14 August 2013

Willy Wonka's Afternoon Tea & Beating the Monday Blues

Let me paint you a wee picture. It was pouring with rain, had been a hard day at the desk job and worst of all it was a Monday. I hopped in a cab, to be greeted by the smiling concierge with (hallelujah!) a held out umbrella, I hopped into the plushly decorated Chesterfield reception to meet the lovely Kelly. After a a few minutes in the piana, sorry, piano bar, we were ushered to our table.


Proceedings open with Charlie & his Grandad's fizzy lifting drink (you know, the one they use to float in the bubble room?) and we opted for a glass of Champagne, as after all it was a horrible Monday evening (how can you ever say no to Champagne?).

There was a perfectly sized tea selection, but we opted for the Willy Wonka Chocolate Tea which was delicious (modelled here by the Rose bubbly - thank you girls). The notes of chocolate were subtle but deep and delicious.


Then these babies appeared on our table. Where do you look first? (Kelly's Gluten Free selection is to the left, my Willy Wonka to the right).

 the chesterfield hotel mayfair charlie and the chocolate factory gluten free afternoon tea cake stand
 
The sandwiches were pretty tasty, usual fair I'd say - with the exception of the ham, cheese & chutney. I don't know what it was but they were utterly scrumptious. When our waiter asked if we wanted a few more bits, I overrode my usual sweet tooth and asked for more sandwiches as the ham was so good. Weird behaviour indeed!



Then we had the scones - and Kelly enjoyed hers which was good as I understand GF can be a little hit and miss. I've got to be honest with you, I didn't get a photo as I was 'in the moment', sorry, bad blogger I know. I tried drawing some for you, but it looked something like a potato with chicken pox. Just use your imagination - soft Chocolate chunk scones with jam & cream.

The most fun dish of the stand had to be the pastries all running very imaginatively with the theme. My favourites are pretty hard to call really, the Violet Beauregard Violet Macaron was delicious and the popcorn Macaron Lollipop really interesting...


The most eye-catching item on the menu was the Oompa Loompa Cupcake. Coloured a fantastically lurid orange and green, it was a citrus flavoured sponge with Cream Cheese icing, with a secret...

 


...chocolate centre.

I'm not going to lie, it did fell a little like I was actually cutting into an Oompa Loompa.
But it tasted delicious, and that's all that matters, right?

Then the utterly indulgent Golden Egg. Our were a tiny bit light on the gold (must have been a bad one like Veruca Salt) but it was exquisite. They were similar to cream eggs, but oh so rich and unctuous.

 (spot the Oompa Loompa blood)

Last but certainly not least we had our very own Wonka Bars. Crafted in their own kitchens, the pride with which they were presented to us was very evident, and charming. I saved mine until the next day, hoping to keep just a tiny bit of luxury whilst at my desk. It was lovely.


For the Gluten Free side to the afternoon tea, check out Kelly's post at Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes. If you fancy a recommendation for a London gluten free afternoon tea or travel stories, Kelly is most definitely your lady.
 
 (borrowed kindly from the Chesterfield websiste)
 
I can also report that the service was lovely - very discreet and charming. They also didn't kick us nattering Kiwis out which was very nice! I'd definitely recommend it - it's on at the Chesterfield in Mayfield, a beautiful olde worlde hotel until the beginning of September. Get in quick!
 
Ps. speaking of delicious things, my lovely blog friend at Peaches, Please! has turned her first bloggers spotlight on this wee blog! Check out her scrumptious recipes, a random train journey and a heaping helping of southern hospitality.
 
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7 comments :

  1. I saw someone else post about this as well, it looks incredible! Too many amazing things in London.

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    1. The real trouble is only picking a few things to do as there are so many!

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  2. Oh, Emma, his looks so lovely and to name a place like that Willy Wonka is just genius. Mr. Dahl would be proud of it, I assume. I'd love o see your potatoe with chicken pocks though, rather than a real picture.

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    1. Hahahaha, it was pretty terrible! I wouldn't want to inflict my potato with chicken pox on you!

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    1. We got it at the end of the afternoon tea - Kelly is going to let us know what she gets as you can't redeem it until the next time you visit the restaurant.

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  4. OMG what a brilliant idea! i will definitely try this at home! oh wow that's wicked :) now to think of a gluten-free low-sugar version haha ♥

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