A Dreamy Afternoon at Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

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A Dreamy Afternoon at Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Afternoon Tea has become a must-do activity for British foodies. It's therefore no surprise that Diploma student Lauren, English Literature graduate and baking aficionado, couldn't resist trying out this enchanting Midsummer Night's Dream twist on the tradition.

Mini sandwiches, beautifully crafted scones and exquisite cakes, is there anything not to love about going for Afternoon Tea? Indulgent and delicious, whether it be to celebrate or just to enjoy casually, this extra meal in the day is one that I love. 

Although the menu can be quite limiting, it has led to an increase in alternative offerings with Cutter & Squidge creating a Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea, and Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour introducing their G & Tea. What was once seen as a rather uptight affair has been transformed into a quirky one, with chefs pushing the boundaries and enchanting us with new choices.

“We spent the afternoon doing what we do best; eating and laughing.”

I recently visited Swan, Shakepeare’s Globe, which hosts a Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea, as a birthday treat for my best friend. Although it doesn’t necessarily come with the territory of being English Literature graduates, we are a little bit obsessed with Shakespeare. So, when I found out that this was on offer, I knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate. 

Situated on the banks of the Thames, it boasts a fabulous location. Seated on the first floor, we were able to enjoy the beautiful setting. The Afternoon Tea is inspired by the journeys of the characters, presented on beautiful bespoke crockery designed by Annika Wester. 

With an extensive selection of loose leaf tea, from Sapphire Earl Grey to Egyptian Mint, there is something for everyone. I was particularly excited to try the Oak smoked salmon with lemon pepper butter on dark rye, as well as the Elderflower and violet macaroons, neither of which disappointed. We continued to gorge ourselves on Wild mushroom and leek quiche (served warm, a pleasant, mouth-watering surprise) and Glazed white chocolate blondies, as well as two scones each, one infused with mulberry (from the lovers tree of course). 

The whole menu was an absolute delight, and we spent the afternoon doing what we do best; eating and laughing. 

An option to accompany these treats with an Oberon’s Love Potion cocktail - a mix of Earl Grey infused vodka, honey from the London Honey Co., blackberry puree and prosecco, topped with fresh blackberries - means that you can choose to be as extravagant as you want. No trick has been missed, with all of the elements complimenting each other impeccably. 

As may have become apparent in my posts, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. However, for those who prefer savoury, Swan also offers a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea made up of scotch eggs, a Croque Monsieur and other moreish delights. The couple next to us sampled both and, I have to admit, I was a little jealous of the feast they had on their table. 

Delicious food and faultless service (after mentioning how amazing the smoked salmon was to the waiter, he proceeded to bring more over to the table), Swan, Shakepeare's Globe is a place to be embraced with open arms.

By Lauren Cartridge 

Visit letshavedessertfirst.wordpress.com | Twitter: @lcartridge | Instagram: @letshavedessertfirst

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Lauren Cartridge

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