Sunday 1 January 2023

Festive afternoon tea at Eastwell manor hotel and spa

 As a treat for myself and hubby I booked a night away after Christmas at Champneys spa at Eastwell manor in Kent. And I course I just had to book the afternoon tea whilst staying there. 

Eastwell manor is a large impressive manor  house set in extensive grounds in Kent. 

The spa is in a separate building and some rooms are in the Mews cottages rather than the main house. 

The afternoon tea is served in the cozy dark wood clad drawing room with its high ceilings

As it was Christmas we decided to go for the bottomless champagne tea for 90 minutes which was £65 each. The standard afternoon tea is only £35 each. 

Our table was nicely set with floral china and we did not have to wait long for the champagne to be poured and our chosen teas to arrive in it's silver teapots. 

The tea stand arrived and our waiter explained what was on it …. however by the time we  had drunk 90 mins of champagne I could not remember what we had !!!!!!

Along with the 4 sandwiches each we got a sausage roll which was still warm and nice. 

If I can remember correctly for the sandwiches we got turkey and cranberry, ham and mustard , egg mayo and cheese and cucumber. They tasted nice and very fresh. 

Next we had the scones a plain one each ands a fruit one. They were freshly baked and nice and light inside. These were served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. 

During the service our waiter kept our glasses topped up with the Champagne and my hubby ordered more tea and I ordered a cappuccino. 

The top plate was packed full of little cakes, two of each type

We had the tiny mince pie first which had sweet crisp pastry followed by the Christmas tree shaped shortbread biscuit.  Next I had the oblong tart which was filled with a banoffee type custard which was creamy and sweet. I liked this one best I think.   Then I had the chocolate ball shaped cake which I think was cherry and chocolate flavor. Finally the red velvet cake square which was nice too.

By the time we had finished all the food and had 90 minutes of Champagne I was extremely full !!!

Overall a nice way to spend a wet and windy afternoon and we were looked after by the waiter. 

Nearest Station :        Not sure as we drove and its in the Kent countryside 

Best bits : The champagne and scones of course followed by the sausage roll   

Worst bits :  None to mention  
Value for money : Yes if you compare it too the price of some afternoon teas in London hotels.   
would I go back? :  Probably not as not close to home and the Spa was not the best I have been too. It would not be worth driving for an hour and minutes just for an Afternoon tea !!! 

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