Friday 21 October 2022

21 afternoon teas in 2022 and still counting

 I was chatting to my friend and she asked me how many afternoon teas I have my been too this year. 

I replied that my aim was to go to one a month so I guessed I had been to around 10 or 11

Wow how wrong was I it's 21 to date and it's not the end of the year yet !!!!! That's a lot of scones and cakes....

No wonder I have not managed to loose any weight but I have enjoyed going to them, well most  of them. 

Next one I have booked is at the Melody restaurant  that I have been to before with my mum. This time taking hubby for his birthday as the have a whiskey bar. 

I also hope to go to a few Christmas ones so probably end up going to around 24 in 12 months. 

Sunday 16 October 2022

Romeo and Juliet afternoon tea at Shakespeare globe theatre London

Friday, I went on a post birthday afternoon tea with my friend at the Swan restaurant at the Shakespeare Globe theatre bankside London. 

Once again got a great deal on a voucher from Buyagift using a discount code. It cost us £32 each with a glass of prosecco. My friend did not like the prosecco, so I got her glass as well!!!!.. 

The menu price is £38.50 each without the prosecco so I saved us some money 

The current Menu on offer is the Romeo and Juliet theme and they also do a savory afternoon tea.

The restaurant is quite modern in looks. Downstairs is the large bar with seating and upstairs is the nice light modern restaurant with windows looking out onto the Thames. This is where the afternoon tea is served so you get a lovely view. 

We choose a table for two by the window which had a great view of the Thames. Our table was nicely laid with China plates and matching cup and saucer in black and white design to go with the theme. There was also a small vase on each table with fresh flowers in. 

The waiter handed us the menu and asked if we had any allergies so we just said that we do not eat salmon so could we just swap it for another type of sandwich. They said this was fine and offered us a glass of tap water and took our drinks order. I decided to try the Wild Encounter berry fruit tea and my friend ordered a coffee. The waiter then poured us each a large glass of prosecco. 

The tea was very nice, glad I ordered it. 

After about 15 minutes the tea stand arrived and first thing I spotted was the large homemade scones that looked freshly baked. 

The bottom plate looked a bit empty as we only got 2 tiny mini chicken rolls each, a very tiny cheese quiche and an egg mayonnaise sandwich each. However, these did l taste lovely and nice and fresh. 

The scones were very nice, and we got a plain one and fruit one each with strawberry jam and clotted cream. We both like lots of cream and jam so had to ask for some more. This was brought out to us quickly. 

After the scones we ordered another coffee each and started on the top plate of mini cakes. And when I say mini, I mean bit size. We did however get one each of the 5 different ones so ended up being enough food as the scones had filled us up.  I really liked how the Romeo and Juliet theme was used on these cakes as detailed in the menu description. 

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME  White chocolate mousse topped with a buttercream rose leaf, a rose and lychee pate de fruit (gf) 

MONTAGUE VERSUS CAPULET Dark chocolate salted caramel lollipop, speckled gold leaf 

SUCH SWEET SORROW Lemon scented cupcake filled with lemon curd and zesty buttercream topped with a fondant iced Juliet 

 WILD ENCOUNTER Hibiscus flower and berry scented jelly, vanilla panna cotta and berry cremeux, blackberry and meringue (ve, gf) 

MY TRUE LOVES KISS red velvet and cream cheese filled macaroon sealed with a chocolate kiss (gf

We both liked the jelly sweet cake and the panna cotta in the pot.  I also loved the macaroon which was one of the best I have ever tasted. 

Overall, a nice, themed afternoon tea in a nice venue with lovely view. 

Nearest Station :        London Bridge Station   - about 12-minute walk 
Best bits : The scones and the venue with great view of Thames 
Worst bits :  The small size of the savory section       
Value for money : Yes if you can get a Buyagift voucher but still at the menu price it's not too bad for a nice venue.   
would I go back? :  Yes I would

Wednesday 12 October 2022

5 Star birthday afternoon tea - Park room JW Marriott Grosvenor House London

 For my birthday treat my mum took me to a wonderful afternoon tea in the Park Room Marriott Grosvenor House hotel.

Being a bargain hunter, I told my mum to buy the voucher from Buyagift for champagne afternoon tea for two for £99 which saved her £45 off the hotel menu price.  I hate anyone paying full price unless they have too especially as we all need cut back on spending in order to pay the energy bills this year!!!!!

The hotel is very large and in Park Lane adjacent to Hyde Park. 

Upon arrival the smartly dressed doorman held the door open as we walked into the large long lobby. It was lovely inside and modern furnished with lovely large lights and vases of fresh flowers. There were lots of bright chairs and sofas scattered around and a lovely modern gas fireplace. 

We were a bit early so we checked out the bathroom. It was large with a seating area with dressings tables and mirrors to check your hair and makeup. They had Penhaligon's hand wash and matching cream which smelt lovely.  

The afternoon tea is served in the large side room with windows looking out to the street. It has lots of low tables and comfy armchairs plus a pianist playing in the corner. In the middle of the room is a large table with lots of different shape and size vases filled with fresh yellow flowers. We also spotted a Victoria sponge cake and chocolate cake in a glass domed stand by the flowers. Above the table are lots of white butterfly shaped lights hanging down from the ceiling. 

My mum said that the hotel just as nice as the Savoy which is her favorite. 

We sat at a table for two and my mum found the armchair a bit uncomfortable for her back, so the waitress gave her a cushion which helped. 

The menu sounded very nice, and we explained what food we did not eat so they could adapt the sandwiches for us. I had mentiond this upon booking, but they just wanted to confirm. 

