Tuesday 7 June 2022

Fab Mary Poppins theme afternoon tea at Mad dogs and Englishman - Leigh on Sea Essex

 On Saturday my friend Michelle took me to a wonderful afternoon tea at a quirky tea room in Leigh on Sea Essex. She has been there before for the Harry Potter theme and Beauty and the Beast and kept telling me how good it was. This time the theme was Mary Poppins so I was looking forward to it very much. I think it is priced at £38 each on weekends. 

As we walked through the door it took my breath away as it looked so magical inside and there was so much too see. Even the waitresses were dressed up like Mary Poppins !!!!!

There were open umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, merry go round horses on the walls, lots of fairy lights and flower garlands plus hats scattered around the rooms. Also as you walked in there was a old bicycle with wicker basket plus a roof top design against the wall. They seemed to of thought of everything relating to Mary Poppins ....I was so impressed and it all looked so pretty. 

The only thing I will mention is that it seemed a bit dark inside and having poor eyesight I struggled to read the menus. 

Mary Poppins menu

There was a separate menu for the drinks and for extra money you could have a cocktail from the wide choice available. 

Our table was decorated  with white and gold china plus a glass bottle containing cold milk for the tea and coffees. It was so busy and you need to book well in advance as it is very popular

I decided to try the Cherry Lane tea for a change and it arrived in a very large silver teapot. I think it needed longer to brew as not much flavor to it. 

Fist we got a tea stand with a plate of sandwiches each and on the top plate a hot piece of breaded fish and some chips in a newspaper style small cone. These were hot still and we also got a small jar of ketchup and jar of tartar sauce. 

We got 8 sandwiches each two of each type which included  brioche egg mayonnaise rolls, chicken coronation, ham and pickle and cucumber and mint. They tasted delicious and were very fresh. 

I liked the chicken ones best of all 

Next to arrive on our table was a black bowler hat with a stripped  paper bag inside containing two large warm fruit scones. On our table we also had two mini jars of jam plus a dish of clotted cream. 

Before we could eat these another stand was placed on out table that contained the cakes.....

Wow it looked amazing and I loved the little wooden musical merry go round 

The scones tasted very nice and generous in size 

By now I had almost finished my pot of tea so ordered a coffee. Cafeteria coffee is included but  if you want cappuccino or latte this will cost extra. 

The waitress brought me a large silver coffee pot which was nice and hot.   

Next we started on the cakes and sweet treats......



The glass contained Eton Mess topped with candyfloss and there was even a chocolate spoon with a spoonfull of sugar on which was actually popping candy. We both liked everything and by the end all the plates were empty and we felt full and very content. 

It was such a quirky well thought out themed tea and I will defiantly be going back for the next theme 

Nearest Station :    Not sure as my friend drove us there. 
Best bits : The theme and decorations plus the  food and service ...it was all good  
Worst bits :  I do not think there was any to mention 
Value for money : Yes defiantly for such a quirky place with good food   
would I go back? :  Yes already looking forward to the next theme 


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