Welcome to our blog....here we will share all our afternoon tea adventures with you...the good, the bad and the wonderful!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Time for a little spooky tea....Ampersand Hotel

Hello there,

Happy Halloween!

Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends. Last weekend, Lorna and I celebrated Halloween a little early with a visit to the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Now, if you've popped by our blog before you'll know this isn't our first time to the Ampersand. This is our third or fourth visit to the hotel for a spot of afternoon tea, in fact we first visited this lovely boutique hotel for Halloween afternoon tea in 2013. We love the work of pastry chef Ji Sun Shin and couldn't resist going back to sample the Halloween tea again.....

Halloween afternoon tea
Ampersand Hotel

Now, all the afternoon teas served at the Ampersand follow a similar format of savouries (either open sandwiches or savoury gougeres) followed by scrummy white chocolate scones - however it's the sweet top tier of the afternoon tea stand where Ji Sun lets her imagination and creativity run wild and that's where I want to focus this post.....

Sweet treats - afternoon tea - Ampersand Hotel

Although this tea looks like similar to the Halloween tea that was served last year, there are some subtle differences this year which we all enjoyed.

The sweet treats include a cute orange pumpkin cake, a blackberry jelly skull on a sable breton, a red velvet cupcake and a raspberry, rose & redcurrant blood shot. 

I particularly enjoyed the jelly skull on the sable breton, the combination of the silky jelly on top of the sable breton was brilliant - especially if you chose to put the entire thing in your mouth in one go! The blackberry jelly has an amazing flavour too. Altogether a lovely treat!

You might have noticed this little cutie in the photo.....

I saved my orange pumpkin cake to last as it's so cute and I didn't want to cut it up straight away. Once you take the plunge and cut through the icing, you find a wonderful orange sponge cake inside - which is beautifully flavoured.

Slightly more alarming is the red velvet mini cake, complete with "glass" shard and eyeball....

The red velvet cake melts in the mouth, and is topped with a tangy drizzle of raspberry. Again it's the perfect size for popping into your mouth in one go if you are so inclined! 

Each time we visit the Ampersand we are amazed by the cakes and pastries created by Ji Sun, she creates items that look so pleasing to the eye, yet she never compromises taste. I had the pleasure of meeting Ji Sun earlier this year when she kindly answered some of my nosey afternoon tea questions....take a peek at the post to read more about how she creates her amazing afternoon teas.

Halloween afternoon tea - Ampersand Hotel

The Halloween afternoon tea costs £32.50 per person and is available until the 9th November 2014, to find out more visit the Ampersand website.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Time to Tea....Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea

Hello and welcome back to another guest post from Tea With Me and Friends.

This time we are featuring the afternoon tea adventures of Sarika from Pearlsbounce blog. Sarika joined us a little while ago to tell us all about the Birdcage afternoon tea at W Hotel in Singapore, this time she has something a little different to share with us......

Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea

The recently re-vamped Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel hosts a wonderful Singaporean Heritage Afternoon Tea. Full of novel tea time treats that are spun off favourite Singaporean local flavours this Tea Time does not disappoint.

Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Singaporean cookbook author, Shermay Lee, curates a selection of 8 savoury and 8 sweet items to reflect Singapore’s multifavoured culinary past and present. The little 'creations are handcrafted with a nod to traditional skills and are based on heirloom recipes handed down to Shermay from her late grandmother, Mrs Lee Chin Koon, author of the famous Mrs Lee’s Cookbook and widely recognized as the doyenne of Peranakan cuisine in Singapore.'

The Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Like all Afternoon Tea rituals we commenced ours with a selection of brew and were thrilled by the local options. The deliciously sweet Teh Tarik being the most popular on our table I opted for the strongly brewed Moroccan Mint Tea.

Time for tea....

In good stead we kicked off with the 8 Savoury items which were topped up galore! Firm favourites were the nostalgic Kueh Pie Tee, Bak Kwa Jam Sandwich and Chilli Crab Bao. (for novel Singaporean eaters check the menu pic for the delicious details). 
Being a condiment connoisseur I was excited by the choice of asian dipping pots - sweet and savoury were both demolished. The fiery local red garlic chilli sauce was yumtastic when accompanied with the sweet and sticky Kurobuta Pork Kong Ba Bao and Nonya Chicken Curry Roti Jala Wrap.

