Monday, 8 July 2013

Afternoon Tea for Two


If you hadn’t heard, I LOVE Afternoon Tea, or at least the very concept of it as in fact I have never been... until now. Many small town cafes offer ‘Afternoon tea’ but let’s be honest its more about the experience on the whole that truly makes Afternoon tea, so I’d been saving my first time for somewhere special. Somewhere that would be filled with romantic notions of a time gone by. Somewhere that was classic, and refined.

I also love Twitter- a not so time gone by. So of course I happened to follow a great blog on Twitter- The Afternoon Tea Club. One day while casual browsing my news feed I saw they were running a competition for Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at Crewe Hall. Well I was straight in there like a hawk. Weeks later, low and behold I won!

So I decided to treat my bestie for an afternoon of pure indulgence.  

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And wasn’t it just! Crewe Hall is simply a feast for the eyes in itself let alone the belly! A Grade 1 listed mansion dating back to the 1600’s. “It’s just like Downton Abbey” Nessa cried!

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Inside was just as breathtaking. Gilded walls and decadent soft furnishings decorated every single room. We were shown into the Sheridan Lounge and were seated at a low table by the fire. 

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After settling in, we got down to business, as lets by honest here, while setting is of course a great deal, the tea and treats are what we really come for.

On offer was a vast selection of 12 different teas, from the oriental to the floral.  Guiltily after having for so long wanted to come for Afternoon Tea, I hadn’t properly prepared, and had no idea where to start! So I plumped for cinnamon and ginger to begin, while Nessa went for Blackcurrant and Lavender. 

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They arrived in the quaintest tea pots, and even came with their own timers for optimum brewing time!

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However soon my eyes were diverted to the towering tea stand that arrived at our table.

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Oh. Baby!

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We started with a selection of delectable English Sandwiches, followed by warm plain and current scones, clotted cream and the freshest fruit preserve. 

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Finally we moved (or should I say rolled) onto the cakes and pastries. Carrot cake, rich chocolate and orange tart, macaroons and the surprise of the day, while chocolate and champagne sponge. 

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We of course changed teas regularly threw out, opting for traditional blends such as Assam, to the not to traditional of Jasmine Pearls.

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Finally to finish off the afternoon off we sipped contently on freshly popped champagne, whilst soaking in the atmosphere.

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Never have I felt so well treated and looked after. It was a truly luxury experience and defiantly a well deserved treat after 4 long years of university. I think now I may have a taste for the high life, lady who lunches? Yes, I think I could get used to that!

If you want to find out more, I’ve popped Crewe Halls link here, and of course a huge thank you to The Afternoon Tea Club! Follow their blog, it’s good enough to eat!

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24 comments

  1. I love afternoon tea. I had a fabulous one when I went to a hall in Northumberland with my bf. I love the tea pot they gave you.

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    1. I know, I wanted to try every tea, just to get a different pot! x

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  2. I enjoy tea and this tea time its so sophisticated and such elegance great place. Here its my link for twitter if you like to follow cupcake50jh, I will follow back.
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  3. lovely post! all of those pastry is making me hungry!
    Feel free to check out my blog (click) and maybe we can follow each other? (: xx

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  4. Awh, this seems so lovely! I've never been for proper Afternoon Tea, but I've always wanted to go!

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  5. Such lovely photos -- looks delicious!

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  6. Oh my goodness, this looks fabulous! I wish I could join y'all!

    xx Kait | ChickadeeSays | ChickadeeSays Bloglovin

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    1. You will have to make a trip to us in ol' blighty! :) xx

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  7. This looks like such a classy place to visit because the decor is so beautiful! Looks like you had a great time :)

    xoxo -B ♡
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    1. I had to use my 'sophisticated voice'. I don't think I've ever whispered so much in one afternoon! x

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  8. Goodness this place is beautiful!
    Looks like such a lovely and pretty afternoon tea!
    Definitely craving some tea and cake now!
    :)

    xx

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  9. Wow!! This place is soooo beautiful!!

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    Brittany, xx

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  10. omg it look amazing!hope you enjoyed it :)

    victoriasanusi

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  11. What a cool looking place, the perfect setting for "tea"!
    Looks like you had an amazing time and those treats look so delicious.

    Pia
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  12. Wow, looks so lovely! The food looks delicious, it's making me hungry! x
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  13. How fancy ;)

    Kind of random, but I looooove your eyebrows! Perfection!

    Sarah
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    1. Oh thank you! I loved this comment, as my eyebrows are a big thing for me. I know big brows aren't to everyones taste but I look silly with thin eyebrows, I know, I've had them before. Plus, I actually suffer from trichotillomania and I pull out my eyebrows when stressed so getting them to look nice is a battle! So thanks! :D x

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  14. this looks absolutely divine! i am itching to go to an afternoon tea now :)

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    1. I'm itching to go back! If you get the chance, do go. x

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  15. The food and drink looks mouth watering! Looks like you had an amazing time!
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  16. Your afternoon seems exquisite <3 Emily

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  17. Your afternoon seems exquisite <3 Emily

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  18. This looks stunning! We went to York last week and went to Betty's tea rooms, highly recommended!
    Kirsty x

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  19. Mmmm all looks so yummy. I used to live in Crewe! Only live 20 minutes away now :)
    xx

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