Did you know…
The Opium War was fuelled because of tea and its lucrative trade. Now that’s the real tea.
This was a result of the East India Company attempting to bounce back from the deficit in the tea trade game they were facing against China, by smuggling Indian opium into China itself to gain traction for silver payments.
We had the chance to taste three different teas paired with different foods, and if I didn’t love tea enough, I am swooning over it now.
One of the highlights for me, food-wise, was the ‘crobun’ sandwich. For an afternoon tea, this form of sandwich added to the efficiency of the experience. Part of the classic croissant experience could mean smearing bits of oil and flakes onto the mouth and transferring that into the tea would not be ideal. The crobun here kept the integrity of the sandwich shape without being dry, at the same time drawing out the depth of taste from the fillings.
I particularly liked the peppered beef pastrami with gherkin & mustard mayonnaise, and the roast breast of chicken & bacon with basil pesto mayonnaise - the taste of the fillings was rich yet well balanced in proportion and consistency. Paired alongside the low grown Ceylon tea from Golden Garden Estate, the overall taste experience was superb!
We also had a round of scones with jam and cream, and a desserts’ selection. They were paired with the high grown Ceylon tea from Inverness Estate, and the “Planters’ Mistress” blended single origin Ceylon tea, respectively.
Which tea did you think was my favourite? Let me know in the comments down below!
Last but not least, going into my other favourite part of visiting places: the space itself!
Asymmetry and plenty of windows to let in natural light? A WIN for me!
I really appreciated how the space accentuated the geometric play of symmetrical and asymmetrical lines on the ceilings and furniture/decor which seemed to have maximised the space- creating these individual sub-sections of bar; restaurant; and cafe/event/pop-up space (where the afternoon tea was held).
The spatial design also gave a sense of the space being in constant freeform and flux which added to the lively experience of enjoying the afternoon tea there:- the open kitchen in full action and the transparency and openness from the plentiful windows and natural light (also being able to witness both rain or sunshine), it was very much a lived experience, indeed.
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