When it comes to eating in London, we are lucky to have so many different ways to enjoy good food. Afternoon Tea is just one past time that where we can indulge in some gorgeous cakes, sample lovely pastries and devour fresh sandwiches.
We visited Eric Lanlard’s Wandsworth based cafe, ‘Cake Boy’ after pre-booking their champagne afternoon tea. For those of you who don’t know, Lanlard is a celebrity chef who has produced cakes for the Beckham’s, Madonna and even the late Queen Mother! We knew we were in for a treat!
Upon arrival at the cafe we were greeted by a friendly waiter who already knew we were hear for tea, which led us to believe this is the main reason why people visit the place. The decor of the ‘tea room’ is far from traditional, with large arm chairs and quirky tables in bold colours of pink and black. Very different to likes of the Ritz or Claridges, but still very comfortable nonetheless.
The waiter took our drinks order (Lattes and teas) and also brought over our glasses of champagne. Then out came the sandwiches and cakes. What a sight! The waiter explained all of the sandwich fillings and described each delectable cake in detail. We were also supplied with a small menu outlining everything too.
The sandwiches, again not your traditional finger on white or brown bread, but large overfilled rolls consisting of mozzarella and roasted veg, parma ham, and houmous and salad. All of the breads were freshly baked and were delicious. We polished off all the sandwiches rather quickly!
Onto the stars of the day. The cakes. Lanlard’s inventive streak was certainly on display through each little beauty. Below is a photo of the menu describing each in detail.
All of the treats were unique in taste and simply divine. When thought has gone into the creating of individual cakes like these, you really can appreciate the skill level of the talented chefs behind the scenes! Our favourite was the Dark Chocolate square. The mousse was the lightest we have ever tasted and the cherries were a great addition and complemented the dark earthiness of the chocolate.
We would recommend a visit to Cake Boy if you live south of the river and are around Wandsworth/ Clapham. It is slightly out of the way, but we like that. Means it is a secret between us and Eric, for now any way!
Unit 2, Kingfisher House, Battersea Reach, Juniper Dr, London SW18 1TX