Saturday, 18 September 2021

Piglets Pantry afternoon tea box delivery

I  have not had an afternoon tea for a few weeks and was missing them .......So I decided to order a home delivery one after seeing the voucher on Buyagift website. It also helped that i had a £10 discount code to use for Buyagift . It cost £35 including delivery for the classic  afternoon tea box for 2 so using my voucher it only cost me £25 !!!!!!  I hardly ever pay full price for anything if I can help it. 

You can also purchase this direct on their website plus other delicious baked goods including pies 

Piglets Pantry

The box arrived on Friday as planned and when I opened it I was pleasantly surprised 


It was delivered in a large pink box which contained another smaller pink box above . There was some dry ice bags inside to keep it cool. 

It contained the following :


2 HAM HOCK & MATURE CHEDDAR QUICHES
2 TRADITIONAL SCOTCH EGGS
2 MINI TRADITIONAL SAUSAGE ROLLS
2 MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS WITH CHEESE AND PICKLE
2 BUTTERMILK SCONES
2 RODDA’S CLOTTED CREAM
STRAWBERRY JAM
2 CARROT CAKES
1 BLUEBERRY BANANA AND LEMON CURD CAKE
1 LEMON DRIZZLE LOAF CAKE
2 TEA PIGS TEA BAGS

I took the box to my Mums on Saturday for us to share together. I like to get my Mums feedback as she has been to many afternoon teas with my  and loves a cake too . 

We decided to set it up properly on a cake stand so we could imagine that we was in a nice hotel 

My mum warmed up the savouries and scones in the oven ......




All of the savouries tasted lovely , crisp buttery pastry  with delicious fillings. I think I liked the sausage rolls best. 




Next the plain scone which was so fresh and light ......so nice with the strawberry jam and clotted cream included in the box . We got just one scone each ....I would of like another one but I guess I should not be greedy as still had the cakes to eat 






Finally the cakes .....we got a whole carrot mini loaf cake each plus to share a lemon drizzle one and banana and blueberry loaf cake.

My favourite was the blueberry banana one and my mum liked the carrot cake best . They were all very  nice and we enjoyed eating them with a cup of coffee.  They tasted very fresh as did all the food 



Overall a extremely nice and good value afternoon tea box that I would recommend. 


 

Nearest Station : N/A - Home delivery afternoon tea box 
Best bits : The freshness of the food and how well it was packaged. Also the amount of food plus delicious pastry savouries.
Worst bits : None
Value for money : Yes i think it is
would I go back? : Yes thinking of ordering another one soon , maybe the Autumn one they do .





Sunday, 29 August 2021

Superb indian inspired afternoon tea - Kona at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate London

 I said I wanted to try the Jasmine Indian afternoon tea at Kona Taj51 after having the Queen of Hearts one there.....and yesterday I did just that and it was even  better than I expected !!!!!!!!!!



It is priced at £45 each the same as the Queen of Hearts tea but if you buy a voucher from Buyagift when they have a discount you can save up to 25% . This is what i did as always on the look out for bargain and to save money!!!!

I took my husband as i knew my mum would not like the spicy food as she is a very plain food person. My hubby was very impressed with the grandeur of the hotel especially the lovely courtyard garden. 



We arrived about 15 minutes early and shown straight to our table for 2 in the corner of the room. We were the first to arrive for the 2pm seating. The table was laid differently to the Queen of Hearts theme tea with lovely gold sun shaped mirror plate charger and the china had gold on to match. 



The waitress handed us the menu and asked if we had any allergies. There were lots of different teas to choose from. My husband ordered his tea and I had a cappuccino . The menu sounded amazing 

Jasmine afternoon tea menu

First we was brought a small glass of salty caramel Lassi topped with a toffee crunch stick........it tasted delicious i could of easily had another one. The crunch stick was nice too. 