Condiments at afternoon tea!
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Afternoon tea
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Tropical scones were surprisingly crumbly and moist (not a norm in Singapore's humidity), and the Pineapple-Vanilla Jam and Kaya spread were very well paired. I would say a really good scone job done by Clifford Pier!

For those who have room - 8 Sweet Singaporean treats await you! The Hainanese Roti with Kaya got my attention first as did the Sugee Financier and Bandung Macaroon. The bright green Pandan Swiss Roll unfortunately didn't deliver for me - a bit dense which was a shame as I love Pandan!

Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

This is the Ultimate Tea for those who love to savour the culinary delights of Singapore or for those that want an intro into Singapore's long love affair of blended South East Asian cuisine. The Clifford Pier's colonial feel is a well suited venue for the Heritage Tea with its opulent deck and great views of the Singapore River.

For  more information about this afternoon tea please visit The Fullerton Bay Hotel website.

A big thank you again to Sarika for sharing her afternoon tea experience, those tropical scones sound wonderful. We do love hearing about afternoon teas in other countries and we can't wait to see where Sarika goes next!

If you have an afternoon tea that you'd like to share with us, please get in touch as we'd love to hear from you. All you need to do is send us some photos and your thoughts about the afternoon tea. Email us on teawithmeandfriends@gmail.com 

Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Afternoon Tea News....Aqua Shard

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea news article from Tea With Me and Friends, today we are sharing some news from Aqua Shard in London.

To celebrate the release of the Paddington Movie in November Aqua Shard have a limited edition Paddington inspired afternoon tea on offer to guests dining between now and the 28th November. I have to say this is a rather cute looking themed tea....

Paddington themed afternoon tea - Aqua Shard
Photo from Aqua Shard

The tea includes a selection of sandwiches and scones (served with jam and of course marmalade!), then some wonderful sounding sweet treats:

Paddington praline cream bun
Orange marmalade macaroon
Traditional Battenburg
Chili & Chocolate London taxi

If you peer into the suitcase you'll be able to see the black taxis on the right - I think they look so cute! 

This tea is available for £34.50 per person with your choice of tea from the menu, or if you fancy a glass of bubbles with your tea it will be £45.00 per person. To find out more pop by the Aqua Shard website.

If you try this fab looking tea we'd love to hear all about it!

Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Time for Tea.....Washingbourough Hall, Lincoln

Hello there,

Welcome back to another guest post from Tea With Me and Friends, we always love to hear about the afternoon teas that have been enjoyed by other people and this week we are joined again by Ele Crossland. Ele is sharing her afternoon tea adventures in Lincoln at Washingborough Hall......

Just a few miles out of the buzzing Cathedral city of Lincoln is Washingborough Hall. Nestled comfortably into its surroundings, this beautiful Georgian rectory is now a fantastic hotel, restaurant and wedding venue. Luckily for me, they serve an outstanding afternoon tea which I just had to try. On a sunny day with a brisk wind, we decided against the stately dining room, cosy library and comfortable bar area to sit in the garden and appreciate the views towards Lincoln. It’s hard to believe that this peaceful green space, where the birds singing is pretty much the only sound you here, is mere minutes from a thriving City.

I’d booked the afternoon tea ahead and was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed in the spacious hall with such enthusiasm. The staff here are clearly briefed on the day’s reservations as we were immediately shown to the sitting room and offered a seat. They were happy for us to sit outside, despite it meaning they had to negotiate some steep stone steps whilst laden with food. I loved their cheerful approach and felt able to relax immediately.

Afternoon tea at Washingborough is a traditional affair, served on the ubiquitous tiered stand, yet with some modern twists from chef. As well as an interesting range of sandwiches (hummus and salad, roasted vegetable and goats cheese) we enjoyed a new one for me – savoury cheese scones with local Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and punchy pickled red cabbage. These were so unusual and scrumptious – I would definitely consider choosing more of those over the usual finger sandwich. 

The afternoon tea stand was adorned with a selection of delicate and very pretty confections. Although the mini chocolate éclair was melt in the mouth, my favourite was the cherry Bakewell slice. With very clearly defined layers, masses of punchy flavour and exquisite presentation, it was so enjoyable. The third sweet was a tiny finger of carrot cake. The cream cheese frosting was divine. I’d clocked an entire carrot cake on the reception desk so made a note to return for coffee and a full-size slice soon. 

