A few weeks ago I visited Harvey Nichols in Mailbox to sample the limited edition Edinburgh Gin afternoon tea, created and crafted in house by head chef Stewart Mackie.
Offered throughout June and July, this high end afternoon tea has been designed to showcase the liqueurs available from Edinburgh Gin as well as give guests a delicious three tier experience to share with friends or family. Available in the bar area of the swish shopping destination, £30 will get you a tower of sweet and savoury snacks to share as well as a cocktail from the bespoke menu. These cocktails are not available anywhere else in the city, and with 8 to choose from there’s plenty of choice.
The ratio of sweet to savoury is (for once with these things) ideal with a host of bitesize meat, veggie and fish treats, with most taking some form of inspiration from the various gins available under the EG brand. The mini paper cone of ‘gin and tonic’ battered cod with rosemary straw potato chips was a highlight, although the stars of the savoury show for me were the plum gin infused duck bon bons, and the artichoke and courgette wrap. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives are available if required.
Onto the sweet treats, and as well as the usual plain scone a raspberry and white chocolate version was also waiting. There’s plenty of clotted cream and berry flavoured jams to keep everyone happy, but if that’s not your bag you can also enjoy mini rhubarb and ginger tarts and dainty strawberry and elderflower eclairs. I wasn’t bowled over by the bland and watery pots of pomegranate panna cotta, but overall there’s a good mix of flavours and textures to keep most people happy. Also – cucumber candy floss. Sounds wrong, tastes right when accompanied with the Sov Fizz gin cocktail. Trust me.
Being that the cocktails separately cost £8-£10 to buy from the bar, this represents pretty good value and variety. It’s much more interesting and innovative than other local afternoon teas that cost the same if not more (it’s £22 without a cocktail) but are quite boring. This is available at Harvey Nichols 1pm-4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm-5pm on Sundays throughout June and July. Pre booking is advised.
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Harvey Nichols, The Mailbox, Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RE
Disclosure: I was invited to the preview tasting session and all food and drinks included in this post were complementary. I was not obligated to write a review, nor post positive comments. All photos, words and opinions are my own.