When I left London I definitely thought it was the end of my afternoon tea dates. I mean, come-on, after 40 afternoon teas over five years on my blog alone, plus the ones I didn’t review because I didn’t like them (yes, that does happen occasionally), you would think that one would never ever want an afternoon tea again.
But I was wrong. You see, my friend international woman of mystery N is quite convincing. When she reminds you that you’ve not had an afternoon tea date together in at least three years, you quickly schedule one.
So off we went to Hippopotamus, famed for their cocktails, but also Global Champion of the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge. We needed to see if this matched the afternoon teas we’d tried around the world.
It matched some of the best I’ve had in London. Even better, no scones were served so we didn’t fill up on dough – we could just eat beautifully crafted French pastries, savoury and sweet, in a location overlooking Wellington’s waterfront (you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, especially when that day happens to be the first real day of spring), sat in the sun but surrounded by art with the wow factor, downing tea and cocktails… what more could a lady want?
Nothing. The service was great, the passion-fruit mousse being the highlight of the incredible pastries sat in front of us, and Ms N fabulous as always.
I keep telling visitors to Wellington to stay for more than a day or two instead of using it as a quick stopover on their way to the South Island – there’s so much to see and do, that doing part mainly eating its wonderful food, so why not make an afternoon of it and include High Tea in the process?
A more detailed review will appear on the High Tea Society website but we paid $45 each for High Tea served with a gorgeous Bellini.
Museum Hotel can be found at 90 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand.