As you’ve probably deduced by now, I don’t allow guest posts on my blog. However, when Diva took Mom to a luxurious afternoon tea at Sketch in London, she asked if she could write for my blog, and I couldn’t resist saying yes.
Before you carry on, let’s just agree that I’m my parents’ favorite (elder) child…
Imagine the most extravagant treatment with classical music playing in the background, and pinkest place you could possibly think of and I guarantee you feel like royalty at Sketch.Given that I was in a different country than mum during Mother’s Day, I decided to treat her the first chance I got when she flew down to London – you know, to top off Jaini’s celebrations with her (because I’m her favourite – duh).
Before I go on, I booked this High Tea right after my mum bought her tickets to fly down to London. Yet, to my surprise, attempting to book two and a half weeks in advance, one of the only available and convenient times for us was at 12 noon on a Thursday, showing that the afternoon tea at Sketch is quite popular.
After a little casual stroll around Oxford Street and Regent Street in Central London on a lovely spring morning, we walked into Sketch, located on Conduit Street, just off Regent Street. (Please note Mum and would say I got her lost, but I blame a ‘glitch’ in the navigation system on Google Maps).
Walking into Sketch felt like walking into a fancy fairy-tale ball. (And of course, I was the princess). The atmosphere was drastically different from the busy Regent Street outside, with modern art pinned on the walls, classical music ringing pleasantly in your ears and all the pink. I’ll let my pictures explain.Upon being seated after our rather warm welcome, our server introduced herself, noted down our dietary requirements, and explained the menu to us. Sketch offers a range of welcome drinks, ranging from varieties in alcoholic champagnes to non-alcoholic champagnes. Besides the champagnes, the beverage menu includes a variety of artisanal teas.As we gazed around the restaurant, the food started pouring in. We started off with a lavish appetizers vegetarian, cauliflower-based caviar, bread and a cheese dip accompanied with our champagne.Next came the exquisitely presented three-tier stand with our Sandwiches, Petite Gateaux and desserts. I’m not lying when I say they were beautifully presented. (I have pictures to prove it!). Paired with that, arrived our teas. Mum and I, being caffeine lovers, opted to order 2 different teas. While I ordered the Black Current Hibiscus Tea, which was a perfect blend of berries and tea, Mum chose the Whole Peppermint Tea.Moments after deciding what we should start with, mum and I concluded that we can start from the bottom, and work our way to the top. The bottom tier included finger sandwiches. It consisted of an Oxfordshire Duck egg and Watercress and Mayonnaise sandwich, an Igor sandwich, along with the classic tomato and cucumber sandwich and finally, a plum jam and ricotta cheese sandwich. (Clearly, I only remember the names of the sandwiches that especially got the attention of my taste buds).
While each sandwich had their own flavour, I especially loved the Oxfordshire Duck egg and Watercress and Mayonnaise sandwich which was creamy yet fluffy and the Igorsandwich, which had baby gem lettuce, homemade mayonnaise, tomato chutney on Pumpernickel Bread was my absolute favourite. It was tart, yet light and very delectable. We then moved on to the second tier, the Petit Gateaux tier, where we had three different cakes. We start with the Yorkshire Rhubarb and Raspberry Cheesecake. It checked all the boxes of the conventional definition of a good cheesecake. It was fluffy, moist and incredibly tasty.
Next, we tried the Meringa Tarta. Clearly, all the desserts were well colour coordinated with the entire pink theme. This dessert had a unique combination of sweet and sour, the tartness from the filling of the Meringue, and the sweetness from the sugar-based coating.
While it did taste incredible, it was nothing compared to the Raspberry Macaron we tried next. Of course, we saved the best for last. The Macaron was nothing short of lip-smacking. Also with the combination of sweet and tart, this was my absolute fave!
After sipping our tea, and engaging in some more mother-daughter discussions, we decided to proceed to the top tier. Almost sugared out, we tried the Malabar Marshmallow first. While it was aesthetically pleasing, with a classic French bubble-gum flavour and childhood memory, we didn’t appreciate the Marshmallow too much as we found it too sugary. Finally, we finished the tea platter with the Strawberry Cheesecake. The richness of the cream cheese complemented the strawberry jam well.
Unaware of all the tea we sipped, Mum and I ran out of tea to chat over! We then decided to order one last pot of the classic Chai to accompany the Scones that arrived soon after. Super stuffed, we were served one scone each with Organic Fig Jam, Organic Strawberry Jam and the traditional Clotted Cream. The scones had a crisp outside, while the interior was fluffy, light and simply delectable. Being a berry lover, I stuck to the timeless Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream combination, while Mum tried both the jams. Of course, before we left, we had to visit the famous Sketch bathroom!It was the perfect way to wrap up our afternoon tea which was one of the best ways to spend time with Mum.
Jaini here – Just wanted to say a big thank you to Diva for her guest feature on my blog. Isn’t she a good writer? Thank you Diva for editing my pieces & the photos for me.