Back in November, I bought a Time Out 2 for the price of 1 voucher for a ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic‘ afternoon tea at the Podium Restaurant.
Luckily it had a long time til the expiry date, and me and my friend finally got round to using it on Wednesday.
I have had a chocolate afternoon tea before, at Claridges – and I was definitley looking forward to having a similar experience! Of course, it was totally different, but not any less fabulous!
So, first of all, (after being served with our champagne – and very nice it was too!) we were given our sandwiches – unlike any that I’ve had in the past, we were presented with a beautiful plate each of open sandwiches – egg mayonnaise & cress, smoked salmon & horseradish, cream cheese & cucumber, ham, mustard & tomato and prawn marie-rose. We could have had any combination we asked for 🙂 they were lovely and fresh and, being open, they weren’t too filling.
I almost always go for the Assam tea, but felt daring – so for the first time ever I tried Lapsang Souchong (delicious and unbelievably smokey) – which they brought with the main attraction – look at that! Doesn’t it all look amazing?
The scones were warm, fluffy and light. We got one chocolate chip one each (which also had a couple of crisped rice bits in them) and one plain and one fruit. As well as clotted cream and extremely strawberry jam that had obviously been made on the premises, there was a gorgeous kind of praline chocolate mousse. Scones with chocolate (and clotted cream) – I can NOT stress how good this tastes. I mean really, chocolate and scones, who knew?! It sounds so wrong but it was oh so right!
The middle tier was lovely but the least exciting – a Battenberg (and neither of us like marzipan), two small cupcakes (and again, neither of us are that keen on American-style cupcakes – I mean, what is it with all that icing? why do they need it?) but these were quite nice as they had little surprises in the centre. The sachertorte was VERY scrummy though. Chocolatey and rich.
The top tier was the star of the show – a choux bun filled with a chocolate orange mousse and topped with an iced shortbread butterfly; a white chocolate pot filled with chocolate mousse and raspberries; a macaron that reminded us of those chocolate limes that you used to get in sweetshops; a rhubarb and custard meringue on a stich and a marshmallow ‘ice cream’ in a cone on a stick, both in a glass of sherbert topped with little edible balls and finally a white chocolate ganache/mousse slice filled with cherries that had been soaked in kirsch (I think) and coated in something crunchy.
It was all absolutely amazing – tasty, gorgeous and surprisingly not too sweet. Fantastic 🙂
So, we were getting ready to leave, happily full but not uncomfortably stuffed when the waiter came over and asked us if we had finished. I said yes thank you and continued, so he asked again, did we not want any more? I was shocked – was there another course or something that we weren’t expecting? And then he pointed back to the tower and asked if we wanted it wrapped. It was only then that I realised that the glittery ‘wooden’ board that the top tier of goodies had been on was in fact chocolate! A block of dark chocolate.
I did indeed want to take it home, so he disappeared for a few seconds and then came back with it all packaged in a lovely little box for me to bring home.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience. I would thoroughly recommend it. The ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic’ Afternoon Tea at Podium Restaurant is £29.50 usually, or £37.50 with a glass of champagne.