For my best friend’s birthday last year something special had to be done. I had arranged an afternoon tea at sketch during the short timeframe she was going to be in London, otherwise I rarely get to see her. Sketch is located right off Regent Street and when you enter its truly like stepping into another world. The first thing you notice is the interior design. On your way to the famous pink dining area, you’ll pass a bar on your left which looks like something out of Alice In Wonderland.
The afternoon tea was located in the Gallery with completely different interior. Pretty pink, low light and so cosy (probably not a place to have a boys day out). We went around Christmas so there was live music every 30 minutes which was such a nice addition to the relaxed atmosphere. We had the Christmas afternoon tea which came with a rather small glass of Pommery brut Silver NV Champagne to start with. For the tea I chose jasmine pearls green tea as always. The tea pots and cups were very quirky to go with the rest of the restaurant interior.
Shortly after we had been sipping on our tea and champagne, the afternoon tea stand arrived. Let me warn you.. do not eat anything before coming to sketch for afternoon tea! We started with the savoury which contained a selection of the following sandwiches: corn-fed coronation chicken, smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream, cucumber and ricotta, warm Comté cheese panini and egg & mayonnaise with quail egg and caviar. My absolute favourite out of these was definitely the coronation chicken because it was full of flavour and I also enjoyed the panini. The rest didn’t stand out much at all.
Next were the pastries: passion fruit tartlet, citrus and raspberry cake, pistachio choux, chocolate and mint gâteau. I personally really enjoyed the pistachio which contained pistachio flavoured custard. The passion fruit tartet was also full of flavours.
Now what’s an afternoon tea without scones? We chose plain scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The scones arrived warm but slightly hard and dry. To add a Christmas touch, we were also served a raspberry and lemon cake as well as a coconut, banana and praline cake (I told you don’t eat before you come!). I was personally not a fan of the flavour combination or texture of either cake.
Lastly as if we hadn’t eaten enough, to wrap up we were served tangy citrus meringue and malabar marshmallows.
SKETCH AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW SUMMARY
The service was flawless and the amount of food and pastries you get is great. At £69, this was by far the most expensive afternoon tea I’ve had and as lovely as the general atmosphere was, the actual tea stand was hit and miss. This is why I can’t justify the high price and recommend it. I’ve been to far better tasting teas for almost half the price. The menu can be found here.
9 Conduit St,
London W1S 2XG