During October One Square’s Afternoon Tea has gone pink in aid of Breast Cancer, that means £5 from each afternoon tea sold is donated to charity. What better excuse is there to have afternoon tea? I visited this week for a special evening of talks and to sample the afternoon tea which has been designed by the Chocolate Tree.
If you’re looking to treat someone for a special occasion then this is ideal, just look at the view over to Edinburgh Castle from our table!
The menu looked amazing and I was really excited, this is no average afternoon tea. In fact, there’s not a sandwich in sight.
The tables were beautifully set with plenty of pink! But before sitting down to eat we had the pleasure of hearing from two breast cancer survivors. Diane had survived cancer recently and had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy. On the whole it was an uplifting story. Elaine discovered a cancerous lump on her breast almost 30 years ago (she was just 35) when treatment was more brutal, her tears as she described her mastectomy left everyone in the room moved, and gave us all plenty to think about. Research has meant that treatment has advanced significantly and is now far more tailored to the type of cancer. This personalised approach has meant that mastectomies are no longer the norm, and that’s something we should all be grateful for.
The afternoon tea stand arrived with three full tiers and scones still to come. So that’s one complete tier of extra patisserie than you would usually get. Chances are you’ll be taking some home!
We started with the savoury tier. My favourites were the Roasted Sirloin of Beef on Thyme Scented Sourdough and the Clava Brie and Leek Quiche It’s unusual to have no sandwiches on an afternoon tea but I really enjoyed the savoury selection. I did wonder if a tier of sandwiches instead of the extra cakes would make a nice alternative, I always end up craving more savoury, but perhaps that’s just me.
The scones were delicious and really went the extra mile with three different varieties: Plain, Cherry, and Toffee and Cocoa Nib. These were served with rosemary infused apricot jam (yes you could taste it, and it worked really well) and the traditional clotted cream. The scones were small enough so that you could enjoy all three in one sitting. Variety and creativity was definitely in evidence here and this is reflected in the price of this afternoon tea.
The patisseries included everything from macarons to truffles and profiteroles. The Daffy’s Gin Ice cream Lollipop ensured this afternoon was bang up to date. This was a masterclass in patisserie and flavour combinations, it was exciting trying everything and we sat for nearly three hours savouring it all before taking some home.
This is a special afternoon tea and one definitely worth visiting for!