Mini Afternoon Tea has been launched at the Reform Social & Grill, Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, London. W1U 2BE
I often get asked about venues for afternoon tea in the area. I have a few favourites I recommend depending on whether you want kid-friendly or not, and we are lucky to have a range of options in the area. I have just heard about a tea launched at the Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone. The details are below:
"Afternoon Tea is not just for adults! Reform Social & Grill has created the Mini Afternoon Tea for younger members to start enjoying this very British tradition from an early age. The Reform Social & Grill Mini Afternoon Tea has been cleverly crafted to include an assortment of special children’s sweet and savoury favourites in their very own TeaTime lunchbox.
A treat for you and a treat for them. The Mini Tea includes fish finger & sweet ketchup, and smooth peanut butter and homemade jam sandwiches, BBQ chicken slider, warm chocolate milk with gingerbread man dipper, fruit and chocolate chip scone (no raisins!), chocolate and marshmallow lollipop, jelly and custard pot and a Reform jammy dodger with cream. All whilst adults can enjoy the Vintage Afternoon Tea or Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea with free-flowing Pimm’s, bubbles or wine. "
Local Mum Valentina Relton recently sat down with me to talk about her passion for fresh Italian food and her new business. Valentina learnt to cook from her Italian mother. She is a local mum who, after becoming a stay at home mum, was looking for a new path now her child is older. She sources the best quality ingredients locally in Marylebone, using the Ginger Pig, La Fromagerie etc to produce her delicious meals. If you use the search box at the top of the page, using "Valentina" you can find my previous post which has lots of information. Valentina has some great ideas and plans in the pipeline and I look forward to opportunities to try more of her delicious food.
I recently tried her homemade pesto - it is delicious! My husband, who is not a big pasta person, even asked me to boil up some more for another helping! I highly recommend it!
You must know by now that Micky Star is no longer a stay and play centre and has been converted to a nursery primarily for families who receive funding for 2-year olds, thus taking away a vital and much needed space from local families with young children and babies who do not qualify for such funding.
They will be running a single stay and play session every week from the Autumn, in addition to the usual baby clinic -
Obviously this is better than nothing but it is still rather poor. Micky's was one of the few child-friendly outdoor play spaces, which can no longer be accessed by the majority of children in the area. Most of us would have happily paid a few pounds to access the facilities and activities at Mickys if this was a funding issue. One 2-hour session per week really does not make up for the loss.