Monday, 18 August 2014

One Aldwych Hotel; Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea


One Aldywch afternoon tea
It all started the last time I was at One Aldywch hotel having lunch at Indigo, when I spotted a tray of mouth-watering treats being taken to a table in the bar area below.  What was that? I recall asking the waiter, he told me it was the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea. From that moment I knew I just had to try it...
 One Aldwych is a stunning hotel nuzzled in the busy streets of London, a stones throw away from Covent Garden and close to Somerset House (ideal for London Fashion Week).

one aldwych hotel covent garden
charlie & the chocolate factory smoking cocktail
I'd been staying elsewhere the night before, so had to cart my suitcase along with me. Immediately the concierge whisked it away from me and escorted me to the dining area to be greeted by the attentive staff.  I suddenly forgot how hot it was dragging the case around London just by sitting one of the hotels comfy sofas.  

My friend and I love a bit of afternoon tea it's always such a treat.  On our last trip to London we went to Harvey Nicholls for afternoon tea, however after seeing the Charlie & Chocolate Factory afternoon tea I knew it was going to be like nothing else we'd had before.  

The friendly staff came over and gave us the menus to highlight what we could look forward to having.  We were next asked if we'd prefer a glass of champagne or the signature Charlie & the Chocolate Factory cocktail, after seeing the cocktails before I knew it had to be that....the red liquid cocktail arrived in a clear tea pot that had smoke (dry ice) escaping out of it.  Honestly it looked absolutely spectacular, so much so that others who had come in for the special afternoon tea ordered it as well.  You couldn't not!
top afternoon teas
Jodes has a gluten free diet so when we requested one afternoon tea to be gluten free, I was interested to see if it was much different to the standard selection.  
Both of us were really impressed with how (even though they didn't always look the same) close the gluten free was for taste. I was very pleased to know that they had catered to every need.
Sweet
Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango
Chocolate caramel milk
Eton mess
Homemade candyfloss
Lime, coconut and white chocolate pops
Blueberry brioche
Cocoa bean financier
Warm scones served with summer berry jam, apple and meadowsweet compote, Devonshire clotted cream

Sandwiches and Savoury
Smoked salmon and herb crème fraîche
Egg mayonnaise with watercress
Roast beef and grain mustard mayonnaise
Heritage tomato tart
Leek and Stilton quiche

Tea Selection
Jewelled Apple
The finest black tea with wild strawberry leaves, caramel and real apple pieces... it will transport you back to the days of sticky, crunchy toffee apples.

Smooth Caramel
Caramel chunks and a hint of vanilla make this tea ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Queen of Berries
This fruity black tea is bursting with ripe raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants.

Organic Lavender Grey
Blended with organic lavender from Provence, this organic Earl Grey is both fragrant and soothing.

Cocktail Charlie
Dalmore whisky mixed with Grand Marnier Cherry, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. Topped with Champagne.
- See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea/afternoon-tea-menu/afternoon-tea-menu#sthash.GUb8a4d9.dpuf

Sweet
Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango
Chocolate caramel milk
Eton mess
Homemade candyfloss
Lime, coconut and white chocolate pops
Blueberry brioche
Cocoa bean financier
Warm scones served with summer berry jam, apple and meadowsweet compote, Devonshire clotted cream

Sandwiches and Savoury
Smoked salmon and herb crème fraîche
Egg mayonnaise with watercress
Roast beef and grain mustard mayonnaise
Heritage tomato tart
Leek and Stilton quiche

Tea Selection
Jewelled Apple
The finest black tea with wild strawberry leaves, caramel and real apple pieces... it will transport you back to the days of sticky, crunchy toffee apples.

Smooth Caramel
Caramel chunks and a hint of vanilla make this tea ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Queen of Berries
This fruity black tea is bursting with ripe raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants.

Organic Lavender Grey
Blended with organic lavender from Provence, this organic Earl Grey is both fragrant and soothing.

Cocktail Charlie
Dalmore whisky mixed with Grand Marnier Cherry, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. Topped with Champagne.
- See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea/afternoon-tea-menu/afternoon-tea-menu#sthash.GUb8a4d9.dpuf
Sweet
Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango
Chocolate caramel milk
Eton mess
Homemade candyfloss
Lime, coconut and white chocolate pops
Blueberry brioche
Cocoa bean financier
Warm scones served with summer berry jam, apple and meadowsweet compote, Devonshire clotted cream

Sandwiches and Savoury
Smoked salmon and herb crème fraîche
Egg mayonnaise with watercress
Roast beef and grain mustard mayonnaise
Heritage tomato tart
Leek and Stilton quiche

Tea Selection (all from Covent Gardens Tea Palace)
Jewelled Apple
Smooth Caramel
Queen of Berries
Organic Lavender Grey

Cocktail Charlie
Dalmore whisky mixed with Grand Marnier Cherry, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. Topped with Champagne.


Where to go for London afternoon tea
Best afternoon tea treats
london charlie one aldwych
I don't really know what my favourite thing to eat was, but I'm a sucker for a creme egg so the golden chocolate vanilla cheesecake egg was top of the list.  To be honest even doing this write up is making my mouth water!
One Aldwych hotel afternoon tea
sweet treats london
I'd certainly say this is one of the best afternoon teas I've ever had the pleasure of indulging in.  The only thing I would say is that even though the cocktail is fun selecting the champagne may compliment it better. Having the cocktail and all the sweet goodness is quite a lot going on. 

A perfect birthday treat, hen do pit stop or even a pre theatre nibble, this is definitely something to do for a special occasion.  The creative flare of the One Aldwych chefs is exactly what I expected and much more.  They have developed such a menu that has honestly going to be something that will be remembered... the bar has definitely been raised for future afternoon teas.

Afternoon tea - £34.50 per person
Afternoon tea with a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne or a smoking Cocktail Charlie - £45.00 per person - See more at: http://www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea#sthash.jR1CcRSU.dpuf

 Afternoon tea - £34.50 per person
Afternoon tea with a smoking Charlie & the Chocolate Factory cocktail or glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne - £45.00 per person
Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne

Annie
xoxo 

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