My youngest sister turned 22 this month! A whole twenty two! Can you believe? I can remember when we used to share a bunk bed and I used to have the top bunk. I would pretend I was Samara from the movie ring & I would scare the living daylights out of her. This slowly upgraded to the girl from The Grudge!
It is safe to say she is now immune from getting scared when watching a horror movie. She has me to thank for that!
For her 22nd birthday we wanted to make her feel like a grown up so we took her out to a grown up hotel where we booked a table for Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea was first introduced in England by Anna Maria Russell, the seventh duchess of Bedford in the year 1840. Anna was unable to wait the long waiting period between breakfast and dinner which were the two meals people would eat back then. She would complain about the ‘sinking feeling in her stomach’ in the afternoon. The duchesses solution to this was a hot pot of tea and some light snack to be eaten privately in her boudoir! Look at her!
Afternoon Tea has since been a long-running British tradition. Today the custom remains an extremely popular pursuit, enacted in tea rooms, hotels and households across the entire country. These days however I suppose we use Afternoon Tea’s as an excuse to re-create a sense of the old fashioned finery using good old English etiquette.
You can find Malmaison in the centre of Birmingham City in the Mailbox.
It has its own car park for those who drive – it isn’t the cheapest car parking facility lets just put it that way!
Upon entering the hotel you will find a Starbucks and the reception. Stairs leading you to the first floor of the building will take you to the restaurant/bar area. This is where they serve the Afternoon Tea.
We pre-booked so we were seated almost straight away. If we hadn’t had done this we would most definitely had waited in that queue for at least an hour. You could tell it was a popular location for Afternoon Tea as every table was decorated beautifully with the most eloquent set up of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.
It seemed everyone wanted Afternoon Tea that evening!
Malmaison offer a traditional Afternoon Tea for £19.95 which includes:
Fruit or plain scones,
smoked salmon & cream bagel,
beetroot & goat cheese wrap,
mini Mal burger,
Salted chocolate brownie
Mini chocolate eclair
Seasonal berry milkshake
& a selection of specialty teas!
Although the tea selection was quite extensive I went for a Hot Chocolate since I didn’t fancy any of the teas. The waiter was happy to accommodate me.
IF YOU DONT ASK YOU DONT GET!
Malmaison have taken the most British tradition and put their own stamp on it. The restaurant was decorated with funky neon colours and pop art.
I felt like I had stepped right into Tumblr!
We sat in a cute booth and ordered our delights.
My cream bagel could have used a lot more cream and a lot less cucumber but it was delicious nonetheless.
My favourite part of the entire spread was the seasonal berry drink. They came in small bottles with vintage straws! I was a little sad the bottle was so small as I had to sporadically drink my smoothie throughout the course of my meal which wasn’t fun. My sisters found it quite amusing.
The restaurant was bustling with people you could hear the vibrating sounds of conversations hanging over groups of friends and family around the entire room. The service was warm and inviting & I would go back a 100 times over. I have a 100 other Afternoon Tea gems to uncover otherwise I would be back every weekend!
I would recommend Malmaison to anyone who is looking for a glamorous Afternoon Tea day out with friends or sisters. We definitely felt a million bucks while we sat in our leather booths and sipped our Jasmine Teas & Hot Chocolates!
What are some of your favourite Afternoon Tea places?