Afternoon tea week – my good and bad afternoon tea reviews

August 17, 2017

It’s afternoon tea week. So I wanted to share some of my reviews, which detail my good and bad tea experiences from London, Manchester and even Malaysia.

Now I love a good afternoon tea. It’s a great way to while away a few hours with friends, in a way you can’t in a restaurant (unless you order lots of food, very slowly).

There’s also something incredibly fancy about sitting in a nice hotel or tea room, eating finger sandwiches and scones from fine china. For an afternoon, you can feel very posh.

Anyway, I’ve had my fair share of afternoon teas, ranging from the rather affordable, to the mid-range and higher end. Also, being a passionate foodie, I’ve reviewed most (not all), of my afternoon tea experiences for posterity.

And of course, I hope by now you’ve realized that I am nothing if not honest. So while I’ll rave about the good stuff, I’ll also share what didn’t work for me. This is my humble service to help you make the most informed choice.

So whether it’s poor service, a quirky theme or just great cakes, you’ll know about it with my unfiltered reviews.

I’ve also sampled an array of afternoon tea experiences and themes, from Moroccan to Mad hatters.

So if you’re thinking of where to have tea next, check out my summaries below, where link to the more detailed article:


Mad Hatters afternoon tea – the Sanderson Hotel London

Mad Hatters afternoon tea Sanderson hotel

The Mad Hatters afternoon tea goes above and beyond in terms of a creative dining experience. They had carrot shaped macaroons. We had salmon scotch eggs with quail. Plus of course there were scones with clotted cream and jam and cucumber sandwiches.

However Mad Hatters fell short on some crucial areas of service. See my full review here.


Mandarin Oriental Hotel afternoon tea, Kuala Lumpur

Banoffee pie at Mandarin Oriental afternoon tea

The afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental was nothing short of glitz and glam. We found that we were in good company, as a flurry of evening gowns, cummerbunds and black ties made their way to the venue. Clearly there was some swanky event going on. From the moment we arrived, we were waited on hand and foot by the perfectly mannered staff.  We really did get the five star treatment, we weren’t left waiting for our tea, staff kept checking on us to make sure we were attended to, every whim was catered for.

Read my full review and see what he had here.


Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel afternoon tea, London

afternoon tea cakes at Radisson Blu

A totally budget afternoon tea that still delivered quality.  The cakes were lovely, the salmon and egg and cress sandwich was OK, but the cucumber sandwich (not my favourite) which was a bit miserly.  Having said that, it seemed like more than enough for two of us, and we were stuffed on half the food.  One plus I would say about this afternoon tea experience was that it did give us the opportunity to spend over two hours chatting.  Staff weren’t impatient and happily refilled our cups.

But was the service reflective of the value price? Find out with my full review here.


Momo afternoon tea, London

Momo London Moroccan afternoon tea

As a Moroccan afternoon tea experience, Momo offered more than just sandwiches. Their chicken wrap was succulent, their scones were delicious (my favourite part of afternoon tea) but I didn’t care too much for the sweet pastries and crisp bread. They offered unlimited tea top ups, but they fell short on service.

Find out why in my full review here.


Patisserie Valerie, nationwide

cakes from Patisserie Valerie

Now I haven’t written up this full review yet. However I will say this – Patisserie Valerie offers a brilliant afternoon tea. They let you swap out your sandwiches. I switched dreaded cucumber and the meat and soft cheese options for avocado, halloumi and sundried tomato. And they have vegetable quiche to boot, as well as an interesting array of desserts.

I don’t believe they offer tea top-ups, and as a chain, I imagine the service may vary from location to location. However, at £25 for two people, with more than enough food, you can’t go far wrong.

The Ash Tea Rooms, Stockport, near Manchester

afternoon tea sandwiches and cakes at the Ash tea rooms

On a trip back to Manchester, I went to the Ash Tea Rooms Stockport, a cute and quaint little hideaway for afternoon tea.

The tea room also has a huge chocolatier, which does everything from personalised birthday cakes, to Easter eggs and every kind of chocolate you can imagine.

We ordered afternoon tea plus some savoury treats from the a la carte menu.

You can see what we had, and what I though of the place here.

What are your afternoon tea recommendations? and where is not so good? Let me know in a comment below.


About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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