“Not Afternoon Tea” @ OXO Tower

On Sunday, myself and some friends went to the Oxo Tower for their ”Not Afternoon Tea” which is their alternative offer to traditional high tea – you choose a dessert plate from a list of four and it is served with a bespoke cocktail that compliments the items on your chosen plate. The choices which were presented on an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed menu were:

Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Boozy Chocolate

Tantalizingly Tangy

All about the puddings

Boozy Chocolate Plate

Tantalizingly Tangy Plate

Eat Me Drink Me plate

Out of 5 of us dining, 4 went for the Boozy Chocolate and only 1 went for the Tantalizingly Tangy. First to arrive at the table was a square slate covered in fake grass with a small bottle saying ‘drink me’, a red velvet cake saying ‘eat me’ and a coated peanut. The drink was a refreshing non alcoholic Pina Colada which instantly transported me to a hammock in the Caribbean!

We were then served our plate of desserts. For the Boozy Chocolate we were served:

Milk chocolate & Bailey’s tart, rum and raisin flourless chocolate cake, caramel honey & whiskey parfait and a bitter chocolate and Kahlua mousse. The bespoke cocktail was Oxo Brut infused with cacao rum & apricot brandy. The Tantalizingly Tangy dish consisted of:

Lemon tart, blood orange jelly Jaffa cake, pink grapefruit sorbet with mint and a lime curd meringue. The bespoke cocktail was a pink grapefruit and white chocolate liqueur finished with Prosecco.

Following on from the dessert plate we were served a ‘Golden Afternoon cocktail’ which was Hendrick’s Gin served into a cup and saucer with some dry ice creating effect! We were also given a little box of homemade chocolates to take away with us as there is no way you would have any space left for more food!

Hendricks’ gin with dry ice effect

Box of treats to take away

All in all a very pleasant dining experience for £45 p/head and I would certainly recommend it for those who are looking for an alternative to finger sandwiches & scones.

(reviewed by Hayley Banks)

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