As the level had been set so high by the preceding courses, I fully expected the scones (one plain, one fruit) to pass the ‘scone test’. Hurrah! They did, breaking perfectly down the middle when twisted. Although we were both rather full from the savoury and sweet courses, as well as the never-ending pot of English Breakfast tea which was regularly replenished by the staff, I managed to sample one with fresh jam and thick clotted cream. Delicious, although the second scone had to go in a doggy bag along with a piece of carrot cake and the leftover Bakewell slice.

Sitting in an English country garden on a sunny day is a sure way to relax, and the staff seem every happy for their guests to while away a few hours with them. It’s true that the English weather might not always be kind enough to allow for alfresco afternoon tea, but both the bar/sitting room and the library make for cosy hideaways to sit, chat and eat. I can’t wait for December when their Festive afternoon tea menu comes out. I’ll be first in line for their afternoon tea mince pies and mulled wine. Cheers!

Well, don't those scones look amazing? Afternoon tea at Washingborough Hall costs £14.50 per person and is served is served every day between 2pm (3pm on Sundays) and 6pm. To find out more about those homemade cakes pop by their website.

A big thank you to Ele for sharing her scrummy afternoon tea adventure with us, we can't wait to see where she visits next! If you have an afternoon tea that you'd like to share with us please drop us a line!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Time for Tea.....Cassandras Cup, Hampshire

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends. Now as some of our readers know, although Lorna and I enjoy a lot of afternoon teas in hotel lounges across London, we also like to support local tearooms.

Recently I visited one such tearoom with Sheree - Cassandras Cup in Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire. I had heard about Cassandras on the Internet and really wanted to try this tearoom as it's about a twenty minute drive from my home in Farnham.

Cassandra’s Cup is a traditional English tea room, which offers a good range of traditional and speciality teas and coffees as well as scones, home-made cakes, light snacks, home-cooked meals and afternoon tea. The signs looked very promising as we entered this cute looking tearoom.....

An impressive teacup collection at Cassandra's Cup

Yes, that's a vast collection of vintage teacups hanging from the ceiling!

Now, I know this might be very surprising given the nature of this blog.....but we opted not to sample afternoon tea on this visit! Both Sheree and I decided to opt for sandwiches followed by a slice of homemade cake - all washed down with a pot of tea!

Cassandra's Cup pride's itself on using local produce where ever possible, and also offers gluten free items on the menu.

I opted for the prawn sandwich and Sheree went with egg mayonnaise.....

Sandwiches at Cassandra's Cup

Can you see Sheree waiting patiently in the background of the photo - she was quite hungry by this point and wanted her sandwich!

As you'll see from the photo our tea was served in plain white china teacups which were very modern. Considering the feel of the tearoom and all those vintage teacups hanging above my head, I was a little disappointed. However, the tea was of good quality and we were given extra hot water.

The sandwiches themselves were tasty and fresh, and I enjoyed the side salad (although it was a little oily for me). 

Once we had eaten our sandwiches we decided to pick our cake from the selection on the dresser.....

There was a good selection of cakes and tray bakes on offer. Sheree went for the traditional Victoria sponge cake and I picked the carrot cake....

Victoria Sponge - Cassandra's Cup, Hampshire

Carrot cake
Cassandra's Cup, Hampshire

The slices given were a good size and both cakes were fresh. Sheree commented that her Victoria sponge was very light. My carrot cake was well spiced and moist, with just the right amount of icing. 

Our total bill for this meal came to just under £25.00 for both of us, which was OK as the cakes were very good and we left feeling full. However, I think the sandwiches were a little expensive - my prawns were £6.95.

For more information about Cassandra's Cup please visit their website, you can also see their full menu there. I would like to go back to sample their afternoon tea at some point in the future.

Can you spot Cassandra's Cup - situated behind Sheree!

The village of Chawton is a beautiful village and Cassandra's Cup is situated  opposite Jane Austen’s House Museum, and would make a lovely stop after visiting the museum.

