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.
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