Review – Hush – Afternoon Tea – Mayfair, London
As all of you know, gin is my favourite tipple. I was delighted therefore, when an invitation arrived in my inbox, to attend an afternoon tea launch at Hush, Mayfair featuring…….gin!
I have to say, I do have a soft spot for Hush. This was my regular hangout when I used to work in Selfridges. A return trip was definetly on the cards.
Hush is situated down a little cobbled street in Mayfair. Outside is a gorgeous seating area for dining and relaxing, perfect for the coming spring weather. I reminisced as i went through the familiar setting but this was not my destination. The room which serves the afternoon tea is upstairs and reminds me of classic cruise liners. It is understated elegance with its muted colours and beautiful linens. On arrival we were given a Pink Rabbit each, not the fluffy kind but a gin based cocktail, and escorted to our table. Our high-tea consisted of sandwiches (no crusts of course), macarons, scones, homemade jams and cream. Everything is, I was reliably informed, made fresh on the premises, even the jams. There was a good selection of teas to choose from and I’m afraid my choice may disappoint you. Nothing exotic, I like English Breakfast tea and I like it strong. Credit to the wait staff, they got it spot on and the pot was enormous! There is something rather decadent about pouring tea into a strainer in your china cup and saucer, even if it is English Breakfast.
As we drank our tea and ate our sandwiches, we were also given the choice of a 2nd gin based cocktail, served in mini jam pots. I chose the Pippi Longstocking (you may see there is a children’s story kinda theme here) and my companion had the Violet Beauregarde.
I have to say that for me the cocktails were the real stars of the show. Hush now make their own in house gin and the first batches were produced this year. With subtle flavour differences the recipe has been excellently honed and is a real credit to its developers at Hush. Being a gin afficionado it would have been remiss of me not to try a cocktail at the bar after finishing our afternoon tea. I chose the Hush Martini, a mix of gin, orange curacao and absinthe. It was delicious! Whilst not the traditional martini it did make an interesting alternative (in fact, I had 2!)
My trip to Hush was very enjoyable and I don’t know why I have left it so long to return, a mistake I will be sure not to make again. The afternoon tea is available everyday at £35/person which includes 2 cocktails, tea, sandwiches, scones et al as above. This afternoon tea launches on Mothers Day so be sure to book your table (it is always an idea to book teas in advance anyway, they are becoming very fashionable again) If you’re looking for somewhere trendy yet elegant, away from the hubbub of Oxford and Regents Streets then this place will be right up your ‘cobblestoned’ alley. Gorgeous!