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My mum recently celebrated a milestone birthday (I won't reveal which one 'cos she'll be mad), but my sister and I wanted to something a bit different to celebrate. As part of her prezzie, we decided to take a trip to The Sanderson for afternoon tea. 

I'd been lucky enough to sample the unique 'Alice in Wonderland' themed tea a couple of years ago but, even so, it was such a lovely way to celebrate and I was excited for the details to be revealed to my mum and sister.

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As the name would suggest, every element of the tea is themed with Alice in Wonderland. From the menus which are found in the middle of old books, the crockery which is printed with elements of the story and the jewellery boxes that house the sugar cubes,  the intricate details really bring the theme to life. However, the most impressive element is the delicate and unusual sweet treats!

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Along with a selection of sandwiches (some served on green bread!), sweet and savoury scones and mini quiches,  the cakes, sweets and jellies really bring the tea to life. As you can see, there were carrot meringues, Victoria sponge clocks, edible chocolate tea cups and, my favourite, 'drink me' potion bottles. Unsurprisingly, it all tasted amazing, as did the unusual teas which we accompanied it with, including mint choc chip and strawberries and cream!

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The tea area is set in a beautiful courtyard, which looked particularly gorgeous when the sun decided to make an appearance, and made for a thoroughly lovely afternoon. Our two-hour timeslot flew by and we're already planning our next afternoon tea location! Any suggestions are very welcome below...

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