Did someone say afternoon tea?
If I’m completely honest I dont need any excuse go eat cake, sip tea or delve into a cool cucumber sandwich; as you know I really don’t need m much convincing!
The reality is that such a tea is something o f a legacy of the Victorian era, the British Raj in India and the ‘ra ra’s’ of the aristocracy and high society but nowadays it is having a resurgence, so much so that many Hotels and cafes are taking their own spin on tradition, one such place is Hotel Du Vin. I was privileged enough to be invited to taste their ‘version’ of traditional afternoon tea a few weeks ago.
Newly Refurbished Bistro
Hotel du Vin has recently been refurbished which included their plush new bistro. As you enter, no longer are their dark walls and traditional heavy seating instead you are met with a light airy modern French- inspired interior. It boasts huge chesterfield –style sofas which are the ideal location to sip and sip a cocktail and catch up with friends.
Although I don’t drink, the afternoon tea is catered for with bottomless champagne I had Mocktails. I’m also a vegetarian and the chef was able to re design the menu to include savouries such as goats cheese and spinach quiche, filled croissants, smoked salmon and cream cheese on rye bread- this was my favourite. The chef had catered for both vegetarian and meat eaters a-like; nothing is too much trouble for them.
Now no afternoon tea is complete without the sweet treats! Hotel du Vin’s mini treats were just as delectable as their savouries. Rhubarb and custards tarts, Black Forrest gateaux not to mentionthe perfectly spherical joys of their Tutti Fruitti Macrons; what could be more perfect? I know, their soft voluptuous scones served with miniature condiments, clotted cream AND real butter! What an utter treat, let’s face it not Afternoon tea is complete without the scone.
So, if you get chance pop into the Harrogate Hotel du Vin and check out their Afternoon Tea, you will be pleasantly surprised!
This was a press review for Hotel du Vin- the afternoon tea was complimentary. All views expressed are my own.