This year, however, we had a newborn baby in tow and another one on the way, so we relocated to a comfy sofa in the name of Afternoon Tea.
We headed to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire - a gorgeous middle-of-nowhere venue surrounded by woods and fields.
We bustled into the warm lounge out of the freezing January cold and settled into the comfy sofas and focused on the task ahead…choosing our tea!
The selection was housed in a handcrafted maple jewellery box…
Em and I went for the special blend.
It’s called ‘highclere’ after the nearby Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.
There were two menus to chose from - and of course we wanted some of each! But the lovely team accommodated our request and brought out sandwiches from the ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ menu, and the desserts selection from the ‘Highclere Afternoon Tea’.
Of course, on a tiered plate. Well, it wouldn’t a proper afternoon tea without.
grilled aubergine, sun dried tomato puree & creamed goats cheese on tomato bread
roast beef, rocket & horseradish cream on white bread
smoked salmon & cucumber on granary bread
smoked chicken, onion mayonnaise & mature cheddar cheese on white bread
The scones were heavenly…
plain and candied orange
And the cake selection was scrumptious…
Victorian cake, bakewell tart, treacle tart, chocolate cake
Until a certain young man woke up in time for sofa cuddles!