A “Wonkatastic” Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Hotel!
By Jane Venables
With the May half term holidays and the summer holidays looming, Afternoon Tea Online thought it was time to explore one of the fantastic children’s afternoon teas currently on offer in London. It’s a hard life but somebody had to do it, so off I headed with my nine year old son to The Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair to sample their Charlie & The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea and the Little Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic book and the brilliant West End musical.
Having taken a sneaky peek at the menu on the journey over, we knew we were in for some tasty sweet and savoury treats, but didn’t quite realise what a superb afternoon tea we were about to experience. Tucked away on a lovely little side street just seconds from the busy and bustling Piccadilly, The Chesterfield is a charming London hotel. Afternoon tea takes place in the very lovely Butler’s Restaurant, with its fabulous light filled conservatory where the trickle of the fountain and the pretty plants provide the perfect backdrop.
Our “Charlie & The Chesterfield” Afternoon Tea experience began just after being shown to our lovely table overlooking the rest of the conservatory with a rather fabulous fizzy lifting drink, presented in a miniature glass bottle with a mini straw. My son loved it and it was the perfect way to begin our afternoon tea. After choosing our drinks – mine the Chesterfield’s very own delicious blend of tea and a very pleasant glass of Lanson pink champagne and my son the super-rich and chocolatey hot chocolate; we received a very special visit from a very special person – Mr Willy Wonka himself. Mr Wonka takes the time to greet each and every guest to his magnificent afternoon tea, bringing with him gifts of gobstoppers and golden tickets which contain a variety of possible prizes but cannot be opened until the next visit to The Chesterfield. It was a brilliant personal touch and one that really made my son’s day.
Our food soon arrived and what a magnificent feast it was. We’ve enjoyed a couple of children’s afternoon teas together in the past and although very nice, they’ve never quite filled him up. The Little Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea is filled with all kinds of wonderful treats to keep the little ones happy. Little finger sandwiches with the likes of peanut butter and jam, chocolate chip and fruit scones and the most delicious little cakes including the all-important Wonka bar filled the plate. My Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea was spectacular, and I’m not that easy to please after having sampled countless afternoon teas in my time (I know, it’s a hard life!). The quality of the scones, the sandwich fillings (the roast chicken with grain mustard mayonnaise and almonds was my favourite) and the fabulous little cakes made with such precision and skill were more than impressive. Chocoholics will adore the golden egg, made with white chocolate but my favourite had to be the delicious little blueberry macaroon.
The sheer quality of this afternoon tea is reason alone to make the visit to The Chesterfield Hotel, but it’s the fantastic service from a team that truly seem to enjoy offering guests the very best experience that really makes it stand out in my eyes. Everyone is made to feel special and the whole Charlie theme has really been embraced. There were a few birthday celebrations that afternoon at The Chesterfield, both young and old, and I could see that the team worked hard to make them feel even more special.
We had a fabulous afternoon at The Chesterfield Hotel and with my son asking if he could go back the following week, I am certain we will return there once again in the very near future. After all, we have our golden tickets to open don’t we!
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