Wimbledon season is upon us and The Grand Slam Afternoon Tea at Gallery Mess has proven that Wimbledon isn’t just about the action on the court. The next few weeks is all about serves, volleys and forehands. However, the only thing we’re serving is strawberries and cream with a side of pimm’s and extra champagne (yes, were all guilty). Well luckily for us foodies it just got better. Gallery Mess have introduced a limited edition British tennis-inspired Afternoon Tea which is available from the 23rd june-6th July. It’s time for us to do the eating, drinking, cheering and leave the competitive game to the experts. Loctated at the Saatchi Gallery, it will come as no surprise that the restaurant boasts a beautiful arched brick interior decorated with pretty blossoms. You can enjoy your afternoon tea indoors or on the al fresco terrace. Gallery Mess is the next best thing to a courtyard seat this summer
Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, Duke Of York SQ
Mixed age group
British, Afternoon Tea.
What I had
We started with a selection of fingers sandwiches – free-range egg and watercress; ham and coarse grain mustard; and prawn marie rose. The sandwiches were then followed by the pimm’s jelly which was extremely refreshing and delicious, before over indulging in the sweets. Spoilt for choice, there was a selection of wimbledon inspired sweets and pastries. First up or should I say down, were the warm buttermilk scones served with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. Followed by a dark-chocolate coated strawberry and a fresh strawberry cream eclair. We then made room for the tennis ball-shaped chocolate macaroon and the court inspired battenberg. Everything was divine and I couldn’t recommend this well thought-out, playful yet still appetising afternoon-tea more.
The service and presentation of the food were both equally impressive. But, the pimm’s jelly wins, such a great idea!
The Afternoon tea is great value for money at only £29.50 for two to share and £49.50 with a Hendrick’s Tea Party cocktail – a refreshing blend of gin, infused wildberry tea and orange juice or a jug of fruity Pimm’s.
What I Wore
Dress: T by Alexander Wang
Knee-High Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Fringe Leather Jacket: Karen Millen
Hat: Maison Michel
For more info see www.saatchigallery.com/gallerymess/