Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge
Back with another installment in my afternoon tea adventures, this time i'm sharing the ultimate in super kawaii kitty cat teas and that's the Hello Kitty afternoon tea at Cutter and Squidge.
Cutter & Squidge is an awesome bakery in Soho, London. Complete with a basement that transforms into a magical and whimsical settings for a variety of themes. (At the moment they have an Aladdin tea which I REALLY am hoping to get to!). Creators of the biskie - a cross between a biscuit and a cake sandwiched together with beautiful buttercreams in different delicious flavours. All their cakes are made fresh with British produce.
I met up with Danielle, a friend I made whilst at University and whilst living opposite ends of the District line it had been way, way too long since we'd hung out so both being lovers of tea, cake and the kawaii culture we made a date, donned our favourite 50's vintage attire and with cameras and phones at the ready made our way to Cutter & Squidge!
Whilst we waited for our allocated time slot we were given a bottle of pink lemonade with the cutest Hello Kitty straw and a chance to have a little glance of the menu. We were then led down the stairs, past a tree made out of Hello Kitty plushies, a toparie of the lady herself and to our table for two nestled to the back of this magical wonderland!
After having a little read through of our menus in more detail you're asked if you would like more pink lemonade and what tea you wanted, I went for the recommended Mamas Apple Pie tea... Which I must admit I wasn't overly sold on and went for a normal breakfast tea after, but hey - you gotta try something new right! And anyway, we all know if you go for afternoon tea, you don't go for the tea!
Wowza I don't even know how to begin to describe the food! You can see from the photos just how bloomin' cute it all was and it was definitely a bit weird eating HK's face! The tea came served in a tower of bamboo steamer baskets, which was awesome and a change to the usual cake stand (plus with the sheer amount of food was a much more practical way of serving as it would never have fit on a cake stand!)
The bottom tier contained a variety of sandwhiches, cucumber and cream cheese, salmon & chive etc. There was also savoury cheese scones and a coronation cracker which was SO tasty! This was then followed by strawberries, cake truffles, Mimmy's pink lemonade marshmallow and Mimmy's very jelly kiss. Once we'd washed this down with some more pink lemonade we then moved onto the next tier - my favourite! Strawberry shortcakes, chocolate chip mini loaf cake, chocolate and matcha dipping sauces and the famous biskie! These were strawberry milkshake flavoured and SO so good, honestly just want to eat them weekly now! The final tier, which ashamedly I couldn't completely manage was Mamas Apple pie mousse with pastry bows and Kittys Mud Pie (I took that home and enjoyed it with a cup of tea in the evening - perfect!) One thing I haven't mentioned and probably why I didn't manage the mud pie was that you were offered more of everything as you went along - which meant we'd already had extra savoury biscuits and scones before we'd started on the sweet stuff but were also given extra biscuits and truffles to take home which was awesome! The price for the tea was £40 each, which for some may be a little on the expensive side, BUT for the amount of food and drink you got, added to the quality of food, cutest setting and the super lovely and helpful staff it was definitely worth the money! As I said I really want to try and get back for the Aladdin tea!
Have you been to any interesting or themed afternoon teas? If so I'd love to know because I'm always on the look out for more!