I have officially been 21 for almost a month now. That’s right, I am older, wiser and legal in the US! For what? Who knows… And for my 21st I had quite a sophisticated occasion. I am actually being serious. My Nan, Mum and I went for afternoon Tea at The Malmaison Cheltenham. Now afternoon tea has always been something that I have wanted to do, it was a bucket list moment for me, a real afternoon tea. You are probably thinking couldn’t you have done this easily before but being a vegetarian who doesn’t eat cheese makes this ridiculously difficult! If you are new here today and you’re questioning why I don’t eat cheese it is because it is literally the most disgusting thing on earth. Sorry, not sorry. After a lot of searching, emailing and struggle I got a rather friendly reply from The Malmaison who were happy to help any dietary requirement! A standard afternoon tea, vegetarian one, and a veggie with no cheese all served with cocktails at £27pp.
So we were all dressed appropriately, my Nan whacked out her little neck scarf for the occasion and my Mum made me wear a pink 21st sash so I am getting a lot of ‘Happy Birthdays’ from random business men… The two girls who are serving have kindly greeted us, and shown us to our seats in the conservatory where you pick a cocktail, I had a black forest martini, and she just ran through the veggie no cheese options that they have come up with and that I could have. Originally they thought I could have a veggie burger but it turns out they contain.. yep.. cheese! So I doubled up on a wrap. Tea for me; Plain Scones, Beetroot and water cress wrap, Avocado and roast pepper salad wraps, Valrhona chocolate mousse with chocolate popping candy, Salted chocolate brownie (GF), Carrot cake (GF), Mini chocolate eclair, Seasonal berry milkshake and a choice of speciality teas (but I actually had an apple juice! Although they did offer a hot chocolate).
As soon as they found out it was my birthday, you know from the not so obvious pink sash… they came out with a little Happy Birthday plate with a brownie which was actually cute AF. The cocktail which was recommended was to die for and I am pretty sure my Nan and Mum could have drunk like 30 of them! But luckily for me they stuck to the one, well Mum finished mine, despite being sooo full. The food, although tiny (obviously) was so filling! The wraps; only thing I could possibly fault was the chewiness of the beetroot wrap, maybe thinner slicing on the beetroot. The Avocado one was actually amazing, what was in that mayo was pure heaven. The chocolate mousse was light and rich. The mini eclair was delish. I don’t eat carrot cake so that was put in a little box and taken home for Grandad. I’m not too sure if I liked the shake it wasn’t that thick and very seedy.. even for a berry shake there were so many seeds (never thought I’d be using the word seedy like this but hey ho)! I couldn’t taste any salt in the chocolate brownie and no I haven’t missed the word caramel it was actually a salted chocolate brownie.. If you’re going to add it at least have a little flavour coming through. Like go for it. The scones I tried a little of and now I wish I brought mine home because damn it was good. For my first real afternoon tea experience I can say that I honestly really enjoyed it! It was great to finally be catered for and the staff were lovely (I wish I grabbed their names!). The Malmaison where have you been all my life?
So a very quick summary and rate (out of 5):
- Allergen menu 5, They went above and beyond for me. And where I have put GF that was for all the Gluten Free which they can do more of on request!
- My Meal 4.5
- Overall service 5 genuinely so happy and lovely
- Worth the money you’re paying? Yes, It is expensive but when it includes a cocktail is it even that bad? This is obviously a special occasion thing and not an everyday meal but I have paid more for 3 courses before so I can’t fault the price at all.