A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea
Please send congratulatory messages my way, I’ve finally made it to my first Afternoon Tea, the epitome of Britishness! Can you believe it, it took me nearly 5 years to go. Still, as the saying goes, late is better than never, so a few weeks ago Emma and I went to Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, to try A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea. Yes, you heard right, if afternoon tea alone wasn’t enough, we are adding to the Britishness of our afternoon by having a Shakespeare themed afternoon tea! To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April, the Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, launched A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea.
TheSwan, Shakespeare’s Globe, is in the same complex from the Globe Theatre and only steps away from the theatre entrance, beautifully facing the Thames riverside. The restaurant has two levels, with a pub downstairs and more elegant setting with afternoon tea as well as dining upstairs. The second level was beautifully furbished, mixing Scandinavian luxury with midcentury accents. The perfect setting for my first afternoon tea experience.
We got a three tiered display of sandwiches, scones and desserts, featuring ingredients you can trace back to the characters in the play. Of course, I liked the savoury options the best, especially the Wild mushroom, whipped truffle cheese tart was the highlight of the whole experience. Incredibly flavourful and creamy, you could clearly taste the nuttiness of the mushrooms and the hint of muskiness from the truffle – a killer combination! I really enjoyed the Duck egg mayonnaise, asparagus for its lightness, a great way to balance out the sweetness of the desserts (also the asparagus was chopped into little pieces, so awkward chewing avoided!).
While desserts generally can never take over savoury food in my favourites list, I really enjoyed the Strawberry delice, elderflower meringue. Beautiful in its texture (sponge bottom and mousse-like top), it was not as sweet as the other cakes, but light, refreshing and fruity. I was also pleasantly surprised by the distinct lemon and subtle rose flavour of the Lemon & rose cake. Unfortunately, the other desserts were a little too sweet for my personal taste, but Emma liked them.
While it doesn’t have the most inventive menu, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea was a great introduction to British afternoon teas without breaking the bank. For £26.50 you get a great selection of savoury and sweet options, while the £33 version adds a delicious and fruity cocktail to the menu. I loved its playful theme and the beautiful view at theSwan, Shakespeare’s Globe is hard to beat.