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Review: Scandal Water Sessions - Punch Room At The London Edition

If you've been here before, you will have come to know that I like to spend my rare days of being toddler free with my ladies in Central London and checking out different venues. My favourite thing to do is brunch or afternoon tea. Good food, beverages and girly catch ups makes for a great lady date and presses my mummy reset button. Over the last 6 months I've written some reviews on some fabulous venues I've visited.

You know when you just have a dining experience that is just so out of this world, you can't stop thinking about it, talking about it, dreaming of it and you just want to shout from the rooftops how amazing it is? Well recently I was offered the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at The Punch Room in The London EDITION and I'm thrilled to be able to share my experience with you.


Lobby bar

Entry to Berners Tavern

The London EDITION is a luxury 5 star boutique hotel in located in Fitzrovia in the London neighbourhood of Soho. The lobby alone will take your breath away and the bar is the perfect place to chill and have a social drink. To the right of the Lobby Bar is Berners Tavern, another utterly stunning room and an all day dining restaurant run by a Michelin-star chef and then to the back tucked away is The Punch Room. A beautiful set of rooms with library inspired dark oak decor, low lighting, a roaring fire, vintage style furniture, low level seating and a very exclusive, private members club feel about it.



The Punch Room have recently launched Scandal Water Sessions, their version of an afternoon tea and this is one that stands out from the crowd. Developed in-house by Punch Room's very own manager Davide, this has been designed to raise a glass to all things traditional but also incorporate what they do best - punch! This is all about the tea and punch with some light bites to accompany.


Generally when I go to an afternoon tea session I skip breakfast, it covers lunch and then I'm so full for the rest of the day I'll often have to skip dinner too. Over the years afternoon tea and high tea has evolved as an occasion, an event, but actually traditional afternoon tea developed in the 1840's was much more of an upper class social affair involving lady gossip and refreshments to cover those hunger pangs between lunch and dinner.


Here's how it works. The menu offers 5 pairing options and you can choose 3  per person for your session. Each pairing comes with a tea, a food option and a glass of punch (and by the way there is nothing traditional about this punch nor does it feature any of the following ingredients - cheap wine, lemonade, fruit chunks). There has been so much thought put into the pairings and as I enjoyed the tea, food and punch together I really felt that each selection was a match made in heaven and you could tell how much thought has gone into developing the menu. My girlfriend and I scattered our selections and shared so we were able to taste everything across the whole menu.

Round 1
Pairing 1: Japanese Sencha Tea | Lightly cured salmon, miso seasoned sandwiched in pastry and topped with caviar | English Milk Punch
Pairing 2: Jasmine tea | Jasmine infused chocolate ganache in a pastry case | Edition Punch.
Round One also comes with a traditionally buttered English muffin

Round 2
Pairing 1: Jasmine tea | Jasmine infused chocolate ganache in a pastry case | Edition Punch.
Pairing 2: Chamomile tea | Lincolnshire shortbread topped with seasoned whipped cream  cheese | Closer To God Punch

Round 3
Pairing 1: Davide's scandal water special brew tea | Classic British eccles cake | Enotria Punch
Pairing 2: Earle Gray tea| Classic shortbread topped with Earle Grey buttercream | Teddy Hook Punch

The tea is served as it was traditionally, which is luke warm and it was nice to be able to tuck straight into it without having to wait for boiling water to cool down. The food was in bite sizes but each mouthful was an explosion of amazing flavours in the mouth and the perfect accompaniment with the beverages. The punch! Where do I start with the punch? I've had some great cocktails in my life and the punch that I had here was up there with some of the best. Some of these punches are 24 hours in the making and you can taste every ounce of effort that goes into making them.

Along with each round, our very knowledgeable and attentive waitress sat down with us and explained what we were being served and some info into the pairings. Our favourite cocktail was the milk punch and she was able to talk us through every impressive step it took to make it. Hot tip! Make sure you try the milk punch. It's out of this world and even though a component of it is in fact whole milk, after the process of creating it, there is not a hint of creaminess to it. It's crisp, cold, sweet and refreshing.

Very happy to be drinking this English Milk Punch

My favourite pairing was the Jasmine tea with the chocolate ganache and the signature edition punch. This punch was gin based with a blend of citrus flavours, lemon juice and orange blossom water as well as oak moss syrup and jasmine tea. I enjoyed them all and there was only one component I wasn't such a fan of, which was the eccles cake. It's just personal taste really, I've never been a fan of fruit cake.

Chocolate ganache in a pastry tart

 Linconshire poacher shortbread topped with seasoned whipped cream cheese and dusted with chamomile tea powder


MY VERDICT:
I'm not using the term 'experience' lightly when it comes to describing the afternoon we enjoyed at Punch Room. This experience is designed to tickle your senses. Visually from the stunning soundings and attention to detail that goes into everything - even down to the beautifully painted monochrome crockery and crystal punch glasses. The taste explosion in your mouth that you will enjoy with every pairing - I honestly haven't had my taste buds captivated like that in a long time. The amazing smells that waft over the intimate room during the pairing preparations.  The way the bar staff describe everything  in detail making you enjoy and appreciate each taste even more. This is absolutely an experience and one that I would honestly recommend to anyone.


Scandal Water Sessions has siting at 3pm and 4pm each Friday and Saturday afternoon and is £35 per head. Punch Room's lighting begins to get even dimmer by about 6pm ready for the evening crowd and I could only imagine how amazing it would be to spend an evening there listening to old school music and drinking punch bowls. I think that's next on the list, perhaps a date night is in order?


Am only one that's been hiding under a rock and hadn't visited The London EDITION before? It was my first visit but it most certainly won't be my last.

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* Punch Room were very generous to offer me our Scandal Water Sessions at no charge. All opinions are honest and my own.

Kat x

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8 comments

  1. Wow, that looks amazing. A whole other experience in comparison to a traditional afternoon tea - also one of my favourite pastimes! #coolmumclub

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    1. It sure is an experience like no other. If you love afternoon tea, this will blow you away x

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  2. Oh wow! That looks so amazing. Brilliant photos

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    1. Awww thank you love. It was such a beautiful setting to photograph x

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  3. You've sold me. It sounds incredible, and I'm so intrigued by the milk punch...!!

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    1. I bet you would love it. Please go check it out! That milk punch is totally amazing! X

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  4. Oh my gosh this looks to die for! This post really captures your afternoon and screams 'TAKE ME THERE!'.
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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    1. Haha it totally is and I'm glad that I got that across. Everyone should go there! Xx

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