Afternoon tea has seen a rise in popularity recently with many places offering a twist on the traditional sandwich and scone selection. This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but never got round to. That is until I saw Malmaison Liverpool offering a Festive Afternoon Tea. I love anything festive, so of course I had to pop along to try this. Having eaten at Malmaison before, I knew that their food was excellent and would not disappoint.
We were greeted and seated by a lovely gentlemen who complemented our festive knits (obviously we had to go in our Christmas jumpers, ’tis the season after all). We were sat in a snug corner by the Christmas tree to add to the festiveness. The staff at Malmaison are very friendly and accommodating and checked if we had any dietary requirements before bringing out the mini delights.
These included a turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap, a slider and a pig in blanket brioche roll. Tom and I both agreed that the slider was the best of the three and could probably have eaten a full size version. The pig in blanket brioche roll was complemented with just the right amount of cranberry sauce to enhance the flavour of the Cumberland sausage and smokey bacon.
There was a good selection of sweet treats which included Christmas fruit cake (which I tried for the first time and enjoyed), mince pies, festive gingerbread biscuits, yule log, sherry trifle and scones. Tom isn’t the biggest dessert fan, which worked to my advantage as I got to eat extra. Surprisingly, my favourite was the sherry trifle as I usually prefer the chocolate option. However, this sherry trifle had the creamiest custard topped with delicious white chocolate, merengue and raspberry. Tom preferred the gingerbreads as the ginger was subtle and the icing enhanced the sweetness of the biscuit.
With the Festive afternoon you get a variety of speciality teas to choose from. I went for the organic peppermint tea and Tom chose the English breakfast tea. We were also given a complimentary glass of Prosecco which went down well.
I can’t talk about the Festive Afternoon Tea at Malmasion without mentioning the singer who was entertaining us whilst we dined. He had the room singing along with classic hits and festive tunes which added to the already amazing atmosphere.
For my first experience of afternoon tea, we couldn’t have picked a better place to go. The food was incredible, the staff were lovely and we left feeling full and festive. What more could you ask for?