Went here with my mum......it was a voucher deal on groupon at £22 for sparking afternoon tea for 2. Offer is still valid if you fancy giving it a try after reading my review ?
The pub is just on the outskirts of Epping town and in a little village. There is a large car park which is free but you have to register your car on a touch pad screen just by the bar entrance door. Upon walking in i spotted the lovely lights and warm cosy fire and was greeted by a friendly lady behind the bar. The bar itself was empty but it was early in the day and the pub had only just opened 30 minutes ago.
I handed the voucher over and was asked if we wanted our Prosecco first ...........which was a yes please from us !!!!!
We was offered a table either in the bar area or the dinning room which was up a couple of steps. We decided to sit in the dining room. It was very bright with a shabby chic style with light painted wooden chairs and tables and lovely glass crystal chandeliers hanging from a low ceiling. I noticed a lovely tall glass vase of fresh flowers on the dresser which made it feel very homely. We both felt the room was cold so a lovely young lady got a electric heater for us and it soon warmed up.
Then the lady behind the bar came to our table singing Happy Birthday to me whilst putting a plate with a cake and candle on our table. I told her it must be a mistake as was not my birthday and I had not informed them of any birthdays !!!!! She said it must be for me as I was the only Karen booked for 1pm afternoon tea. A confused me thanked her anyway as nice surprise .....my birthday was a month ago !! They definitely made a mistake as about 15 minutes later they sung Happy Birthday to another lady and gave her a slice of cake with candle in too.
The afternoon tea arrived on a 3 tier silver stand and it looked very nice. We had 3 sandwiches each , tomato and cheese, cucumber one and tuna and sweetcorn . They tasted very fresh and had just the right amount of butter......I have had sandwiches in past with no butter inside which are bit dry unlike these ones ! I think they could of had another sandwich with different filling on the plate. There was only one raisin scone each but it was a good size with pot of jam and clotted cream. Unfortunately i thought the scone was a bit dry and hard inside like it had been frozen and defrosted. Along with the scones was a fresh fruit skewer each which i enjoyed and thought a very good idea. Lastly we tucked into the cakes along with our second cup of coffee. The cakes did not look or taste homemade which was a shame as you cannot beat a piece of homemade
cake ! They all did taste nice but very small slices and i think they could of been more generous in the size of them. Well that's just what we thought as we both have a sweet tooth.... others may feel it was just the right amount.
Overall it it was a very pleasant afternoon tea with good service for the money i paid.
By the way my Mum wants me to mention the bathroom had the most lovely smelling hand cream in it !!!!!
Nearest Station : Probably Epping on central line but i drove.
Best bits : Fresh sandwiches, friendly staff and nice room
Worst bits : Slightly dry scones but still tasted OK
Value for money : Yes for what i paid definitely
Would I go back? : Possibly