Review Indian Afternoon Tea

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A couple of weeks ago, Khushi and I were invited for Indian Afternoon Tea at The Chilworth. Being of Indian origin and a lover of Afternoon Tea – it was the perfect match.

The Chilworth is a stunning Boutique Hotel is a short stroll from Paddington Station – a little hidden-away gem! Warm, dark wood, polished marble and crushed velvet enveloped us in laid-back luxury as we entered the lobby, we felt immediately at home, cosseted by quietly attentive service.

We were warmly welcomed and shown our table in the private area in the bar, the entire look and ambience was so cosy – it felt like being in New York (for some strange, odd reason), but it was absolutely stunning. The service was amazing, we were well looked after.

A table for two – just perfect! The seats were very comfy and relaxing. We were served refreshing cold water and the introduced the various teas; Indian masala chai tea, Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey and Green tea.

Having an Indian Afternoon Tea, it was only fair enough that we chose Masala Chai. The fragrance of the spices was absolutely amazing and reminded me of the tea I had on a recent trip to Punjab.

In India, people have their tea quite sweet, so obviously we had to follow the ‘rule’

Time to celebrate life and welcome the Autumn season! Cheers! The first sip of the tea took me straight back to India. It was very rich, creamy and full of flavours – I tasted a hint of coconut (milk) but could be wrong. It was a heart-warming moment and I felt my shoulder sink and relax.

When the food was brought in, we were like ‘Wow!’ It looked stunning. 3 tiers of fusion food – on the menu was:

  • Vegetable Samosas
  • Papdi chaat (classic chickpea, potato, yoghurt, chutney and crispy sev)
  • Assorted pakoda (crispy fried vegetables with chutneys)
  • Bombay aloo Ponda pav (spiced crushed potato)
  • Chutney sandwich (combination of green chutney and sweet chutney)
  • Chicken tikka sandwich
  • Paneer Kathi roll
  • Chef’s special sweet trio pot (three layers of Indian mithai)
  • Mini fruit kheer tart (mango or strawberry and rose flavour)
  • Spiced sultana scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam
  • Nan Khatai (an authentic Indian sweet and savoury cookie)
  • Freshly made seasonal kulfi

All served with freshly brewed Indian masala chai tea, Assam, Darjeeling or Green tea

How delicious does this look? Just look at the smile on my face 🙂

Spiced sultana scones, Nan Khatai (an authentic Indian sweet and savoury cookie) and Gulab Jamun Tart with Custard (I think).

Chef’s special sweet trio pot (three layers of Indian mithai).

Mint Yoghurt Chutney, Tamarind Sauce, Jam and Devonshire Clotted Cream.

Papdi chaat (classic chickpea, potato, yoghurt, chutney and crispy sev).

Indian afternoon tea

I loved everything, but my absolute favourites were Spiced Scones with Jam and Devonshire Clotted Cream, Chicken Tikka Sandwich, the Papdi Chat, Sweet and Savoury Cookie and the Masala Chai – I could eat this all day!

The food was divine and filling, so we ended up bringing the leftovers with us!

Would highly recommend The Chilworth to anyone who is looking for a break in London and an alternative afternoon tea experience.