For my 24th birthday yesterday I booked us afternoon tea at The Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone, London.
We were seated in a contemporary yet chic lounge area with sunken sofa seats and a table set up with Zandra Rhodes beautiful, butterfly bona china. Then came the menus; I had the fashion pink tea and Jon went for the men’s tea. The men’s tea is a more formal alternative to the traditional stag activity in London and we were told it’s becoming increasingly popular.
We were provided with a selection of savoury and sweet options from the menu and asked to select a tea option – I went for the rose bud tea and Jon had green tea. After our waiter explained the stand of food in detail, we were ready to tuck in.
The stands are a piece of art in themselves, artfully presented to display each cake as a tempting treat. The fashion tea includes scones and clotted cream, cupcakes, pink meringue and a selection of sandwiches while the men’s tea consists of a steak sandwich, mini burgers and cognac fudge, amongst other items.
For a modern, fun and stylish take on the quintessentially English afternoon tea, head for The Mandeville. Understated modern luxury, perfect for both men and women.
The Mandeville Afternoon Tea, £26.50 pp – Link