Do you have a local tearoom that you'd like to tell us about - if so please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for popping by today,

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Time for Tea....Paul Covent Garden

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea review blog post from Tea With Me and Friends. This weekend Lorna and I were invited to sample the new afternoon tea on offer at La Maison Paul in Covent Garden in the Le Restaurant de PAUL. 

We know Paul for their amazing macaroons and artisan breads that leave us drooling in their bakeries, but we didn't know that they offered an afternoon tea and so we were keen to find out more. Le Restaurant de PAUL is situated behind the Paul Covent Garden shop, and its a bustling but cute space full of chatter and hungry shoppers and tourists.

Now, this isn't the kind of afternoon tea you might want for a special occasion, but it's a great alternative to a spot of lunch when out shopping with friends....read on to find out more....

Afternoon tea Paul - Covent Garden

Now as you can see from this photo, the afternoon tea is served on a rather imposing iron stand. It's such a grand size that Lorna looks tiny sitting behind it! This did make conversation a little difficult as the table is very small, but we managed to situate the stand so we could gossip around it! The afternoon tea is either served with a hot drink from the main menu or for a little more money you can opt for a glass of bubbles. Lorna opted for a pot of green tea and I was rather controversial picking a cup of coffee over the teas on offer (yes I know...naughty afternoon tea person!!).

On the bottom tier we were presented with three rather rustic looking sandwiches, made with Paul's artisan breads....

Afternoon tea sandwiches - Paul
The sandwiches were fresh and the bread had a wonderful texture as you would expect from Paul. As you can see there are crusts galore on that plate and not a finger sandwich in sight, but to be honest this really suited Paul and the food they are well known for. It was good to see that they had taken the concept of a traditional afternoon tea, but not compromised their style of food when creating their offering. The fillings included a salmon and cream cheese, a chicken salad and a rather lovely brie and salad. The sandwiches were all filled well and a good size.

Once we had demolished the sandwiches we moved up a tier.....

Afternoon tea....without scones at Paul

Now I imagine the traditionalists of you out there are looking on rather confused....these are not scones I hear you cry! And you'd be right...there isn't a scone in sight at Paul...however in their place we had the most delicious light and buttery brioche. They were huge and served with whipped cream and strawberry jam. 

Again, this swerve from the traditional felt right in Paul, where artisan bread is their speciality. And most importantly.....they were good.....very good!

Finally we moved onto the top tier....now get ready to drool a little....

Afternoon tea cakes - Paul Covent Garden

I think Lorna's face says it all - these really were the jewel on the crown at this afternoon tea!

Let's get a closer look....

Sweet treats - afternoon tea - Paul

In the selection we each had a piece of carrot cake, a piece of strawberry and marzipan cake and a cute little macaroon. The menu states that the tea will consist of two pieces of cake, but doesn't specify which ones....surely that means we can keep going back until we have tried them all!

My favourite was the strawberry gateaux, which was light and filled with creme patisserie. The macaroons were also wonderful, with a crispy shell and soft chewy middle. I wasn't a fan of the carrot cake, which I found quite heavy and dense - however the flavours were wonderful.

Paul introduced this afternoon tea in their Le Restaurant de PAUL in September, and we think it gives visitors a wonderful alternative to the traditional lunch/snack experience. The cost of afternoon tea is £19.90 for tea people including a hot drink each - which is exceptional value for the amount of food served and the quality of it.

It might not be super posh here, but the service was friendly and efficient despite it being really busy. We think this makes a great everyday afternoon tea experience. 

Please note that although we were guests at Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden, this did not affect our thoughts on the afternoon tea experience and all thoughts here are our own.

We'd like to thank Le Restaurant de PAUL for their hospitality. If you would like to find out more about this afternoon tea please visit their website.

Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Square Meal

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Time for Tea....W Hotel Singapore

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends - today we have something slightly different for you as we are showcasing an afternoon tea from slightly further afield! We are joined by Sarika, who is a Londoner currently living in Singapore who writes Pearlsbounce blog.

Sarika loves food, wine, stationary and trotting the globe.....and luckily for us she is rather partial to a spot of afternoon tea too.....

Sarika and the Birdcage afternoon tea
W Hotel Singapore
W Singapore housed on Sentosa hosts a modern afternoon tea with their Birdcage W T Time. Seated in the sparkly purple Woo Bar, Birdcages of sweet treats decent to each lounge @ $58 per cage (for 2 persons).


