I took a trip back to Boringdon Hall recently to sample their new afternoon tea selection. The new improved Traditional Afternoon Tea which now can be taken with a Laurent-Perrier champagne flight and their popular monthly themed afternoon tea. This month Winnie The Pooh and his friends took centre stage.
Sarah and I decided to order one of each. My eye was caught by the Traditional tea and hers by Winnie The Pooh. With the addition of a champagne flight to compliment for an additional £12 how could we not take them up on the offer? Although the champagne flight was designed to compliment the flavours of the Traditional Afternoon Tea our waiter assured us that it would sit just as well alongside the themed tea also.
Tea ordered from the extensive list and presented to the table with a little egg timer to carefully monitor the correct brewing time, Sarah and I sat back and took in our surroundings. We were seated next to the impressive fireplace in the great hall. Unlit on this mild September afternoon but we could just imagine the presence of a roaring fire would be most welcome on a chilly winters afternoon.
First out from the kitchen were the savouries. I had opted for a vegetarian selection. On a previous visit earlier in the year the vegetarian savoury selection was limited and dare I say boring but I am pleased to add that many improvements had been made. Generic cucumber sandwiches a plenty had been replaced by a celeriac remoulade blini, a sunblush tomato and olive mini wrap, a vegetable tart, a vegetarian mini sausage roll as well as finger sandwiches.
Sarah’s Winnie The Pooh themed tea came with honey ham sandwiches, ‘Eyeore’ sticks (breadsticks) served in a little jar with pretty pink hummus, ‘Rabbits’ vegetable tart and a chicken caesar vol-au-vent.
Next came our sweet treats served beautifully on a three tier cake stand. My Traditional Tea on one and Sarah’s Winnie The Pooh tea on another. My cake stand was adorned with scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream as well as a pistachio and raspberry macaron, hazelnut tiffin with praline crémeux and a St Clements tart. Sarah’s cake stand also had scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam but the other sweet treats took on the Winnie The Pooh theme. The first being honey carrot cake served in a honey pot followed by Winnie The Pooh and Piglet cookies, ‘Rabbits Vegetable patch’ brownie and a ‘Tigger’ macaron which took on the flavours of chocolate orange.
Both Sarah and I agreed the cakes were in the most part tasty with her ‘Tigger’ macaron being the star of the show. My St Clements tart was also very good. