Tea at Sketch

Does being served caviar by a man in white gloves whilst you sit on a cushioned pink suede chair sound good to you? Great, then read on…

Sketch is famous for its eccentric interiors, picturesque portions and, well, their bathrooms. But put the loud aesthetics aside and you’ll find a delectable, well thought out menu, offered up by knowledgeable and attentive staff.

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This week I attended Sketch’s famous champagne afternoon tea. Seated in the plush surroundings of The Gallery, we took the first few minutes to chuckle at the weird and wonderful painting that engulfed the walls around us. The sort of art that would look out of place in any venue but Sketch.
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Our first course was of the liquid kind. A bubbly glass of creamy Pommery Brut Silver to launch our tastebuds into stimulated action. *Clink*. 

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Next arrived a sight I feel I’d been waiting for all my life – a handsome man holding a gold platter of caviar. Pinch me! With this we were served a qual egg and dipping croutons. An absolutely new and exciting combination to me, and one which I’d gladly repeat time and time again.

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Time for the main event. Three tiers of sandwiches, baked treats and soft scoops landed in front of us. We wondered if we’d died and gone to bite-size heaven, and when the words ‘these are refillable’ came out of our waitress’s mouth we knew it was true.

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Coronation chicken, smoked salmon, and goose egg mayonnaise sandwiches, followed by a pistachio petit choux and warm scones were just a few of the freshly made items on the menu, each item perfectly complimented the next. Although no re-fill was on the cards for our stomach capacities on this occasion, we would have most definitely loved to have re-lived each mouthful if we could have.

We cheers’d, nibbled, chuckled, and then in classic fashion moaned about just quite how much we had consumed, before heading off into Soho for one last tipple to round off our day.

Thanks Sketch, you’ve done it again!

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