Perfectly situated close to all the Christmas lights and excitement in London’s West End, One Aldwych offers a fantastic Afternoon Tea experience that will get you in the mood for Christmas.
The thought of experiencing an Afternoon Tea that was not only festive, but also a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” themed edition filled me with excitement. Arriving at One Aldwych with my husband there was a beautiful, sparkly Christmas tree waiting to greet us.
It had over a hundred carefully created snow domes all with little Christmas scenes inside including the nut cracker soldiers, reindeers, toy trains and penguins on icebergs. As the afternoon progressed and it got darker, the Christmas tree got prettier and prettier as it’s lights grew brighter.
My husband and I were seated in the cosy Indigo restaurant which is on a mezzanine level overlooking the lobby bar and glitzy tree. We started our afternoon tea in style with a glass of the Lailler Grand Cru champagne and looked forward to all the treats ahead, both savoury and sweet.
To begin, a very neat plate of delicate sandwiches and a warm miniature quiche arrived in front of me. The sandwich fillings were smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive, roast pepper and avocado, turkey and cranberry along with a chestnut and caramelised onion quiche.
I really liked all the sandwiches with their decadent fillings, the smoked salmon was my favourite and I especially enjoyed the buttery pastry of the quiche and it’s subtle yet rich flavours. To accompany this I drank the Chocolate Winter Spice Tea, supplied by Canton Tea. This was a fantastic and indulgent tea especially created for One Aldwych and included chocolatey roasted cocoa nibs, fragrant mandarin peel and spices.
We also received some very cheesy Montgomery cheddar and mustard scones with bacon jam which blew me away. Warm, melt in your mouth scones with the most luxurious bacon jam I’d ever come across, a real show stopper. I had to ask for a second portion of these as they were so excellent.
Next we had an array of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” inspired sweets that were wonderfully presented, with bold colours and a real sense of fun.
From fluffy candy floss with a mystery flavour (we had to guess what this was) to gingerbread cake pops that were covered in popping candy and a golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and zesty mandarin puree. It was like being a little child again.
The more grown up dessert came in the shape of gorgeous little pots of mulled wine jelly and custard with a gorgeously crunchy almond topping.
Along with this we had more scones, this time freshly made fruit scones that came with cream, jam and eggnog curd. We also sampled chocolate financiers and cinnamon glazed brioche buns. You could see how much effort Executive Chef Dominic Teague and his team had put into creating this very special afternoon tea, so many little details and delicious flavours.
Overall I experienced a brilliant afternoon with impressive and luxurious delicacies. I really enjoyed the atmosphere at One Aldwych too with all the beautiful decorations and the attentiveness of the staff, a worthwhile December indulgence and gift to someone special. The Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at £57 per person including a glass of Laillier Grand Cru champagne and £46 without.
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