As an avid reader of Stylist and its daily Emerald Street email, I couldn't resist booking myself and a friend a 2 for 1 afternoon tea at Podium Park Lane. Podium offer a chocolate afternoon tea which sounded like a fun take on a traditional afternoon tea, I was convinced to book it as soon as I read that it would be served on a chocolate plate. That sounded like a challenge right there.
My friend and I both chose white tea to accompany our chocolate feast which was really refreshing and a good compliment to all the sweetness that was to come. The staff were really good at constantly replenishing our tea supply, I think we got through four pots during the four hours that we were there! The staff were attentive but happy to leave us to it which was lovely and it came as a bit of a shock when we realised that we'd been there so long as we weren't rushed at all.
Our sandwiches came first, separately to the rest of the tea. Our waitress checked that we were happy with all the suggested fillings first and also gave us a choice of the type of scone we wanted. I liked how these were open sandwiches rather than traditional finger ones:
After the sandwiches we were presented with the main event, a beautiful three-tier platter of scones, cakes and finally a chocolate plate with sweet treats on top.
We started with the scones, we chose to have a mix of chocolate chip and raisin. I'm not usually a fan of scones but these were the best I've ever tried - still warm and with a lovely light texture. The velvety strawberry jam and praline chocolate spread they were served with were delicious:
The next tier featured a vanilla and red velvet cupcake, a rather luminous battenburg and a mini slice of Sachertorte. The cupcakes were my favourite, they had a 50/50 split of cake and icing!
Finally, we made it to the top layer. A pistachio macaroon, a profiterole, a cherry and white chocolate cake and lollies in a shot glass of coloured sugar. All served on a chocolate plate:
The chocolate plate was so thick and had three solid chocolate "legs". The chocolate was incredibly strong so we only managed a tiny bit of it but it was a nice touch and we could have had the plate to go in a doggie bag if we weren't feeling so sugared out by the end.
This was a lovely afternoon tea with a twist and definitely one for chocolate fans.
What's your favourite afternoon tea spot?