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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Time for Tea.....The Chocolate Teapot

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends!

Yesterday I spent a wonderful afternoon with Claire and some of the Secret Tea Society ladies at The Chocolate Teapot, which is a lovely little tearoom in Esher. Now, if you don't know about the Secret Tea Society and you love a spot of afternoon tea you should really read more about this group of tea-crazy ladies! We meet periodically at afternoon tea events which are organised by our super tea leader Claire - the events take place mainly in Surrey, London and the surrounding areas and our membership is growing quickly! At the events we indulge our sweet tooth in afternoon tea treats, drink copious amounts of tea and have a really good natter! Take a peek at the Secret Tea Society website if you're interested in finding out more!

This tea adventure brought us to Esher in Surrey, for a wonderful afternoon of treats. The Chocolate Teapot is situated just across the road from Esher train station, and is filled with vintage china and wonderful cakes!

The Chocolate Teapot, Esher

There were seven Secret Tea Society Ladies in attendance at this afternoon tea, and we sat around one long table in the window. As we waited for everyone to arrive we looked at the tea menu, which was short but sweet. The majority of us opted for English breakfast tea, which was served in beautiful china....

The sandwiches were presented first, brought out to us on pretty glass platters. Now these were a little controversial as you will see.....

Afternoon tea sandwiches - Chocolate Teapot style

Yes....they are cut into triangles rather than dainty finger sandwiches! Now the purists amongst us might be gasping right now (I can imagine Lorna's expression!)....but let me reassure you...there was not a crust in sight and the bread was nice and fresh. The fillings were very varied and tasty and included salmon, ham, cheese and tomato, tuna and prawns - a lovely selection! I therefore think we can forgive the little triangles!

Once we had eaten rather a lot of the scrummy sandwiches our plates were swapped for clean ones and out came the scones with cream and jam, served on pretty cake stands....

The cutest scones I have ever seen!

Now, I don't know if you can see this in the photo...but these little beauties are bite sized! They are possibly the cutest (and smallest) scones I have ever seen! The small size didn't compromise the scones however, which were light and fluffy on the inside and had a lovely crunch to them. They were served with a tangy berry jam and of course clotted cream. I probably could have eaten that whole platter to myself!

Once we had enjoyed our scones the final cake stand was brought out to us....and this was definitely worth waiting for.....

Can I interest anyone in cake?

We were presented with glass cake stands full of bite sized sweet treats! The selection was quite amazing really, with something for everyone! Included on the stand was carrot cake, coffee cake, two types of lemon cake, jam tarts, battenburg and vanilla cupcakes to name just a few of the cakes!

Shall we take a closer look....

A Chocolate teapot served at the Chocolate Teapot!

Everything was fresh and tasted wonderful! It was very hard to pick a favourite! It was a delightful end to our feast.

Overall service at the Chocolate Teapot was wonderful and very attentive - our tea was replenished regularly without the need to ask and we were given lots of clean plates and cutlery as required. The interior of the tearoom was really pretty, with lots of cakes and pretty vintage china on show....

I had a wonderful afternoon here and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good afternoon tea with a vintage feel. Here I am enjoying a cup of tea with the other Secret Tea Society ladies......

Tea With Me and Friends in good company with
the Secret Tea Society!
I know at this point I normally share with you the cost of the tea, but I have a confession to make! I know that we enjoyed a bespoke afternoon tea today, but I am not sure how much the usual menu costs! I have had a look around the Internet and I think the approximate price of an afternoon tea per head is under £10 - which is great value!

For more information about the Chocolate Teapot pop by their Facebook page.

Thanks for popping by today,

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