Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - we hope you've had a tea-riffic week! Today we are joined by the lovely Sheree who is sharing her recent afternoon tea adventure with us....
My hubby and I took his mother for a birthday afternoon tea treat at The Haymarket Hotel. Their Brumus Restaurant is bright, modern and comfortable, and the table was smartly dressed with unique crockery designed by Kit Kemp.
Included in the standard price was a choice of three teas. An extra payment allows you to choose from a selection of speciality and infusion teas, however we were happy to try the English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Second Flush Darjeeling.
The food was presented on a contrasting pink perspex cake stand. Starting with the savouries; these were lovely and varied and included the following:
Smoked salmon, cucumber and chive cream cheese on rye
Egg mayonnaise and mustard cress on granary
Buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomato and basil on grilled focaccia
Savoury choux bun with prawn, crab, chilli and coriander
Chorizo roll, herb de Provence
Upon request, the salmon was replaced with cucumber and cream cheese. We were delighted to be offered more savouries, and were tempted by extra chorizo rolls, and the mozzarella and sundried tomato focaccia. These were a nice alternative to traditional finger sandwiches and were so flavoursome.
Next came the scones - a plain and fruit scone each, accompanied by clotted cream and strawberry jam. The scones were big and plump and perfect on the inside and out. They were so good that hubby had a third scone!
Finally onto the sweets, which really excited me! They were so pretty, and I'm pleased to say they did not disappoint.
On the menu were:
Mango posset with passion fruit macaroon
Chocolate and hazelnut Battenberg
Lemon and almond financier with summer berries
Elderflower gateaux fraisier
White chocolate and violet tart
I should say that, thankfully, no sharing was necessary as we each had our own selection of sweets.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Haymarket Hotel's afternoon tea and would love to go back. The service was friendly and helpful, and catered for our dietary requirements. Oh, and they surprised my mother-in-law with a lovely birthday treat, which was the perfect touch. Doesn't she look delighted in the photo?!
Those sweets sound and look so scrummy and the description of the scones is so mouth watering (Graham - I'm impressed that you ate three scones!!). A big thank you to Sheree for sharing her latest afternoon tea with us - we always love to hear where she has enjoyed tea.
For more information about the afternoon tea at The Haymarket Hotel please visit their website.
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Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna