This afternoon never fails to disappoint.....It must be around my 6th visit there. I call it the chocolate plate one which I will explain later!!!!!
I went there Friday April fools day and also the first day of their Easter theme afternoon tea. They changed the theme with special occasions and I have also been to the Christmas themed one.
My friend Michelle came with me and we celebrated her birthday. The Hotel is large modern and luxurious inside and worthy of the £32 price for the afternoon tea.
We were shown our table and handed the menu https://www.podiumrestaurant.com/pdf/special_events/Easter-AT-Menu-22_20220318.pdf
Our waitress took our drinks order and asked if we had any allergies. I ordered a cappuccino and my friend a pot of breakfast tea. Our waitress Najat was very friendly and enthusiast and could not do enough for us. She made us feel special and relaxed.
First came the sandwiches on separate plates . Mine had no fish so I got two mini coronation chicken rolls and two egg mayonnaise sandwiches plus a cucumber and cream cheese one . They were very fresh and I liked the little chicken brioche roll best it was very nice.
Once we had finished our sandwiches the waitress brought over the cake stand which was oblong in shape . It contained four scones plus six cakes which looked amazing and very pretty.
The scones were still warm and we got a plain one each and then we shared a fruit one and a chocolate one by cutting in half each. As well as the traditional jam and clotted cream we got a pot of salted caramel sauce which tasted delicious on the scones. The scones were lovely and light and fluffy inside.
We both enjoyed them very much.....
After ordering another drink we started on the cakes . We cut them in half which seemed a shame as they looked so pretty and a lot of work had gone into making them. I prefer to get two of each types of cake rather than cutting them in half but they were a good size and even I would not of been able to eat whole ones
All the cakes were really nice but we both thought the panna cotta in half a chocolate egg was lovely and so creamy
I also liked the Lemon and Blueberry sponge cake with nest on top and the chocolate choux banana bun.
As it was an Easter theme some of the cakes had chocolate mini eggs one as well as fondant flowers and chocolate decorations.
I almost forgot to explain why I call it the chocolate plate afternoon tea...............
Well the first time I went here with my mum a few years ago the cakes on the top tier sat upon a plate that was made of solid white chocolate with a gold dust. My mum did not believe the plate was made of chocolate until I broke it in half !!!!! It was nice chocolate too. Evert time I have been there since there is a chocolate plate which is different and goes with the theme at the time.
This time it was a green chocolate oblong with sugar sprinkled over it