Rachael’s Adventures in Tealand – Part One

What fantastic tea adventures I have had recently!

Tea in the sunshine

My first tea adventure came in the form of drinking lots of tea in sunny Rhodes, where we stayed at the wonderful Elysium Resort and Spa again this year.  As well as regular tea-time in the sunshine and in our beach suite, we ordered their Afternoon Tea on our balcony – a rather impressive sunny tea-time, and one to remember!

We enjoyed a savoury course of smoked turkey served in canape spoons rather than bread; and a yummy combination of mini cakes, chocolate mousse and fresh fruit mini-tarts.  It was quite a novelty having afternoon tea in the blazing heat of Greece, and felt very civilised on our balcony overlooking the idyllic bay.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Then there was the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with the lovely ladies ofThe Secret Tea Society at the Sanderson!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea has been remixed and is a real feast for the eyes (and stomach!)  We started our tea in style with a refreshing glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, followed by a plethora of Wonderland-inspired treats, including a selection of unusual dessert-themed tea blends – apple pie, strawberries and cream and mint choc chip, in beautiful decorative bottles.  I particularly enjoyed the apple pie tea, which was full of cinnamon and so comforting – like Christmas in a teapot!

The sandwiches were delicious – all rolled up in rainbow colours – as were the mixture of sweet and savoury scones.  There followed mushroom and carrot-shaped marshmallows, “Drink Me” fruit custard, and gooey cakes, including a dark chocolate tea cup filled with green tea mousse! Tea and chocolate – a fabulous combination!

We had a wonderful afternoon of good company, gossip, good food and of course, lots of tea!  I think my favourite element of the Mad Hatter’s Tea was the china – the plates and teacups are stunning and such clever designs.  I really want the “Tea” teacup to add to my collection!

More fun adventures in Tealand to follow, so until next time…enjoy your tea break!

Rachael X