The joys of afternoon tea know no bounds here in London so imagine my delight at not only being at one of my favourite hotels with my mother, but also enjoying a very British menu. With my mum’s favourites,Welsh rarebit and rather posh quail Scotch eggs, a plenty, One Aldwych delighted us all afternoon. I don’t eat eggs (childhood fear in full swing…) but my mum gobbled them down noting the spiced sausage meat and soft yolk, whilst I tucked into traditional cucumber sandwiches amidst the chic surroundings and pretty floral arrangements.
I’ve been back in the UK for six months now and every time I see something uniquely British, I’m reminded of arguably the best decision I ever made: coming home. It sounds a little dramatic but seeing slices of Battenberg cake made me ridiculously giddy. Maybe because it reminds me of being a happy little child, making cute can-I-have-another-slice eyes at my mother after school. Much to my surprise, nobody outside of this wee island seems to know what it is. It is a checkered sponge cake covered in marzipan and perfect with a pot of tea. If you haven’t tried it, do! The brownies were rich and the carrot cake flavoursome but unfortunately we couldn’t finish everything. If there’s one thing to be said about One Aldwych, they sure know how to feed you!
It pains me to say something negative given how delicious everything was but serving scones at room temperature was a disappointment. They need to be warm for me to fully enjoy them. That said, with lashings of clotted cream and jam, I simply couldn’t resist eating one, or was it three? I can’t quite remember…
Not Just Another Milla was a guest of One Aldwych.
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