What: The perfect afternoon tea experience for those with a sweet tooth and/or love a glass of champers on a weekend (so, everyone?!). The Chesterfield in Mayfair has introduced an afternoon tea that champions penny sweets and red and white striped style shenanigans, filled to the brims with cake versions of our favourites, from cola slices to Reeses cups, to fruit salad tea.
New? Yes, but sticking around for the foreseeable – pretty sweet, right?
First Impression: The Chesterfield shouts luxurious London hotel, aptly situated in Mayfair, which those who haven’t visited might recognise from the occasional Monopoly board. The Chesterfield reminded me of something from Alice in Wonderland, with bold front doors nestled under foliage and hidden away from the glare of the street. Inside, we were seated in a conservatory which was equally as magical and Alice in Wonderland-esque, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory come to think of it. Tables featured white cloths and the room was grandiose in nature.
On The Menu: In true stripy red and white sweet shop style, the afternoon tea features homemade sandwiches, freshly baked home-made chocolate chip and fruit scones, and (the icing on the cake) pastries and cupcakes in the form of coca-cola slices and liquorice allsorts lemon cheesecake. There’s also flying saucers on sticks, shots of lemonade and champers galore. The only decision you have to make is which tea and champagne to choose.
The youngest Handbook members go along to see what all the fuss is about…
The Look: Flowers dressed the tables and ceiling in the intimate setting, with a guitarist playing classic tunes that danced around the light-flooded room. The eye-catcher however, had to be the over-sized decorative sweet packets clinging to the walls, from Drumsticks to Sherbets or Rhubarb and Custards, and huge jars clad with candy.
What We Ate: My, oh my. This afternoon tea sure put the sweet tooth to the test. The savoury to sweet ratio is a little awry, but sweetness is the aim of the game and so don’t be surprised when cakes and candy galore embellish your plate. We had finger sandwiches in a variety of flavours, followed by chocolate chip and plains scones, a fizy apple cake, Reeses-style cake, a tube or hard-boiled candy and various other cakes and macarons. I suggest giving everything a try, because it’s an afternoon tea like no other. You can always get the left overs boxed-up for another time.
What We Drank: Our waiter suggested trying the fruit salad candy tea, which I’d now highly recommend despite being at first reluctant! Comprising of flavours reminiscent of the popular fruit salad chew, the tea promises a strong taste of childhood, coupled with a large dose of nostalgia. Worth a sip.
Go With: Kids – without a doubt. It’s such a perfect day-out for the little’uns. Having said that, my 20-something year old self went along with a friend, and we loved feeling like carefree kids again. Long story short, any age would enjoy this experience.
And, in fact, The Handbook’s smallest members had the chance to go along, and, as you can see by the images, enjoyed it rather a lot!
Where: The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles St, W1J 5EB, www.chesterfieldmayfair.com
Final Word: Make sure you stop off at the sweet shop cart on your way out, and grab a bag of goodies free-of-charge.
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