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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Time for Tea......Hotel La Tour

Hello there!

Welcome back…today we have a fabulous Guest Post for you! Now you probably realise that Lorna and I are southerners….going for afternoon tea mainly in Surrey and London. Therefore its always brilliant to have someone based elsewhere tell us about their afternoon tea experiences!

Today we are joined by Roz from The Foodie Couple Blog who recently indulged in a spot of afternoon tea at Hotel La Tour, a modern city centre hotel in Birmingham, which has been open for about a year. Afternoon tea at the hotel was  served in the rather stylish Aalvar Bar.

Here is what Roz thought of her afternoon tea experience......

The food began with the sandwich selection on the top tier of the cake stand, we had a choice of ham and tomato, coronation chicken, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and mint - all of which were very pleasant but not spectacular.

We were also treated to savoury welsh rarebit dip – this was one of the highlights of the afternoon tea, which came with dippable toasted bread/croutons. It was real cheesy goodness!

On the second layer of the stand we had the scones- two fruit and two plain. The scones were nice and moist, served warm and they were not too big. They were served with good quality cream and jam; personally I would have liked another jam flavour choice (although I know the strawberry/raspberry is traditional).

Next came the sweet treats – we had a strawberry macaroon with chocolate filling, which looked divine and the texture of the macaroon shell and filling was great…. but the strawberry flavour was overpowered by the chocolate filling. We also had shot glasses filled with vanilla pannacotta, cucumber and strawberry jelly this was really nice and refreshing, a good alternative to another bit of cake which can get quite heavy after a while. The two standout sweet bits were the take on a jammy dodger - with blackberry jam, and the winner of the day a piece of lemon cake, with buttercream and lime zest.

Overall my favourites from this afternoon tea were the lemon cake, the welsh rarebit dip, and the plain scones.

The ambience and surroundings at the hotel were brilliant as well, with lovely comfy chairs and sofas in the bar. The staff  were really attentive too - you wouldn't go wanting for any extras, but importantly they weren’t intrusive either. 
The cost of the afternoon tea was £18.95 pp, which included your choice of iced tea, teas and coffees, all of which were refillable. Alcoholic drinks were priced individually as extras.

I would definitely recommend this afternoon tea to others and will go again myself in a heartbeat – it was a great way to spend an afternoon, and close enough to Birmingham’s main shopping area, the Bullring, to go and collapse after a hard days shopping!

I don’t know about you – but my mouth is watering just reading that review! To read more about Roz’s experience pop by her blog, there are lots more scrummy photos to see! There are loads of other fab foodie articles over there...so if you've got a spare minute or two its well worth popping by!
A big thank you to Roz for sharing her afternoon tea experience and fab photos with us here at the Tea With Me And Friends afternoon tea blog!

Thanks for popping by today, we hope to see you again soon!
Rachel and Lorna

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