After this the waitress brought out 3 trays of food ......there was so much and it was presented lovely on gold trays and dishes. I could not wait to get stock in



The gold mitrrored tray had the savouries on and they consisted of  Darbari Sandwiches Spiced Creamed Cheese, Kachumbar Pinwheel in Beetroot Bread ,  Curried Egg Mayo Pinwheel in Sun-Dried Tomato Bread, Royal Namkeens Chicken Tikka Wrap, Spiced Paneer Bhurjee Puffs and Spiced Potato Toast with Fig Chutney. The pastry ones were still warm and we both liked the Paneer Bhurjee puff best followed by the Chicken Tikka wrap. All of them were lovely and we were offered more but declined as wanted room for the sweet cakes. 



We ordred more hot drinks before tucking into the Meetha Gulabi Scones with Kismis and Almonds, served with Homemade Alphonso Mango Compote, Cinnamon Clotted Cream. The scones were pink in colour and tasted of rose and almond ......so different to the traditional scone and I enjoyed them very much. It was so nice to have mango compote and cinnamon clotted cream rather than just plain jam and cream. 





I was starting to feel full up now but still had a bit of room left for the tray of amazing looking cakes 



The gold leaf design tray had the following sweet desserts on Gold Leaf Gulab Jamun and Cheesecake ,Gajar Halwa Macaroons,Pistachio, Crusted Fruit and Cardamon Flavoured Srikhand Tart, Short Glasses of Royal Saffron Rice Pudding and Chandni Foam, Chocolate Rasmalai Cups, Anglo Indian Rose de Cookies. The attention to details was amazing, there was a white chocolate truffle chocolate on a stick in the rice pudding and little filled chocolate tea cup plus a lime segment that was made from while chocolate. It looked so life like my husband thought at first it was a real lime. I must also mention the star anise on the fruit tart was made from chocolate too

They were so different to your normal afternoon cakes and I enjoyed them very much.




 2 hours later and feeling extremely full we happily paid the service charge as the food and service had been excellent . We both enjoyed the whole experience and would defiantly go back.




Nearest Station : Victoria station - about 10 minute walk
Best bits : Excellent service and so unique amazing food . Also the amount of food we got for the price.
Worst bits : None
Value for money : Yes defiantly
would I go back? : Yes I would for both types of afternoon tea. 


Sunday, 22 August 2021

Afternoon Tea and vineyard tour with wine tasting - Chilford Hall Vineyard

 Had a lovely weekend away visiting the Chilford Hall Vineyard in Cambridgeshire. This is the second vineyard we have visited and our plan is to visit a different one each year. We are not wine connoisseurs but maybe after a few more years could be experts!!!!!!! So far we have learnt quite a lot and also spent a lot of money in buying the wines after.

The vineyard tour and tasting lasts 2 hours and cost £25 each which includes an afternoon tea . This i think is very good value as before the tour we got offered complimentary teas and coffees whist waiting for it to start. Out tour guide was extremely informative and we learnt so much about the growing of the vines and the different types of grapes.  

After tasting 5 different types of wine the glasses were cleared away and the afternoon tea stand delivered to our table. We were also offered tea or coffee




We had to share 4 different finger sandwiches and a cheese straw each , the sandwiches were nice and very fresh. We had one fruit scone each and a pot of jam and pot of clotted cream each. I was disappointed that the scone was not homemade and just from a packet however I still enjoyed it. 


Lastly we tucked into the top plates of mini cakes which were all shop brought rather than homemade.

We cut each one in half and they looked and tasted very nice.




Overall not a bad afternoon tea considering the main event was the vineyard tour and wine tasting 

Nearest Station  : Its in the countryside so no stations nearby    
Best bits : Mini cakes   
Worst bits : Homemade scones would of been much better and perhaps another sandwich each  
Value for money : Yes it is at only £25 each with the tour and tasting 
Would i go back   :  Yes maybe but there are so many other vineyards to visit 




Sunday, 15 August 2021

Tewin Bury farm - Much need afternoon tea with delicious scones

 Yesterday I had a lovely afternoon tea with my friend which was much needed , as it had been 4 weeks since my last one !!!!!!

We went to Tewin Bury farm in Hertfordshire which is a hour drive from us. I went here with my mum about a year ago and always said I would go back. 

The afternoon tea is served at the Cow Shed restaurant and you can sit outside on the lovely covered terrace. It was very busy outside but luckily when I booked about 3 weeks ago I requested a table on the terrace. 





The menu sounded nice and there was a very good selection of teas available. If you do not like tea like me you can have coffee of your choice or hot chocolate. 




 After ordering a glass of Prosecco each which was additional £5 a glass on top of the £25 each for the afternoon tea I informed the waiter i did not eat fish or like chicken liver pate. They were happy to swap this for vegan sausage roll instead. My friend ordered a tea and I ordered a cappuccino . When the pot of tea came out the waiter also brought out a sand timer with 3 differed tubes of coloured sand. Each timer ran for a different time . The yellow sand for 3 minutes , green 4 minutes and black 5 minutes. So you could decide the strength of tea you wanted. 


We waited about 15 minutes for the tea stand to arrive........



The cakes came out on a separate wooden board..



The sandwiches were nice and fresh and we had 3 each plus 3 little savouries each . I am so glad I had the vegan sausage roll as it was my favourite out of the savouries. The little tiny jacket potato was very nice too.

Next we tucked into our favourite part of the afternoon tea .....The scones 

We had 2 each , a plain one and fruit one with a pot of Tiptree strawberry jam each and a pot of clotted cream to share. The scones did not disappoint. I remember last time that I wrote that they were one of the best scones I had tasted so far. This is probably still the case 

To go with the scones we ordered another hot drink each 



The cakes were nice our favourite was the Almond sponge closely followed by the little strawberry tart. 

I did not like the Pimms jelly much as it did not have much flavour. 

Overall a very lovely Afternoon tea in a nice countryside setting. 

Nearest Station  : Not sure as I drove , plenty of car parking on site   
Best bits : Vegan sausage roll and  the homemade scones    
Worst bits : None really it was all very good  but if I want to be picky I could say the Pimms jelly 
Value for money : Yes it is at only £25 each 
Would i go back   :  Yes for a third time !!!









Sunday, 25 July 2021

Valerie Patisserie - not luxurious but still nice and good value

 Yesterday I took my mum to Valerie patisserie in Leicester Square London for a afternoon tea. 

I brought the voucher last year from buyagift at a price of £25 for two

You do not need to book in advance which was good as it did not matter what time we arrived there. 

It was only a 3 min walk from Leicester Square station which was handy. It was rather small inside with not that many tables, luckily there was space for us and we got a large table in the window . The tables were very basic and just bare with nothing on. 




I informed the waitress we wanted the afternoon tea and handed the voucher to her. She informed us that there was no menu for the afternoon tea and was just as it came so i let her know that we did not eat fish. She said there was no fish anyway and then took our order for hot drink. We both ordered a cappuccino which arrived soon after and was in a nice large cup. 

About 10 minutes later the tea stand arrived, it looked nice but not many cakes on the top tier.

The sandwiches were nice and fresh and consisted of egg mayonnaise mini brioche roll, roast chicken sandwich, cream cheese and cucumber sandwich , ham and mustard sandwich and a roasted vegetable sandwich. There was plentiful sandwiches compared to some afternoon teras i have been too. 

We got 2 scones each one plain and one raisin, they were generous in size too. There was a pot of strawberry jam each and a pot of clotted cream to share. Lucky for me my mum does not  like fresh cream  !!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed the scones very much and ordered another coffee to go with them. 



Lastly we tucked into the 5 mini cakes .....



We had to cut three of them in half so we could both try them. They were very small in size but tasted nice. I think i liked the raspberry éclair best as the cream tasted of fresh raspberries. The chocolate one had caramel cream and there was also a carrot cake square and a custard mini tart topped with a raspberry. 

By the time we had finished all the food i felt very full and decided that although it had not been in a luxury posh venue the food and service was good and defiantly worth the money. We did not even get charged for the second hot drink which i think is good service 


Nearest Station : Leicester Square underground station - about 3 minute walk
Best bits : Fresh sandwiches and scones
Worst bits : The venue inside was dull and plain
Value for money : Yes it was at only £25 for both of us



Monday, 19 July 2021

Peter Pan themed afternoon tea at The Shard food OK but service disappointing

 Yesterday I went to the The Aqua Shard with my friend for the Peter Pan themed afternoon tea. 

