You see, life has taken over of late and blogging has taken a back seat. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been saying yes to lots of fabulous things that I have been dying to share with you, quite the opposite. So I decided to take the bull by the horns and quickly jot down a little afternoon tea post for you, in honour of its dedicated week.
It’s a review of somewhere that I have wanted to visit for a long time, and in fact I do declare that I found it to be the best afternoon tea in London (so far).
I am talking about the fabulous pink parlour that is Sketch London.
Decked out like a kitch pink paradise, there is a fear that a date at Sketch is going to be a little bit cheesy. But it isn’t, it’s divine, stylish, quirky and utterly delicious.
The trip was a surprise from the boy when we were in London for some of his sporting challenges. He wanted to organise something that was a treat for me, to appease me whilst I was spectating at his open water swim and 10k run. I didn’t actually need appeasing, I love supporting him at his crazy challenges, but I was more than happy to take the bate regardless because the chosen destination was Sketch. Which I had been banging on about FOREVER.
Seemingly unimposing from the outside, as soon as you enter the dark corridors of Sketch you know it is going to be incredible, but nothing prepares you for the fabulous dining room that your afternoon tea will be served in. I mean, I’ve told you its pink right? Everywhere. But it also has rather amusing sketches adorning the walls. And the toilets, well those white pods are an experience in themselves…
But what we were really there for was the food right? With the perfect surroundings I had such high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Hands down, the best savoury offering from any afternoon tea I have had in this country, and certainly on a par with Dublin’s ‘a most peculiar afternoon tea‘. I hold the savoury element of an afternoon tea in quite high regard, it’s not all about the cake for me. It’s the whole package. And to be frank most places simply don’t deliver on the savoury course, offering uninspired and hastily prepared traditional sandwiches.
Sketch did no such thing. Particular highlights for me: the mozzarella and pesto panini that commenced our experience – flavoursome, gooey and just warm enough, the coronation chicken sandwich and the green asparagus, cucumber and ricotta treat. There was traditional, yes, but everything had a twist. (The egg sandwich, which in itself I don’t like, was served with a little quail egg on top AND caviar. Now that, I managed to polish off).
The sweets followed suit as well, after such an incredible start. There was a pistachio Battenberg, blueberry and liquorice tart, opera cake, peach and lemon cheesecake and, my ultimate favourite, marshmallows… and of course the obligatory scones. They were served warm with raspberry or fig jam.
And that’s not all. Not only is the food delicious, but they will top you up with anything you want more of! Practically unheard of on at the afternoon tea scene.
Normally afternoon tea is £45 per person, so although it is on the pricy side, it is worth every penny. We actually splashed out a little more to enjoy some champers with ours.
After I have raved about the experience lots of my friends are keen to go, and I can hand on heart say I would happily make the trip back with them! Absolute Afternoon Tea perfection.
Make sure you enjoy some afternoon tea this week you lovely lot. After all, it’s the perfect week to do it…