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Don’t be late… for the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea

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The Courthouse in Knutsford has launched a new afternoon tea menu, modelled on the adventures of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is filled with tasty and imaginative treats and is being served in The Courthouse’s historic Grade II listed building, designed by renowned architect George Moneypenny.

Formerly the home of Knutsford Crown Court, it was built in 1818 and celebrates its 200th anniversary this summer.

The magnificent property has been beautifully restored, retaining many of its original features, and provides an ideal venue within which to enjoy an Alice-inspired tea party.

Devised by head chef Ian Roberts, the new Mad Hatter’s menu features themed sweets that shout ‘Eat Me’ including: Cheshire’s Battenberg, a blackcurrant and liquorice macaron, a passion fruit and white chocolate Chai tea panna cotta and a Queen of Hearts strawberry and red velvet cake.

These will be served with a selection of finger sandwiches (including: curried cod, ham and cheddar cheese, egg mayonnaise and strawberry jam) and a fruit scone with clotted cream and homemade preserves.

Priced at £19.95 per person, the menu is served with a choice of Jaunty Goat Arabica coffee, fine loose-leaf tea by Tea from the Manor or a specially created ‘Tea Cup’ rose lemonade.

Alice in Wonderland-themed signature cocktails, devised by the Barristers team, are also available. Priced at £8 each, guests can choose from:

* Thyme for Tea – which consists of an earl grey gin, vanilla vodka, sugar and fresh lemon juice

* The Hatter’s Garden Party – a beefeater gin, elderflower liquor, apple juice, fresh lime, mint and sliced apple

* The March Hare’s Checkerboard – a vanilla vodka, Chambord, almond syrup, cream soda and lemon

The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is available from 12 noon until 5pm every day in Barristers Bar and Restaurant and must be booked in advance.

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