Sunday, 19 July 2015

Review: Afternoon Tea at Madeleine, The Cube

Afternoon Tea is one of my absolute favourite ways to spend time. I've had a fair few now and I have a few requirements- good quality cakes, something a bit different in the savoury selection and a good variety of teas. I knew the cakes at Madeleine were good so I had high expectations for their Afternoon Tea. When a deal popped up on Groupon offering Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne I bought it immediately!

Madeleine is a patisserie in the Cube. They have a chef on-site who creates the most beautiful melt-in-your-mouth sponges, fruit tarts, pastries, salads and more.

We started off by choosing our teas which were served in beautiful crockery. I chose Earl Grey which was lovely and fragrant.

Now onto the food! A huge stand appeared in front of us and we tucked in.

The sandwiches were salmon, egg and bacon and butternut squash (I think). They were all tasty and delicate but I'm not a huge sandwich fan so they weren't my favourite part.

As I mentioned earlier, I like to see something a little different in the savoury section so I was glad to find these little canapés waiting for me.

Smoked salmon and a cherry tomato stuffed with herby cream cheese.

Serrano ham crostini. I loved both of these little savoury treats though we felt the crostini had been sitting out a while too long.

My prosecco arrived with a blackberry in it, which was a nice change to the usual strawberry.

A huge scone with a generous helping of clotted cream and jam.

It's always jam first for me!

Now onto my favourite layer- the sweet treats.

Coconut cake- This was absolutely beautiful. I've never tasted anything like it. Coconut milk oozed out of the soft, light sponge. I have no idea how the chef manages to keep the sponge together and yet be so moist.

Chocolate cheesecake- again, like nothing I've tasted. The topping was light and creamy and the chocolate topping was rich.

A mini fruit tart. Crisp pastry held crème anglais and tasty tangy fruits. A little work of art.

Finally, we finished with the macarons. They were just as macarons should be, with a gooey, chewy texture and a hard shell.

I highly recommend visiting Madeleine, even if just for a cake. The afternoon tea is definitely one of the best in Birmingham. At the moment they are offering Afternoon Tea for two for £19 which is a real bargain.

Madeleine is in The Cube, Bimingham City Centre.

I paid for my afternoon tea and Madeleine did not know I was reviewing


Kezzie said...

It sounds very tasty! I'm a 'jam first' too!! The canapes are a great idea too!!!x

Lucy said...

Afternoon tea is always a treat, one of my favourite pasttimes. This looks lovely I especially like the blackberry in the prosseco and the tomatoe additions Lucy x

jennie said...

Those cakes look so good, although sandwiches are my favourite thing ever and they look yummy too! xx