“ City: London / Country: England „
I found this place from timeout food review for afternoon tea. Hidden tea room (HTR) is a underground restaurant that is opened by an American couple. They served afternoon tea with champagne for 25 pounds.
There is a big dining table which sits 12 people so you are sitting with strangers and you are bonding with them over food. HTR does take on private events so if you are uncomfortable with sitting with strangers, book a private event and bring all 11 friends with you.
It lived up to the timeout review and more! Everything is hot from the oven and freshly baked and the owner also sat around for a chat afterwards. (most definitely one of things to do with her) Her dog came out later to bid us farewell and it was such a sweet dog.
1) Sign up for the mailing list. This ensures that you know when the newest dates are released. Do not hesistate because slots are sold out fast. There is a 3 pound booking charge, so the total goes to 28 pounds.
2) The food is amazing. It is a 6 course afternoon tea. Champagne is served at the door. Then the American Cheddar biscuit comes out which are to die for. (Besides cheddar, there is the taste of chives, and onions and somehow, everything comes together wonderfully leaving you wanting more!).
After that, you pick your tea (a huge list to pick from). The tea comes in those glass teapots with strainer for your own consumption, and hot water refills. The tea is of a high quality, very fresh, and loose leaves are used.
Sandwiches come after (4 pieces which is just nice because you want room for dessert). The cucumber sandwiches is nicely crunchy and my personal favourite is the Witshire Honey ham.
To differ from other afternoon teas, there is a palate cleanser at this point in the form of sorbet. Very tasty sorbet which did perk up my taste buds.
Scones at this point with clotted cream and preserves. These are mini scones. There is fruit scone and plain scone to consume, can ask for more if you still have stomach space. I like the plain scones. It was way better than the scones I have eaten in fortnum and mason!
After that, the homemade pastries and biscuit emerges. By this time, it does get scary because i have overindulged on the scones and can't manage to actually eat the biscuits even though they look tempting. I was offered toffee brownie, shortbread cookies and lemon drizzle cake (yes, all 3 of them) and I just had to take a bit of each and they were heavenly.
Someone within the group has a birthday and the baker came out with a candle on the cupcake for her. It was cosy enough for us to just sing happy birthday for her. The cupcakes look amazing but I couldn't manage to eat a single bite of that. It tastes probably as good as it looks going by the quality of all the other food.
At the end, to top it all off, there is jasmine tea, and hand rolled truffles. The jasmine tea did aid in the digestion. The early grey truffles, well, I would have paid more money to carry home more.
3) Value for money. For all the food I am eating, for the quality of food, and one lazy afternoon of bonding with strangers (just to find out what the rest of London do) and why do people invite strangers into their home, I think it is a very good price to pay. There are cheaper afternoon tea out there but they do not provide as much food and they also make u share the sweets and the desserts. Whereas in HTR, all the food is on an individual portion and going by how full I was at the end (as compared to eating at other tea places), this is a wonderful place!
So visit the website, sign yourself up and make sure you go at least once in your life time!