Welcome back to another afternoon tea post from Tea With Me and Friends. Now as some of our readers know, although Lorna and I enjoy a lot of afternoon teas in hotel lounges across London, we also like to support local tearooms.
Recently I visited one such tearoom with Sheree - Cassandras Cup in Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire. I had heard about Cassandras on the Internet and really wanted to try this tearoom as it's about a twenty minute drive from my home in Farnham.
Cassandra’s Cup is a traditional English tea room, which offers a good range of traditional and speciality teas and coffees as well as scones, home-made cakes, light snacks, home-cooked meals and afternoon tea. The signs looked very promising as we entered this cute looking tearoom.....
|An impressive teacup collection at Cassandra's Cup|
Yes, that's a vast collection of vintage teacups hanging from the ceiling!
Now, I know this might be very surprising given the nature of this blog.....but we opted not to sample afternoon tea on this visit! Both Sheree and I decided to opt for sandwiches followed by a slice of homemade cake - all washed down with a pot of tea!
Cassandra's Cup pride's itself on using local produce where ever possible, and also offers gluten free items on the menu.
I opted for the prawn sandwich and Sheree went with egg mayonnaise.....
|Sandwiches at Cassandra's Cup|
Can you see Sheree waiting patiently in the background of the photo - she was quite hungry by this point and wanted her sandwich!
As you'll see from the photo our tea was served in plain white china teacups which were very modern. Considering the feel of the tearoom and all those vintage teacups hanging above my head, I was a little disappointed. However, the tea was of good quality and we were given extra hot water.
The sandwiches themselves were tasty and fresh, and I enjoyed the side salad (although it was a little oily for me).
Once we had eaten our sandwiches we decided to pick our cake from the selection on the dresser.....
There was a good selection of cakes and tray bakes on offer. Sheree went for the traditional Victoria sponge cake and I picked the carrot cake....
|Victoria Sponge - Cassandra's Cup, Hampshire|
Cassandra's Cup, Hampshire
The slices given were a good size and both cakes were fresh. Sheree commented that her Victoria sponge was very light. My carrot cake was well spiced and moist, with just the right amount of icing.
Our total bill for this meal came to just under £25.00 for both of us, which was OK as the cakes were very good and we left feeling full. However, I think the sandwiches were a little expensive - my prawns were £6.95.
For more information about Cassandra's Cup please visit their website, you can also see their full menu there. I would like to go back to sample their afternoon tea at some point in the future.
|Can you spot Cassandra's Cup - situated behind Sheree!|
The village of Chawton is a beautiful village and Cassandra's Cup is situated opposite Jane Austen’s House Museum, and would make a lovely stop after visiting the museum.
Do you have a local tearoom that you'd like to tell us about - if so please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!
Thank you for popping by today,