Sisley White discovers the best sandwiches and cakes as she enjoys a super afternoon tea at Willow Bough in Merton Park
In Wimbledon Park sits Willow Bough, a beautiful tea room that feels like it’s in the heart of the British countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of town. It’s a calm bright space filled with large tables ready to be laden with pots of tea and cake stands piled with delicious sandwiches and cream-filled cakes.
Author Henry James wrote: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. Tea, sandwiches and cake are small pleasures that when united form a wonderful experience and it’s easy to see how afternoon tea has remained such a popular tradition since it started around the 1800s.
At Willow Bough we were treated to beautiful Earl Grey tea served in fine china cups and saucers, with sugar cubes and milk delivered in matching fine china. A beautiful mix of sandwiches that had been cut into cute triangles was bought out on a cake stand. Exactly what afternoon tea sandwiches should look like.
The choices were egg and cress, ham, and salmon with cream cheese and cucumber, all on a selection of different breads. For the sweet course we had our choice of gluten-free lemon drizzle cake, blueberry cupcakes and scones. The homemade scones with cream and jam were a delight and definitely a highlight of the experience.
We left Willow Bought feeling full and content after enjoying the freshly-made sandwiches and cakes while spending the afternoon talking and laughing until there was no tea left in the pot. Afternoon tea lends itself perfectly as an experience to have with the family, on a girls’ afternoon out, a date or taking out a mum for a special treat. For a great price of only £17.50 per person it is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
Willow Bough, 11 Merton Park Parade, Wimbledon 020 8540 8080