The Savoury beginnings were plentiful with staff continually topping up. 

Favourites were the Tikka Inspired Salmon, Mint & Spice Poppadum, Torched Double Brie, Pickled Cucumber Nigiri and the ultra favourite Chocolate Ganache Foie Gras Tarts - extremely tasty and well balanced, with a sparkling gold leaf topping!

Some of the Savouries
Birdcage Afternoon Tea - W Hotel, Singapore

Chocolate Ganache Foie Gras Tarts - W Hotel Singapore
Being a fan of Chilli Crab I was excited by the arrival of The Double Cooked Hen's Egg, Chilli Crab Mantou, tasty they were but slightly over done. 

Softer buns please!

The desserts were decent - but lacking in some scones! 

In replace were some sort of jam fruit filo tartlets which I didn't waste my time trying. The Chocolate tea cup and Fresh Berry Trifle Shot were far more appealing and tasty enough to leave appeased.

Birdcage Afternoon tea
W Hotel Singapore - photo from website
All in all a relatively reasonable Afternoon Tea overlooking some prettiness of Singapore with all the dazzle of the W Hotel.

A big thank you to Sarika for sharing her afternoon tea adventures with us - it's great to see what afternoon tea treats are on offer around the world. To find out more about Sarika's travels pop by her blog. And don't forget to watch out for more international posts from Sarika in the future....

If you are based outside of the UK and have an afternoon tea that you would like to share with us please get in touch - we'd love to feature your photos in future posts.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Afternoon Tea News....Jimmy Choo Prêt-à-Portea

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends, today we have a little afternoon tea news for all you fashionistas out there as Jimmy Choo is celebrated in the Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea at the Berkeley in London...

Jimmy Choo Pret a Portea - The Berkeley
Photo from website

From the 13th October to the 26th October 2014 guests at the Berkeley can enjoy the beautiful and fashion forward afternoon tea featuring biscuits and cakes inspired by the shoes and accessories of Jimmy Choo......

Jimmy Choo Pret a Portea - The Berkeley
Photo from website

Served in the Caramel Room between 1pm - 6pm daily, this afternoon tea is priced at £41.00 per person. For more information about this afternoon tea please visit the Berkeley website.

If you enjoy this exclusive afternoon tea we'd love to hear about it!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Monday, 6 October 2014

Tried and Tested....More from Whittard

Hello there,

Welcome back to another tried and tested tea article from Tea With Me and Friends. Recently I was lucky enough to receive a lovely package of tea from Whittard, which included the Chelsea Garden loose tea and the Mango and Bergamot loose leaf.

I recently had the lovely Becca over at my house, so I decided some tea tasting was in order.....

Loose leaf teas from Whittard

We decided to start with the Chelsea Garden Blend which is a blended tea with white tea, rosebuds and flavouring, which was Whittard's tea of the month in May. White tea is the base for this blend, which is very delicate, light and sweet. 

Chelsea Garden Loose Leaf Tea  from Whittard

The tea is made from the youngest buds and softest leaves, which are then left to dry naturally in the mountain air. When we opened the package we found the leaves were quite large and did not fit in my infuser and so we made a pot of tea for this one...

This tea was a lovely amber colour when brewed. We found the tea to be light in flavour, not overly floral and something we could enjoy at different times in the day. We brewed the tea for about three minutes and drank it without milk.

We then moved onto the Mango and Bergamot blend, which has green tea as a base. The Green Sencha is combined with petals and the flavour of mango, lulo and a gentle hint of bergamot to make a really pretty blend....

Mango and Bergamot loose leaf tea from Whittard

This tea is sweet and fruity, yet light and not at all synthetic. Again we brewed it for about three minutes and did not use milk or sugar. ....

The tea was light in colour when brewed and very refreshing. I have since enjoyed this tea at different times of the day, but I particularly enjoy it as an afternoon beverage.

The Chelsea Garden tea is £6.00 for 50g and the Mango and Bergamot is £6.00 for 100g.

Although I was sent these teas from Whittard, all opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. To find out more about the teas on offer from Whittard visit their website.

