I’ve been to One Square before for afternoon tea, but with its changing theme every few months you can visit time and again and have a different experience. One Square have partnered with Cacao Barry this time to create a chocolate inspired afternoon tea, and there’s only one chocoholic I could consider taking and that was my daughter, Erin (12).
Erin had donned her best blazer for her treat, and I’m glad she did, as it was definitely a little fancier this time. The Russian Samovar was wheeled over and added grandeur and a real sense of occasion to proceedings. Erin selected a Peppermint tea, while I couldn’t resist the Elderflower & Blossom Darjeeling. We were given a short explanation of the chocolate making process, including the chance to try the cocoa nibs (delicious, and something I could happily nibble on) and cocoa butter (looks like white chocolate but tastes just like fat).
An amuse bouche of pressed duck on brioche with a tangy plum chutney whetted our appetite for the savoury selection.
The savoury selection definitely had a hearty feel which fitted the season. We started with a large crispy Yorkshire Pudding with Rare Roast Beef, Horseradish Foam & Confit Onions. Erin was excited to try a foam from the espuma gun as we have watched this many times on Masterchef and Great British Menu – despite being a little nervous to start she quickly settled in and began to enjoy the experience of trying adult flavours and our waiter was great with her, taking care to make her feel comfortable without being patronising which I really appreciated – it’s a difficult thing to get right, and he got it spot on.
We moved on to the Thyme & Cru De Cocoa Nib Brioche Chicken Liver Parfait Sandwich. A crispy finger sandwich which was a nod to a more traditional cucumber sandwich. However this had a much more Autumn feel which felt right and provided a meaty base for the sugary treats to follow.
The Stilton & Pineapple Tarts were unique and tasty, and no afternoon tea would be complete without smoked salmon, in this case a Hot Smoked Salmon Crostini.
The main event at any afternoon tea is of course the sweets and scones.
The trio of scones came in Blackcurrant, Choc Chip & Plain flavours and were served with Apricot Infused with Vanilla Jam.
The cakes and patisseries read like a full series of the Great British Bake Off!
Cocoa Dark 70% Sachertorte
Extra Brut Chocolate Doughnut With Sour Cherry Filling
Strawberry Yoghurt & White Chocolate Lollipop
Chilled Chocolate Soup With Clotted Cream Foam & Crackle Crystals
Individual Praline, Alunga 41% Milk Chocolate & Banana Delice
Choux Bun with 60 % Chocolate Crisp Topping and White Chocolate & Blueberry Filling
Rhubarb & Vanilla Macaron
Passionfruit & White Chocolate Cheesecake
Ooft! We tried our best to finish it all but had to tap out and take a few goodies home with us. Our favourites were the doughnut and the chocolate soup which was in fact a very thick and indulgent ganache which really highlighted the quality of the Cacao Barry chocolate.
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a real sense of occasion, I’d definitely recommend One Square. Find out more here.