Monday 28 October 2019

Savoy Hotel London - Mission 1 out of 4 completed

Sunday 25th October

Afternoon tea at the famous Savoy Hotel did not disappoint..........
From the grand entrance to the extremely large marbled bathrooms this hotel is in a class of its own.  I guess at £75 each for traditional afternoon tea you should expect nothing but the best.

Upon arriving with my Mum we headed to the bathrooms and Wow it was enormous, larger than the  downstairs of my house. Beautiful black and white marbled floor, lovely paintings on walls and gold baskets full of crisp white flannels to dry hands on . I always say you can judge a good hotel by the bathrooms !!!

We were shown to our table which had  large wing backed chairs to sit on which were very comfortable . The table was laid with a pure white tablecloth and Wedgwood china with silver cutlery.  The room was very grand with a glass domed ceiling and underneath was a white and gold gazebo with a piano in . The room had  marble on the walls and thick carpet on the floor and around the edge  large cream and gold pillars supported the high ceiling. There was a very relaxed feel to the room and the piano music was nice in the background.

The waiters were all dressed in a smart traditional uniform and there were plenty of them going between all the tables eager to help and serve everyone. Our waitress explained the menu to us and asked if we had any allergies or dislikes. We asked for coffee rather than tea which they said was not a problem.
The sandwiches came out on a china tray and looked nice and and tasted fresh and nice with the unusual filling combinations. My favourite was the coronation chicken ( I asked for extra one of these ) and the mini Butternut Squash tart which was very moreish. The waitress offered us more sandwiches but i wanted to save room for the cakes !!!


The scones and cakes came out on a traditional afternoon tea stand and they looked lovely. Two warm scones each one plain one raisin with lots of thick cream and jam plus a pot of creamy lemon curd......Mmmmmm my  mouth is watering at the memory of these as i write this !! 
Next we had 2 little sponge tea cakes each Earl Grey Tea and Bergamot curd plus a Iranian Pistachio Praline cake both of which were really nice. This surprised my Mum as she said she said she did not like Earl Grey Tea flavour but loved this cake !!! Last of all on the top tier were 4 little cakes.......all of which were very tasty however we both agreed the chocolate cube was delicious. My Mum said it tasted like Ferrero Rocher which is her favourite chocolate. The waiter asked if we we wanted anymore cakes and my Mum asked for another chocolate cube . We then had a different waitress ask if we wanted more cakes and could take them home in a box ......this was an offer we could not refuse.  Basically i think you could have extra of everything and they would not mind one bit. Also we lost count of how many times they topped up our coffee cups.
It was a lovely afternoon spent with my Mum and enjoyed being treated like royalty by the Hotel. A nice change from when i got home and have to cook dinner and look after everyone else !!!

Nearest Station  : Charing Cross Northern Line approx 4 minute walk 
Best bits : The amazing room with relaxed feel and service which made us feel special. Also the scones and chocolate cube cake   
Worst bits : Having to pay the bill at the end !!!!!
Value for money : It was expensive but something you will always remember    
Would I go back?  :  Yes but would have to be for a special occasion 

Monday 14 October 2019

Beagle bar The Manor house hotel - cotswolds

Saturday 12th October

My husband and I went away for the weekend to the Cotswolds. 
My daughter  brought us for last Christmas a whiskey and gin distillery tour in the Cotswold's plus voucher towards hotel stay. We stayed at the Manor House in  Moreton on Marsh which is a very nice little village.
I could not miss the chance of having an afternoon tea before heading to the distillery to sample some gin. Yes I drink gin since it has become fashionable and my husband has always been a fan of whiskey.
We opted for the champagne afternoon tea priced at £23 each.
When the afternoon tea stand arrived I was a bit disappointed as did not look like there was much on it!!

There was 3 different types of sandwiches,salmon, ham and egg. I liked the egg one in brown bread best, I think it had cheese in it as well. Next we tucked into the scones, i had the raisin one  and hubby had the plain one. There was a big pot of jam and thick cream. There was cream and jam left  so  I asked if we could have just one more scone as well as another cup of coffee. Hubby thought it was a bit cheeky, but if you don't ask you will not get!! So they say anyway. We shared the extra scone .
The top tier contained 3 little cakes each which looked and tasted nice. A strawberry custard tart, lemon sponge cake and mouse filled chocolate cone. Overall it was an OK afternoon tea but i have had better .

Nearest Station  : Not sure as we drove to hotel.
Best bits : Egg sandwich and freshly baked scones  
Worst bits : Not enough food needed more sandwiches
Value for money : Not really   
Would I go back?  : No 

Friday 11 October 2019

Toby Carvery Afternoon tea.........

Yes you saw it right an Afternoon Tea at the Toby Carvery home of the roast dinner. Not sure this is available at all Toby restaurants and I think you would need to book in advance.

I do not work on a Friday and normally will spend the morning doing my housework and then go for coffee or lunch  with my friend Michelle.
This Friday as it was the day after my birthday we decided to try a local afternoon tea at the Toby carvery. It sounded good value at £14.99 for 2..... My mum also came plus Michelle's two daughters and 3 grandchildren, 8 of us in total if you include baby Hudson who was asleep for most of it. Michelle booked the table about a week in advance to make sure they could cater for 5 afternoon teas as I do not think they get many requests for it.

We had to wait about 30 minutes for it to arrive but in the meantime we was offered tea or coffee which was included in price.
The tea stand consisted of 3 different sandwiches each, roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry, roast ham and mustard which was too hot for us and plain cucumber. This was just a slice of dry white bread with 3 slices of cucumber........not that nice!! Would of been better with some butter on the bread. However the turkey one was delicious and so was the ham if you like hot mustard! Next a large warm raisin scone each which looked and tasted homemade along with pots of jam and whipped cream, it was very nice. My friend granddaughter Macie thought so too!
To finish we could each choose a slice of cake from either salted caramel, chocolate fudge or Junkyard cake which is chocolate with Oreos and vanilla butter cream. The slices were extremely big.Me and my mum shared the salted caramel and Junkyard cake.....we both preferred the salted Carmel but both of them were very tasty. You need a sweet tooth to enjoy these as a  little bit sickly even for me!

After indulging in all of this we all felt rather full and left the restaurant feeling that we had got a very nice afternoon tea for the money. Next time I would ask for the ham sandwich without mustard and see if they would give us two turkey ones instead of cucumber.

Nearest tube : Buckhurst Hill (central line) We drove as local to where I live
Best bits : Turkey sandwich and salted caramel cake 
Worst bits : Cucumber sandwich with no butter
Value for money : Yes definitely.  
Would I go back?  : Yes I would 

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Tuesday 1 October 2019

3 Afternoon teas booked !!!!

Its been over a week since my last afternoon tea......having withdrawal symptoms already !!!!!!
So just booked  below afternoon teas.....

Savoy Hotel - This is birthday treat from my Mum who i am going with. It will also be mission 1 out of 4 completed. For whose not aware i set myself a mission of going to all 4 afternoon tea winners before the next awards !!!

Merry Fiddlers Epping  - This is local to me and i got a great deal on Groupon £22 for sparkling afternoon tea for 2 ! Offer is still available if you fancy it ?

Wardolf  Hilton London Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon tea  - Booked this for December as looks very nice and different. Going on weekday so cheaper than weekend at only £39 each

Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hilton - London