Do you have a favourite tea that you think we should try - let us know by leaving a comment, we'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for popping by today,

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Time for Tea....Playboy Club London

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends. Today we want to share with you a recent afternoon tea experience which has a twist and a tail...when Lorna, Becca and I met some Playboy Bunnies at the Playboy Club in London and enjoyed a spot of afternoon tea. This afternoon tea launched in July this year, and we were invited as guests of the Playboy Club to try their offering.

Now, the traditionalists out there might already be shuddering slightly, exclaiming "what on earth does the Playboy Club know about afternoon teas??"....but bear with us on this one...

The tea is served in Salvatore's Bar which is a dark, but comfortable space where customer service is second to none and the cocktails flow! The bar staff and Playboy Bunnies could give some of the top hotels in London a run for their money when it comes to customer care.

We arrived slightly early, but were welcomed into the bar and found a seat straight await. We had the menu explained to us and then were left to choose our "tea".....

Time for Tea - Playboy Club style!

So, if you want a proper cup of a tea, then maybe this experience isn't for you. But if you fancy trying a rather wonderful tea based cocktail with your food, then you've come to the right place. The Playboy Club gives you four different varieties to pick from and there is something for everyone...with a traditional, a fruity, a floral and a spicy cocktail.

They cocktails are served in rather lovely iron teapots and cups.

As we began enjoying our drinks, listening to the piano player,  the sweet and savoury treats were brought out to us.....

Afternoon tea
Playboy Club, London

The food is served on slate tea stands, which fit the sophisticated surroundings of the bar. The bottom slate contains a good selection of generously sized savouries and on the top tier you will find a variety of sweets that will make your mouth water.

The afternoon tea has gone pink this month, supporting Breast Cancer Awareness, but the themeing is not at all tacky and I think the flavours all worked really well. For every tea sold in October, a donation will be made to Breast Cancer Awareness.

The savoury selection - Playboy Club

On the bottom tier we discovered beetroot and ricotta sourdough bruschetta, smoked trout on crouton, pastrami on a mini brown roll and generous finger sandwiches filled with prawn mayonnaise.

All the savouries were fresh and tasted wonderful. We all really enjoyed the beetroot bruschetta and I loved the luxurious prawn mayonnaise finger sandwiches, which had a mild kick to them. Each of the savouries was presented well, with lovely attention to detail.... 

More savouries - Playboy Club

Now, the eagle-eyed of you out there might be asking "but where are the scones" and this is the part where traditionalists might shudder again....there was only one token scone on the plate...cleverly incorporated into this blackberry and clotted cream shot....

Token scone at the Playboy Club

I really enjoyed this part of the tea, the jelly and clotted cream worked really well together. The mini scone was slightly claggy in texture, but that was soon forgotten when you piled some of the clotted cream onto it!

To be honest we didn't really miss the scone part of tea here - there was plenty of food and we all left feeling satisfied. There was a good selection of sweets to choose from and I am pleased to report there was one of each for everyone....

Afternoon tea sweets - Playboy Club London

This top tier included mini berry macaroons which were crisp on the outside and so wonderfully chewy in the middle. We also enjoyed perfectly spiced carrot cakes and iconic bunny cupcakes, although as Lorna found if you didn't eat your chocolate ears quickly they might fall off....

Lorna and the droppy bunny ears!

All the sweets were very tasty and I am hard pushed to pick a favourite...but possibly that carrot cake might just win! They sweets were all a good size....not too large that you couldn't enjoy them all, but not too small either. We really enjoyed this selection.

Afternoon tea is served between 5-7pm, Tuesday to Saturday at the Playboy Club. The tea, including the tea-based cocktail, costs just £30.00 per person. I think this is really good value as you get a brilliant choice of good quality food, plus a cocktail each. To find out more about afternoon tea at the Playboy Club visit their website.

Once we had finished our food we decided to stay a little bit longer and enjoy a cocktail from the extensive main menu...it took a while to pick from the menu as they all sounded so good, but we were all really pleased when our choices appeared....

Cocktails at the Playboy Club

Now, as well as taking photos of all the scrummy food and cocktails we enjoyed, there was one last photo that we needed....

Tea With Me and Friends and the Playboy Bunnies - I think we fit right in!

We would like to thank the Playboy Club and all the staff we encountered on our visit for their hospitality and great service. Please note that although we were guests at the Playboy Club, this has not affected our judgement and all thoughts in this post are our own.

Thank you for popping by today,