Is there a girl in the land who doesn’t long to be Elizabeth Bennett being maddeningly pursued by the devilishly handsome Mr Darcy? If there is I am yet to meet her. I think that is why woman have once again fallen in love with afternoon tea, it reminds us of a decadence and romance of the past that is perhaps missing from our modern-day life. Plus it’s a reason to eat cake and that is never a bad thing!
Last weekend I visited my new venue crush the Blythswood Square Hotel where I enjoyed a rather scrumptious (if somewhat sparse) afternoon tea in their gorgeous Salon Bar.
First a word to the wise if you are considering popping into the Blytheswood on a weekend for afternoon tea don’t even bother, it is strictly bookings only because it is SO busy. When we visited even the stools at the bar were all full and it was only 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
The Salon bar is much like the rest of the hotel – beautiful. It is gorgeous surroundings and a beautiful bar where you could very easily pass the day. My only slight niggle with the surroundings were our table – we were located at one of the low tables which is about knee height so it was like a small coffee table. This is fine but it made eating and drinking from the chairs quite difficult as we were constantly having to lean forward for drinks….food….napkins. It wasn’t especially comfortable.
We opted to try the The Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea which consisted of a 3 tier stand made up of a tray of sandwiches – Emmental cheese with pesto and tomato on brown bread, Egg and cress on brown bread, Roast beef and horseradish on white, Honey roast ham and grain mustard on ciabatta and Smoked salmon and cream cheese on crostini – all of these were delicious. Special mention tho goes to the Emmental and pesto which isn’t a combination I had tried before but was so tasty.
The next tier was made up of 2 scones both of which were plane with a pot of strawberry jam and clotted cream. These were utterly delicious but also utterly tiny! I had seen a stand of beautiful big scones but those were reserved clearly for people just ordering a scone as they were more than triple the size of the ones we were served.
The top-tier was made up of beautiful petite little cakes including – a Mini caramel eclair, raspberry and pink peppercorn macaroons, a small piece of red velvet cake and what I think was a lamington. The little cakes were delicious and everyone enjoyed them.
We had this accompanied by a glass of pink Moët and Chandon Champagne for an additional £14 per person.
This stand was priced at £22 per person and included a tea or coffee. I’ve got to be honest I did love it but for the amount of food which was provided it was slightly over priced. I understand that afternoon tea is a trend at the moment so it will be expensive but essentially what I got for £22 amounted to about a sandwich and a half, 2 mini scones and 4 tiny 2 bite canape cakes (one of which was a simple sponge square) and a latte….so when it’s stacked up it is rather expensive. However as a 1 off treat it is worth it, at that price tho I probably wouldn’t rush back, I’d rather go eat in the Blysthwood Restaurant which I think is amazing.