It’s about time we got back to the cake reviews before the summer diets start again (ugh), and I’m so delighted to have been able to review one that was not only delicious, not only set somewhere super cool, but had an awesome theme – Disney’s Into The Woods.

Into the woods salted caramel profiterole

I dunno how Anna Kendrick and James Corden personally feel about their own careers, but if I’d inspired an afternoon tea, I’d feel pretty fucking accomplished right now.

The location

Into the woods afternoon tea first tier

The Into The Woods afternoon cream tea can be found at Sketch London. This quirky little bar restaurant can be found at 9 Conduit Street, wedged firmly between bustling Oxford Street and the demure handful of tailor shops on Savile Row. The nearest tube is Oxford Circus.

Head through their entrance and to the back of the corridor, turn left and peep behind the big pink curtain to your left. The breathtaking room behind it – decked out in forest greens and deep blues with gorgeous flecks of gold furnishings – is where you’ll take your tea. 

The staff

Everyone at Sketch is super charming. The young man who talked us through our three tier cake stand filled to the brim with cakes and sandwiches, plus the bowls of fruit meringue and homemade marshmallows, and made sure we were topped with bolly was particularly lovely. If my teasing him about holding the champagne bottle* precariously bugged him at all, he certainly didn’t show it. 

*Sorry dude. I’m not cut out for mixing with the greats in posh bars.

The food

Into the woods scones

Sketch have laid on the dreamiest Into The Woods inspired sandwiches, cakes, tarts and sweets. The full list includes:

  • Assorted finger sand-witches (ha!)
    • Smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream
    • Cucumber and ricotta 
    • Egg mayonnaise
    • Quail egg and caviar
  • Prince Charming pesto panini with mozzarella (our favourite of all the savouries!)
  • Jack’s beanstalk tart
  • Earl Grey macaroon
  • Little Red Riding Hood choux – this was filled with cream and salted caramel. So, so delicious
  • Rhubarb and raspberry cheesecake
  • Pineapple, coriander and coconut sponge cake
  • Chocolate mint cake
  • Cassis meringue
  • Malabar marshmallows – light as air and totally gorgeous.

But that’s not all. We have to give a special mention to the scones. Oh. Em. Gee. There aren’t words to tell you just how amazing Sketch’s freshly baked, light, fluffy scones (with or without raisins) slathered with moorish fig jam and piled with thick clotted cream really were. They’re served with raspberry jam too but trust me – go straight for the fig. Worth it. Go and try them. Just go.

Into the woods cheesecake

The drink

We were kept well topped up with glorious bubbles in saucer glasses for the entirety of afternoon tea (as did Vanessa Feltz, who was sat behind us), but of course a piping hot beverage is always readily available. A Sketch brew comes in a choice of about 20 flavours including rosebud, silver needle and blackcurrant and hibiscus.

Into the woods apple tart

The upshot

I’m not sure we’ll ever sample a better afternoon tea than this (though I welcome any contenders). Sketch London’s Into The Woods afternoon tea marks the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Disney musical, released on Monday 18th May 2015. ‘Tea In The Woods’ is only available for three weeks from Monday 18th May until Sunday 7th June. Make sure you book up quick!

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