Winter Club Sandwich at Andaz Liverpool Street London – review

There seems to be no waning of the popularity of afternoon tea. It was, quite a while back, regarded as chintzy and stuffy but now it is considered a real meal, rather than an event of boring obligation for your Great Aunt Betty’s 80th birthday. Andaz offers a warming version of afternoon tea.

I personally love the traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches and sweets, but if one wants to indulge on a regular basis then that, however delightful, can become a little samey. One searches for an afternoon tea that’s a little different. One craves a hint of delicious innovation. One yearns for a plate of something memorable.

Andaz sandwich
Celebrated international food designer Chef Linda Monique has collaborated with the Andaz Liverpool Street’s pastry chef, Joseph Wagenaar, to present afternoon nibblers with their classic-with-a-difference. They have invented a BLT but unlike anything one would expect. This is a limited edition Winter Club Sandwich which will appeal to any visitor who wants a teatime treat that is both contemporary and designed to raise a smile. It’s a totally sweet version of that famous savoury sandwich.
To the untutored the board is just a regular sandwich platter. There is a small bucket of ‘fries’ with ‘ketchup’ and ‘mayo’ along with the toasted Club Sandwich. But nothing is quite what it seems. The bread is a sweet brioche and the fillings, although looking like bacon and tomato, are all fruity, creamy and sweet. Those condiments on the side are not ketchup and mayo but Earl Grey tea-flavoured cream and a plum sauce.
This Winter Club Sandwich is truly a seasonal treat. Its filling is a layer of spiced poached pears, slow-roasted Braeburn apples, caramel curd (be warned, this is addictive), and there is a garnish of a tangy lemon ‘fried egg’ which looks remarkably convincing.
Now, I did mention that bucket of ‘fries’. It won’t surprise you to learn that those ‘pommes frites’ have not even been on nodding terms with a spud; but they are moreish and will likely turn the heads of even the most committed of chip lovers. Those cinnamon-sprinkled batons are made of deep-fried sweet dough. The salt shaker in the kitchen was evidently replaced by a sugar sifter and a dip into those sweet sauces will have you wishing that winter could last just a little bit longer.

The Winter Club Sandwich is available for a limited time only at 1901 Restaurant till 31st March 2013, priced at £10 per sandwich.To book, please call reservations on 020 7618 7000 or email

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40 Liverpool Street
London EC2M 7QN
Phone: +44 20 7961 1234
Fax: +44 20 7961 1235

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Restaurant review by Chrissie Walker © 2018