So I love afternoon tea; I mean, what’s not to love? Scones, cakes, pastries and yummy sandwiches. I actually don’t like tea or coffee, but I’m only there for the cake anyway so why does it matter?
On Valentines Day I brought Sam afternoon tea for Bohemia. I’ve seen a lot of photos and heard a lot about it and it has always looked amazing, so it seemed like the perfect present. Bearing in mind though this was in February, and four months later I’m vegan and Sam is transitioning. This obviously raises some issues because 1) do they even cater for vegans and 2) is it going to be as good? But I suppose it’s too late because we have the voucher so it’s got to be used.
As always, when booking I checked that they could do a vegan version. I was disappointed to hear back that they could but it would be limited: “We can replace scones, cakes by fresh fruit and panna cotta.” I mean, it’s not exactly difficult to make a vegan scone or cake and I was wary of them just replacing with fresh fruit. It’s Bohemia! I was disappointed that it sounded like it wouldn’t be quite as exciting as I had hoped it would be. If I’m honest, had we not had a voucher, I wouldn’t have gone.
However, in actual fact, it was fab! Yes, it was limited but I personally think they really under sold the fact that it wouldn’t be the same as the normal version and whilst technically yes, they did replace things with fruit, it was still good.
To start we received a plate of mini sandwiches each which were really nice. We each had a cucumber, lettuce and tomato one, a beetroot and walnut one and a roast pepper and aubergine one which was my favourite. We also noted that when we saw the other ‘normal’ afternoon tea’s they were just in simple crustless bread whereas our’s came in delicious mini-rolls. I definitely preferred the look of our sandwiches to the normal ones.
Oh yeah, and we were also offered a selection of different infused teas, but as neither of us really drink tea or coffee, we stuck to water instead and also got a mojito.
Then came the ‘cakes’. Obviously they weren’t cakes and they didn’t come in a tiered stand; it was more like receiving a dessert. That’s not to say though that I wasn’t very impressed, although that being said, my expectations were low after the email exchange.
We had a strawberry and raspberry panna cotta, a fruits of the forest frozen gratin thing and a blood orange and apple salad thing. The fruits of the forest and the blood orange and apple salad came with these hard little balls which were really different and helped to give them different textures; I would imagine without them it might have been a bit boring.
All in all I was really impressed. Whilst it would have been nice to have some scones and cakes, this was a good alternative. Also it was nice to go away not feeling like I’d had a sugar overload like I normally do after afternoon tea.