Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British affair, and Gloucestershire is overflowing with splendid venues offering some of the tastiest treats in the UK.
Whether you plump for English breakfast blends, a classic pot of Earl Grey or the more exotic Lapsang Souchong, afternoon tea is an affordable luxury which has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, with Gloucestershire’s great selection of top tea-serving hotels and restaurants never proving more popular.
Of course, there are cucumber sandwiches; freshly baked scones with lashings of clotted cream and spoonfuls of sweet jam; as well as plenty of pastries to be found in this guide and the chance to make it an extra special occasion with a glass of fizz.
The lowdown: Country house hotel, Hatherley Manor, offers a relaxed setting for afternoon tea, with the option to dine outside during the summer or cosy up next to a log burner in winter. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and fruit scones smothered in jam and cream, along with freshly brewed tea or coffee. If you’re more of a savoury fan, tuck into the Alternative Afternoon Tea option that comes compete with mini fish and chips; mini cottage pie; and a choice of sandwiches including fillings of smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise, and cucumber, or wraps spanning chicken Caesar, roast vegetable and smoked salmon and cream cheese. You’ll also get to feast on sweet treats and sip a glass of Prosecco or Pimm’s. There’s also a Summer Afternoon Tea that features a refreshing gin and elderflower cocktail, mini Caesar salad, open salmon sandwiches served on focaccia, fresh scones, and a selection of cakes and fancies.
SoGlos loves: A voucher for afternoon tea at the hotel makes a thoughtful present, with the chance to purchase the gift for two, four or six people.
How much?: Full Afternoon Tea costs £13.50 per person, the Alternative Afternoon Tea is £40 for two, and Summer Afternoon Tea is £58 for two.
To book: Call (01452) 730217, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
The lowdown: Hop over the border to Herefordshire to enjoy a day out at Westons Cider Visitor Centre, and treat yourself to afternoon tea at its Orchard Tea Rooms. The Afternoon Tea Special features a selection of seasonal sandwiches and cakes with tea or coffee, while cream tea is also on offer. If you’re more a fan of savoury food then you’ll love sampling the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, including a cheese scone with chutney and a bottle of Westons’ Stowford Press or Stowford Press LA.
SoGlos loves: Combine your visit with a tour of the cider mill and learn more about the family-run business, which dates back to 1878. There’s also plenty to keep little ones entertained, including an on-site play park, an adventure track and the chance to meet the resident Shire horses, Ben and Prince.
How much?: Cream tea and Gentleman’s Afternoon tea are £4.95, while the Afternoon Tea Special is £9.99 per person.
To book: Call (01531) 660233, email email@example.com or visit westons-cider.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Whether you’re planning a special occasion or just fancy a weekend treat, Cheltenham’s Malmaison hotel offers a stylish setting for enjoying afternoon tea. Choose to linger over the delicious selection of cakes and savouries in the hotel’s chic lounge area or dine in the light-filled conservatory.
Menu highlights: The hotel’s twist on afternoon tea offers a tiered selection of tasty sweet and savoury treats. Start with smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, beetroot and goat’s cheese wraps, and mini burgers, before indulging in fruit or plain scones topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The selection of sweet delights includes Valrhona chocolate mousse with chocolate popping candy, salted chocolate brownie, carrot cake, mini chocolate éclairs and a seasonal berry milkshake, along with your choice of speciality teas. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter option, choose to have a classic cream tea, which includes fruit or plain scones with jam and cream, carrot cake and salted chocolate brownies, along with a choice of teas.
SoGlos loves: If you’re looking for a present for someone special, treat them to gift vouchers for Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two, while there’s also the option to purchase monetary gift vouchers that can be redeemed against afternoon tea.
How much?: Classic Cream Tea is £12, Afternoon Tea is £19.95, and Champagne and Cocktail Afternoon Teas are £27.
For more info: Call (01242) 370655, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit malmaison.com directly.
Monday 05 June 2017
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