The food was nice but the service let it down . It was not cheap at £52 each so when I booked I expected to receive excellent service ......sadly this was not the case





When we arrived we got  the fast lift up to the 31st floor and the Aqua restaurant. It was very busy with lots of full tables. We had a tiny table for 2 next to the window overlooking the Thames which was a very  nice view




We must of been seated for at least 15 minutes before a waiter came over and offered us a glass of water and handed us the menu. 

We both ordered a cappuccino each which came with a nice design on top 



The menu sounded nice especially the savory food which consisted of  a sausage roll , chicken sandwich , egg mayo sandwich , mushroom shaped brioche bread and a fish one shaped as a hook .



We waited another 15 minutes for the tea stand to arrive which was in the shape of a pirate ship was was very different, Next to our table was a special stand that the boat sat on. Which as a good job as it would not of fitted on our tiny table. 




They savory food  tasted very nice and bread was very fresh . We both liked the sausage roll one best. 
We was not asked if we wanted any more sandwiches which i thought was bad service for the price it cost. Not sure if they would of given us more if we had asked. 
The waiter did not even come over to us to top up our water glass so we had to ask him and also for more coffee. 




Next we tucked into the 3 cakes and little pot of jelly. They all tasted OK but nothing special. I think they looked nicer than what they tasted.  




My friend was going to take the Tinkerbell shaped biscuit home so left it on the table but then the waiter tried to take it away when he cleared the plates.....We managed to retrieve it back from him !!!!!

He should of asked first and then should of offered a box to take it home in. In the end my friend just ate it. 

We sat there chatting whilst they took the boat stand away and we waited for the scones to arrive.  

We waited and waited and waited and after at least 30 minutes my fiend asked if we was going to get the scones as i am sure they had forgotten . The waiter said yes they would bring them soon. 

15 minutes later they arrived on a plate instead of the treasure chest shaped box that other tables had got. We asked why they were not a box and the waiter said that they did not have any boxes !!!!!

My friend informed him that other people had theirs in the treasure box as this was all part of the whole themed experience. So they took them away on the plate and 5 minutes later brought them back in the box with some cream and jam in pots, 




The scones were very small and the raisin ones only had one raisin in each of them ....bit disappointing 

However they did taste quite nice and very buttery with a light crumbly texture which was nice. 

We had the last afternoon tea seating and as we had to wait so long for our scones we were the last table left. All around us the waiters were cleaning the tables and setting them up ready for the evening. They were also mopping the floor around us which I thought was not very polite. 

Though out the whole afternoon tea I think our waiter only asked us once if everything was OK. 

I noticed that they were quick to bring us the bill at the end 


 


Nearest Station : London Bridge station - about 5 minute walk
Best bits : View from the window and savory food
Worst bits : Service which was terrible 
Value for money : No have had much better for less money
would I go back? :  No I do not think so 









 

Saturday, 26 June 2021

National cream tea day - Pink lemonade scones

 Friday was national cream tea day .............so I just had to bake some scones and serve with clotted cream and Jam, not that I need an excuse !!!!!!  



To celebrate cream tea day I decided to make some pretty pink lemonade scones. They are easy to make and taste delicious. Served with strawberry jam  and then a thick layer of clotted cream 



INGREDIENTS125mls rose lemonade ( I used Tesco sugar free)

300g Self Raising Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
50g caster sugar
125mls double cream crème
2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS


 Pre-heat oven to 190C. 
Put the flour, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl, and then add the  cream and the lemonade. Mix well until it is combined into a soft dough, adding a little more cream if it is too dry.
 Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead lightly before pressing the dough out to a thickness of about 2cm.
 Cut the scones out with a round cutter, and place them onto a greased and/or lined baking tray. Glaze the tops with the milk. At this stage you can freeze some if you do not want to bake them all at once.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Serve warm with jam and cream, as well as a glass of rose lemonade!