During the August Bank Holiday Weekend, me and Katie decided to treat ourselves to the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Jekyll and Hyde. We embraced the cold, miserable weather and headed to this inviting (and luckily warm!) cocktail bar for a lovely afternoon of sandwiches, cakes, cocktails and most importantly – scones!
We couldn’t really go to The Jekyll and Hyde without ordering at least one of their fab cocktails, even if it was lunchtime! I decided to try something new and went for the Wild Ting. It was refreshing, perfectly balanced and just a fantastic, memorable cocktail.
Katie had The Fluffer which was deliciously sweet and topped with a freshly made meringue that they toasted with a blowtorch at the bar. However once she had drank the actual cocktail, she was left with just a glass of meringue which tasted of egg white and wasn’t pleasant to drink alone.
Our afternoon tea arrived shortly after our cocktails and we excitedly took in all the appetising goodies! I loved the pretty vintage plates and classic cake stand it was served on too, making it even more inviting so that we couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
But before we could indulge on the food, it was time for my first ever cup of tea!! Yes you read that correctly – first ever cup of tea! And I loved it! Following a little wait on the milk and sugar, we poured ourselves a cup each from the cool house-shaped tea pot and I became a tea drinker.
Onto the food and the first tier which held three types of finger sandwiches – Cheese & Tomato, Pastrami & Cucumber, and Tuna & Cucumber. The bread was so soft and fresh on them all, and they just the right size. However I thought they were a bit stingy on the filling and could of done with a lot more. It would of also been nice to have a different 3rd filling as two of them came with cucumber in them too (aka my least favourite food!).
The Lemon Drizzle Cake off the cake plate was fab! The sponge was moist and zesty, and it was complimented nicely by the sweet raspberry jam on top. Unfortunately I couldn’t try the Chocolate Brownie myself but Katie said it nice and very rich. When I rang up to book the afternoon tea, they had promised to provide me with a substitute for any chocolate items in the afternoon tea; however they hadn’t replaced the chocolate brownie for me when we actually visited so I was left one item down. I also think it would of been nice to have another cake to make a trio as both the lemon drizzle and the brownie were quite small portion sizes.
We were both unsure what was inside the mini shot glass on the top plate but thought it possibly looked like a pannacotta or a mousse. However when we tried it we found it to be really unpleasant and unpalatable. It had no taste and a really bizarre texture that was too hard to even cut into with a spoon. We didn’t get a chance to ask what it was as all the staff were too busy, but later overheard the group next to us also concluding the same about it and they asked what it was – we all found out that it was a new experiment the chef was trying out and that it was meant to be a Pannacotta!
Moving on swiftly to the star of the show – the Fruit Scones! These were heavenly! They were soft, tasty and filled with plenty of sweet jam and indulgent clotted cream. Delicious!
The service was a little slow for saying there was only a handful of groups in the venue. Half an hour after we had finished our afternoon tea no one had come to check how it was or ask if wanted anymore drinks, and we actually ended up just going to the bar to ask for the bill and leaving.
However the afternoon tea itself exceeded my expectations and was really delicious! I loved that we also got to enjoyJekyll & Hyde cocktails at the same time too as they’re some of my favourite in Birmingham (read my review of their cocktails here
). There was a hen party also enjoying afternoon tea whilst we were there, and I think it’d be a great way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion! But even if you’re not celebrating, it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon; it’s served from 12-5pm everyday so you can visit anytime for a little treat. At £11.95 per person, I thought that it was relatively good value for money but could have benefited from extra, or the option to order more, sandwiches, cakes or scones if desired.
Disclosure: We paid for my own afternoon tea, and all opinions expressed are honest and my own