observed him spread the clotted cream first before the jam, which is how I usually have mine - looks like we both have ours the Devon way! I nodded with approval. There were also a couple of blueberry brioche that I did find a bit dry.
We picked away on our sticks of candy floss, which brought back some sweet childhood memories of eating candy floss at funfairs. Eton mess is always a favourite crowd-pleasing dessert, which was light and sweet. We were quite full towards the end, but just about managed to scoop up the final mouthfuls of creamy vanilla cheesecake, took a few nibbles of the chocolate egg, and washed it all down with the chocolate caramel milk.
| Sweet |
Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango
Chocolate caramel milk
Homemade candy floss
Lime, coconut and white chocolate pop
Cocoa bean financier
Warm scones served with summer berry jam, apple and meadowsweet compote, Devonshire clotted cream
Overall, it was indeed a sweet and fun afternoon tea experience, and definitely one for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans out there.
The Cheekster, signing out x