Mad Dogs and Englishmen is on Leigh-on-Sea near Southend and its by far the best afternoon available in Essex. The Parlour is part of the main shop and accessible by walking through the stunning interior and furniture items available to buy! The shop is fully stocked with candles, flowers, trinkets for your home and lots of handmade furniture. The shop is perfect to browse whilst waiting to be seated for your tea.
Mad Dogs specialises in themed afternoon teas that run throughout the year, so far I’ve been to Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter and two Narnia themes all of which have been amazing and so different each time. I already have a voucher waiting to book my next cake scoffing session!
My most recent visit was with my mum for my birthday and was a Narnia theme which is perfect for December birthday celebrations. I love how every time I visit the decor changes from the entrance, the walls and ceilings nothing is left the same. The entrance for Narnia is through a large wardrobe, as you enter snow blows all around you. Stepping down the stairs and into the Parlour you are greeted with everything silvery, white and snowy, trailing ivy and the signature lamppost to visible along with lots of twinkling fairy lights.
Once seated our table is set with beautiful silverware, candles and mini snowy Christmas trees along with a detailed menu. We receive our giant teapot along with a cake stand full of fresh sandwiches , mini savoury tartlets and tiny toad in the hole Yorkshire puddings. Our warm scones are served in a silver box with clotted cream in a teacup and Tiptree jam.
The detail on the deserts is amazing, everything is served on a miniature sleigh and even comes with a tiny dolls house wardrobe with Turkish delight inside again this is set amongst min Christmas trees and a tiny lamppost. Cupcakes, tartlets, mousse and chocolate enclosed deserts are just some of the items to eat, and if you can’t finish everything you can have it boxed up to eat later.
I can’t wait to get back there again and will be booking a table as soon as possible!