Last Sunday was the most quintessentially English afternoon we’ve experienced in a while. A sunny walk around Smithfield, meeting a friend on the green before taking afternoon tea at the swanky Malmaison Clerkenwell. Still under the impression that football would be “coming home” very soon. The friend in case being fellow blogger Nicola King from East London Girl. We’ve teamed up with Nicola to organise regular blogger events, bringing together a network of like minded foodies to enjoy a shared experience. On this occasion, we sampled a fantastic afternoon tea, meaning sandwiches, cakes and plenty of fizz, obviously.
The Malmaison normally serves afternoon tea in their stylish restaurant but we were given a lavishly adorned table in a private room, perfect for rubbing shoulders and sharing tales of tastiness with the other bloggers. The Mumm rose champagne flowed and the merriment reached a crescendo when our generously loaded platters of teatime delicacies were delivered.
This take on the classic afternoon tea is somewhat different from the norm. The sandwiches were a cut above what we’d typically expect. Mr Flavour hatched a cunning plan, sitting next to East London Girl and agreeing to trade his sweet nibbles for her savoury goods. Guess who got the better deal in the end? He polished his sandwiches off in double time before wolfing down half of her cakes too! The savouries were particularly special: A cool cucumber and cream cheese bagel, an egg mayo sub and a deliciously seasoned Louisiana slider made a nice change to standard English fare. The sweet treats were awesome too: A salted caramel chocolate brownie so decadently moist that it silenced the room for a moment. An assortment of mini scones prompted the old jam or cream first debate. It’s cream first of course and anyone who disagrees is clearly bonkers. The double chocolate cupcake was picture-perfect, prompting an Instagram competition to take the best cupcake selfie with some very interesting results.
The tea itself is a big part of such an occasion and we were presented with an extensive selection from Taylors of Harrogate. Each diner got a pot of hot water and a fine variety traditional, fruity and herbal teas to choose from. There were also some fancy cocktails on offer. Ever keen to push the boundaries, we opted to take a break from the norm by adding some exotic alcoholic beverages to this traditionally British afternoon ritual. God save the Queen!
Afternoon tea is a real crowd pleaser and Malmaison offered a fantastic new version. Our foodie friends left with clean plates, satisfied smiles and a cheery feeling! We’re very much looking forward to the next blogger event.
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