© CharterHouse Square

Earlier this month I was invited by East London Girl & Flavour Venue to the Afternoon Tea Chez Mal at Malmaison Hotel in Charterhouse Square. Nestled between Smithfield Market and the Barbican, this little hotel is as central as you can get to this ever-evolving area.

© Tea chez Mal

The hotel used to be the nurses home for the local St Bart’s hospital, now this boutique hotel, with its contemporary art makes it a hip location for not only an overnighter in the city, but a go-to destination bar and restaurant. It sits on the beautiful Chaterhouse Square which on a lovely Sunday afternoon, seemed like quite the quiet hang out spot.

Afternoon Tea Chez Mal

We started off with a lovely glass of champagne, ahead of what was looking to be a sumptuous tea. The Mal Afternoon Tea is £19.95 and really good value.

© Afternoon Tea chez Mal

What did we eat:

Where do I start, when you have everything in front of you looking so inviting; Sandwiches were fresh, soft and tasty. I am always partial to a scone or two. Perfect, warm, crumbled at the right moment – melt in the mouth delicious. Don’t start me on the chocolate… I guzzled the salted caramel chocolate brownie and took the chocolate cupcake home for Mr B, both hit a 10/10.

© Afternoon Tea chez Mal

What did I drink:

Something I didn’t expect to like, but loved was the milkshake in the bottle. A lovely little touch, and it was super delicious. A flavor raver in my book, nicely washed down with my Earl Grey, but they 10 different teas to choose from.

© Afternoon Tea chez Mal

If you wanted to go with the cocktail Afternoon Tea at £27pp you get all the food above, along with a cocktail. A brilliant Afternoon Tea for a party of you, and great value.

Your choice of cocktails if you need tempting are the Orange Brûleé, Black Forest Martini, the Hendricks’s G&T or the Classic Espresso Martini.

© Afternoon Tea chez Mal

Verdict:

I genuinely loved this place. The décor, the bar/restaurant downstairs were super cool, and would I go back – absolutely. It’s a great place to go if you are going to the Barbican for a concert, or supper after a day out in this part of town. I will certainly be booking myself in, when I’ve made a trip to see the newly restored Charterhouse, which is on the to do list. Finishing on a heads up, they apparently do a mean Sunday Brunch. See you there sooner than I think?

 

© Afternoon Tea chez Mal

MalMaison in Chaterhouse Square