Having battled through the Christmas shoppers (and pausing to admire the Christmas lights) we arrived at the hotel, to be greeted by an eye-catching sofa in the shape of a massive pair lips! We made our way to the dramatic and glowing Long Bar, where I was treated to a sparkling strawberry cocktail.
The second tier down housed a melting mango cheesecake and a ‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge cake. The cheesecake had a rainbow patterned white chocolate surround plus a liquid centre and the cake was deliciously light and creamy.
And in case that wasn’t enough food, we also had mini quiches and four sandwiches - smoked Cumbrian ham with wholegrain mustard on sun-dried tomato bread, cucumber and chive cream cheese on spinach bread, smoked salmon and lemon butter on rye bread and egg mayonnaise with watercress on lemon bread. All were very yummy!
I’d managed to try everything, by not actually finishing anything as there was so much food on offer – an absolute joy since often I come away from an Afternoon Tea still a little peckish! Then to finish off, we visited the ‘Jelly Wonderland’ in the Courtyard Garden– not really anything more than a cake trolley with four different flavours on top – none of which were actually that nice in taste or texture!
Overall a completely delicious and eccentric indulgence and I would absolutely recommend a visit! Prices start from a very reasonable £38 per person.