I am so lucky to have had two delicious afternoon teas in London in a month! I am definitely making up for lost time, afternoon tea is without a doubt my new addiction. I am always looking for deals and reading reviews about the best ones in town. If you are into Afternoon teas do check out Kelly’s blog as she has had a whopping 19 this year!
We arrived at the Mandeville after a bit of hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, note to self don’t ever attempt Oxford Street at Christmas ever again! We were quickly shown to our table by our waiter and were swiftly handed a lovely glass of hot mulled wine to start, already in the festive mood.
It was a very short wait before our delectable delights arrived and as two of my friends were afternoon tea first timers it was even more exciting.
Our sandwiches were Scottish smoked salmon and creamed horseradish, as I’ve mentioned in previous afternoon tea posts I’m not a salmon fan so I passed this one on to my friends. There was also a festive turkey and cranberry sandwich that accompanied the old favourites of cucumber and cream cheese and free range egg and watercress which in my opinion was the best. All the sandwiches were good and the bread was fresh.
The cranberry scones with clotted cream and jam were quite small and only two were provided but after we finished these we asked for extras. We were later charged £2.50 extra for these but I wasn’t too bothered as the ones provided were lovely warm scones straight from the oven and were even better than the first lot.
During this time our champagne flutes were constantly being topped up, sometimes without us even noticing. It was truly a free flowing champagne afternoon tea and once we were ready to move on to the fancies we were all feeling a little tipsy!
I managed to find room to fit in the sweet treats of a colourful Battenberg, melt in your mouth brandy mince pie crumble and the dark chocolate yule log which was so tasty. I gave the festive Dundee Christmas cake a miss but my friends had a bite and enjoyed.
I did really enjoy this afternoon tea as it felt really festive and the champagne certainly made it a lot of fun. All of the staff were incredibly attentive and I cannot fault them in any way.
We had our glasses topped up one last time once we had finished the sweets and we left feeling really full! The actual room where afternoon tea is served is nothing too special, it is quite dimly lit but I kind of like that it isn’t too formal. As someone who is fairly new to afternoon teas I can certainly say I left feeling happy and I would definitely recommend. You can see the menu and book here at their website.
The Mandeville Hotel is located on Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE and is located close to Oxford Circus and Bond Street Stations.
You can read about my other afternoon tea delights here: