Last weekend, a very Alice-in-Wonderland obsessed friend and I cashed in a voucher from wowcher.co.uk and visited the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross, London for an afternoon tea inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous tale. Normally £35 per head, the Amba Hotel were offering a two-for-one special on this very special lunch and, from what we could see, there were many tables cashing in on this great deal.
The four star hotel is right in the heart of London, just a stones throw away from Trafalgar Square but as soon as you step inside the lobby, the capital’s hustle and bustle is silenced by the beautifully plush interior. Upon entering the restaurant on the first floor we were greeted warmly and shown to our table with lovely views across to Trafalgar Square. After being welcomed by our server we were then informed about the afternoon’s proceedings, beginning with a lovely ‘Alice’s Cocktail’ (made even more lovely by the fact that we didn’t realise the lunch came with a cocktail!). Whilst waiting for our lunch we had time to take in the beautiful decor of the hotel itself, complimented by very cute mismatched patterned china that suited the Alice in Wonderland theme so well.
The tea menu was large and when served came in equally large teapots, although drinking tea and cocktails at the same time didn’t go down too well with the tastebuds. The afternoon tea itself was served promptly, with a short but understandable wait, seeing as the restaurant was quite busy with other wowcher-toting lunch goers. We were greeted with three tiers of beautifully presented goodies, including a variety of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Although not massive fans of the sandwich fillings, the salmon on brioche buns went down very well along with the whole variety of cakes and tarts. Visually, the cakes and treats were very attractive and all adhered to the Alice in Wonderland theme including an ‘Eat Me’ cake and a mad-hatter themed filled biscuit. Some of the treats were deemed to be very sickly but they all tasted delicious, although not all of them could be eaten!
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea at the Amba Hotel. With plush surroundings, friendly and attentive staff and gorgeous food it is top of my list to return to if I ever feel the need for another decadent afternoon tea (with or without the wowcher).