I recently tried The Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea and I have mixed feelings about it. It’s an Alice in Wonderland theme, which I love the idea of, since Alice Through The Looking Glass is one of my all time favourite books.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea

The Mad Hatters Afternoon tea was very well themed and instagrammable. Actually, the whole outside area at the Sanderson Hotel is Instagrammable. With the flower covered swinging chair, water feature and flamingos. There’s photo opportunities aplenty. The matching tableware had a fun circus theme, which didn’t really go with the Mad Hatters idea, but it was very cute. I especially liked the way the plates, matched up with the saucers.

The service at The Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea was top notch. I couldn’t fault it. Everything ran smoothly. We didn’t have to wait around to be seated, to get our food, cocktails or teas. And when it was time to pay, it was swift, and we didn’t spend 10 minutes trying to get the server’s attention. Which is always a plus.

But what about the food? Hmmm. Well, at best the food at The Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea was a bit hit and miss. There were some really tasty items, some that were ok, and some that really didn’t taste of much at all. At an afternoon tea, there is always going to be items, that are not as good as others. But, it seemed to me, there was more misses than hits. So, what were the hits and misses?

Hits and Misses At The Sanderson Hotel  Afternoon Tea

Smoked Salmon Scotch Egg

Before you get put off by the idea. Give it a try. It’s absolutely delicious. Think of a traditional scotch egg, but instead of pork, it’s smoked salmon. This bite size treat will leave you craving more. I could have honestly eaten 10!

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Smoked Salmon Scotch Egg

One of the most important part of any afternoon tea are the scones. These scones were actually pretty good. For the love of me, I can’t remember if they were plain or raisin scones. However, I can remember that they were soft, light and small enough to not be filling. The only downside was that the jam was a bit meh. It was a bit too runny and didn’t really taste of anything.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Scone

Queen Of Hearts Jammie Dodger

I’m a lover of Jammie Dodgers but I was not a fan of this. It certainly wasn’t the queen of my heart. The pastry was far too crumbly and felt a bit like sand in your mouth. Sweet, sweet sand, but sand still the same. The jammie middle was nice, sweet, and tasted like strawberries.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Queen Of Hearts Jammie Dodger

Chocolate Chess Piece Cake

This was one of the most disappointing parts of The Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea. It looked amazing. I had such high hopes for it. With the little chess piece on top of the multi layered chocolate cake. Well, no! It was utterly disappointing. It did taste like chocolate. But that’s the only positive thing I can say about it.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Chocolate Chess Piece Cake
Macaron Stopwatch

Another disappointing pastry! I love Macarons. Macarons are one of my favourite sweet treats. I didn’t love this. It was overly sweet, so much so, that you couldn’t really pick up on any other flavours.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Macaron Stopwatch
Blue Chocolate Caterpillar

Surprisingly this was my favourite pastry! A little chocolate truffle disguised as a blue caterpillar. The chocolate was nice and rich. It wasn’t an overly sweet chocolate. And it was just the right size. The only bad thing… that blue food colouring stains. My fingers were blue for the rest of the day.

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Blue Chocolate Caterpillar

All in all The Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea was a fun experience with plenty of photo opportunities. It was only £45 for the afternoon tea with a cocktail. Considering the location and the buzz about the hotel. It was reasonably priced.


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I’m Heather, Hetty is a nickname, given to me by my besties daughter. I’m a Social Media Recruiter by day and a foodie by night, weekend and any time i’m not working. My main hobby is searching London for food I find on the Internet.


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