Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I always love Afternoon Teas which are visually exciting and certainly this culinary delight at One Aldwych did not disappoint!
The timing was apt as we sat down to tea just as I had found out that I would soon be moving to the Maldives, so our spirits were high and we were in the mood to celebrate! The setting is modern and airy with some beautiful sculptures bringing life to the space which sits in a prime Central London location. Staff welcomed us eagerly and showed us to a comfortable sofa table before presenting us with menus and serving us a delicious 'Champagne Charlie' cocktail.
Everything about the experience was wonderful and theatrical - exactly how you would expect something named 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' to be. The menu itself was beautiful with an illustration from the Roald Dhal story on the back, which you are able to take home with you. We dove straight in...
Sandwiches were delicious and unusual with the much welcomed addition of a savoury tart and a basket full of brioche. The tart was also served warm which was a great touch and best of all was that they actually refilled your sandwiches before you'd started on the pastries - perfect!
|Sandwiches and warm tarts|
And then to the main event which has been sitting in front of us the entire time, teasing with the mysterious elements that await our taste buds. The candy-floss glistens, the golden egg excites and the milkshakes beckon with retro straws. Everything looks and smells divine and we soon found out the the taste was perfection too!
|Selection of pastries and yummy things...|
This Afternoon Tea really is one that you have to see (and taste!) to believe. It is visually exciting and brings a burst of flavour to the room as well as to your palate. This is a tea to be excited by and proud of, which you can tell that the staff here also feel as they are as equally excited to serve it to you as you are to eat it!
All in all I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this Afternoon Tea was. Often these themed teas go too much for the gimmick and sacrifice the taste, but One Aldwych have really hit the nail on the head here, successfully combining an exciting concept with deliciously paired teas and cocktails, tying in perfectly too with the launch of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical. A fabulous day out and I am only sorry that I'm now too far away to return! Thank you team One Aldwych!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is served daily at One Aldwych and is priced at £34.50 per person
£45.00 per person including a glass of Lallier Champagne or a Cocktail Charlie