This was a magical experience in fantastic surroundings. As you enter Sketch chairs emerge from the walls and there are a number of different rooms each with their own unique style and feel. We were seated in a room that felt like colonial India with decoupage trees on the wall and a carpet that imitated wooden floorboards, but with red spot lights circulating like we were being followed by snipers. The toilets were no less unusual, a white room with egg shaped individual cubicles and the sound of the tree frogs.
The service was efficient and helpful, the menu had an excellent selection of tea and the overall atmosphere was sumptuous.
The afternoon tea it’s self offered a wide selection at each stage. There were sandwiches made with a selection of breads. Filled with traditional fillings; from quails egg and caviar to smoked salmon and ricotta and of course the obligatory cucumber sandwich. From there on it became a little less traditional.
Incredibly light scones served with the richest strawberry jam I have ever had and a slightly less traditional but very delicious apple and cinnamon jam. Dark chocolate and mint eclair was not to my taste, it was very bitter and lacked depth of flavour. The basil and Lemon tart was interesting as an experience but I wouldn’t have wanted any more than was offered. Highlights were definitely the Tapioca pudding with pomegranate coulis and pistachio and champagne jelly, and a salted caramel macaroon. To top it all off there was a selection of home made marshmallows.
Overall a very satisfactory afternoon tea experience.