Sunday, 22 March 2015

One Aldwych Review- Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tea

For Mother's Day I wanted to do something different, and knowing how my mum and I love afternoon tea, I went on a hunt to find the perfect location. She had been to afternoon teas before, so I decided that a themed one would be something different, which is when I came across One Aldwych, They are in association with the West End show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is one of our family's favourite films. I booked a few months in advance to secure our place and I had been so eager to go ever since! I kept it from mum for months and finally gave her the surprise on Mothering Sunday. I created a replica of the famous golden ticket and hid it in a chocolate bar.

As I was working on Mother's Day, we went the following Sunday (today). On arrival, we were greeted and taken to our seats which were located in the downstairs restaurant in a cosy corner; this was great for me as crowds make me anxious and I don't like being seated where I feel too many people are looking.

The tables were set out in a minimalist and fresh style, and on each plate was the most beautiful menu; each had a different illustration of a family from the film/play. I loved the attention to detail, as I'm such a sucker for anything pretty looking!

We were served by our lovely waiter Ariold, who was so lovely and very accommodating, He started off by going through the menu with us, and asked us about any allergies etc. When we said we didn't really like certain sandwiches, he offered us other choices, I'm not too keen on many savory things...I'm just not a sandwich girl, but I wanted to try some just for the experience. The Heritage Tomato Tarts I had were actually very nice and flavorful, and my mum was very impressed with the egg mayonnaise brioche rolls and beef and horse radish sandwiches. We decided on the smooth caramel tea to start with, which was also amazing.

Before the desserts/sweets were brought out, we chose our next tea which was called Jewelled Apple, and I will say I actually favoured this over the first; both were amazing but the aromas and flavours of the apple topped it off for me,

When the desserts came out I think my heart melted a bit, I have such a sweet tooth, so I was extremely excited. The presentation was exceptional- the desserts were displayed on miniature wooden podiums, everything looked so beautiful!

The menu consisted of:
-Golden chocolate eggs filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango puree
-Eton mess
-Lime and coconut cake pops
-Home Made candy floss
-Caramel milk
-Blueberry brioche
-Cocoa bean financier
-Scones served with summer berry jam, apple and meadosweet compote and Devonshire clotted cream.

I don't want to bore you all with explanations of each miniature delicacy, but I have to mention the candy floss, which turned out to be my favourite of it all. I had looked at the menu beforehand and not thought much of the candy floss, but our waiter asked us to taste it first before he told us the flavour. We spent about 5 minutes tasting and re-tasting it until I came to the conclusion that it was rhubarb and custard. Rhubarb and custard - my favorite sweet and my mum's favorite childhood sweet. I cannot explain how much I loved it and it saddens me that I will probably never taste it again. It was so funny watching everybody else in the room trying to guess!

The overall experience was so pleasant, fun and very relaxing. The staff were lovely, even offering us more chocolate brownies (which of course we accepted and took home - thank you!)

Thank you One Aldwych for the loveliest day, I would highly recommend to anyone! 


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