Selection of Delicate Finger Sandwiche

 Cucumber, garden mint butter 

Smoked Oakham chicken, tarragon, crème fraîche 

Roast Aberdeen Angus beef, creamed horseradish

 Honey roast Yorkshire ham, Coleman’s English mustard 

North Atlantic cold-water prawn, classic Marie Rose sauce

 Open Sandwiches

 Foreman’s smoked Scottish salmon,

 cream cheese Burford Brown Clarence Court egg, mayonnaise, chive

 Plain and Raisin Buttermilk Scones 

Devonshire clotted cream accompanied with your choice of British preserves: Strawberry, rose petal, rhubarb and ginger, gooseberry, raspberry, blackcurrant 

Assortment of Tantalising Afternoon Tea Pastries

 Treacle and orange tart 

Almond and cherry Bakewell 

Lemon Posset

 Raspberry and Masala Bourbon biscuit 

Spiced fruitcake 

Fresh Home Baked Cakes Offered with your choice of:

 Exclusive Tea Selection from Newby £62.50 per person With a glass of non-alcoholic Wild Idol Sparkling Rosé £72.50 per person With a glass of Lanson Black Cuveé Champagne £72.50 per person

I choose a lemon and bergamot tea whilst my mum ordered a cappuccino.  We also got a very large full to the brim glass of champagne each. 

It was lovely and relaxing sipping our champagne whilst listening to the piano music.

The waitress brought over an aperitif which was a small glass of pear flavor drink which had foam on top and then the glass was topped with some candy floss. It was nice and unexpected. 

After about 30 minutes the waitress apologized for the delay in our food and explained that as we made changes to original sandwiches, they were making them especially for us . They kindly offered us a complimentary glass of champagne which was very nice of them.  The manager even came over to say he was sorry and that we could have another glass later if we wanted. 

We did not mind the wait as it was very relaxing, and the music was nice.

When the tea stand arrived, it looked lovely and worth the wait....

We also got a separate plate with the open sandwiches which was an egg mayonnaise mini bagel for me plus 3 cream cheese and artichoke ones. Then the waitress brought me over 2 chicken tarragon sandwiches and my mum got just plain chicken ones without the mayonnaise. As well as these we got a cucumber one, plain ham without the mustard and beef one with no horseradish. 

They tasted nice and very fresh however a bit too plain for me but that is just because my mum is a bit fussy and just likes everything plain !!!!  My favorite was the chicken with tarragon mayonnaise and the  little egg mayonnaise bagel. 

Next we had the scones and did get offered another glass of champagne which I sadly had to refuse as needed to drive home from the station. 

The scones were very big and we got two each a plain one and fruit one along with the jams we choose from the 5 different ones offered on the menu plus a pot of thick clotted cream. We choose the raspberry jam, strawberry jam and rose jam as this was an unusual flavor. 


The scones were extremely nice and very night and fluffy inside. I tried all 3 jams and liked the rose one as not too strong a rose taste. My mum said they were one of the best scones she had for a while. 

After these large scones I was feeling a bit full but still had some room left for the little cakes. 

 We got 5 different ones to share so cut them all in half which was fine as would not have been able to eat a whole one each. I must say they did not look as nice as what they tasted. 

My mum liked the mini fruit cake best as it tasted like Christmas cake but had buttercream inside. The chocolate raspberry slice was my favorite along with the orange treacle tart. 

Just as we finished these cakes the waitress asked us if we wanted anything else and offered more sandwiches or scones, so we just ordered a coffee each.  

Whilst waiting for the coffees the manager came over to us and asked if we would like a slice of the large cakes on the display table. We felt so full but could not resist as they looked lovely. I had the Victoria sponge cake and my mum the chocolate fudge cake. They were quite big slices as well. We had a taste of each other's, the chocolate cake was very rich and extremely chocolaty. 

Just as I finished the Victoria sponge a slice of the Chocolate fudge cake was placed in front of me with a candle in and Happy Birthday wrote on the plate in chocolate. The waiters all sang happy birthday to me and another lady on a table nearby which was really nice and made the perfect ending for my birthday afternoon tea.  


Nearest Station :        Marble Arch Station   - about 10-minute walk 
Best bits : The service which was fantastic as they made us feel welcomed and special. Also, the scones were very good plus got a choice of 5 different jams. 
Worst bits :  Nothing to mention       
Value for money : Yes if you can get a Buyagift voucher like i did otherwise priced as you would expect for a lovely 5 star hotel.  
would I go back? :  Yes I would

Sunday 2 October 2022

£12.99 afternoon tea for two bargain from Morrison cafe

 Yesterday my friend and I decided to have an afternoon tea in Morrison Cafe after shopping. 

So glad we did as such a great price at £12.99 for two including hot drink refills!!!!!

They asked if we had any allergies and I just said we don't eat fish. They said we could have an egg mayonnaise sandwich and cheese or ham. 

We got cheese on White bread and egg mayonnaise on brown. Four triangles of each one which equates to a whole sandwich each. They were nice and fresh. 

Then we got a Morrison bakery fruit scone each which are very nice and one of my favorite scones as crunchy on outside and full of dried fruit. We got our own mini pot of jam and clotted cream which was more than enough for each scone. 

On the top plate was a small pot of strawberry cheesecake each plus a chocolate brownie slice and lemon and blueberry cake each. These were all very nice and I liked the moist lemon and blueberry slice of cake best. 

This afternoon tea maybe not posh but amazing value and all tasted very nice.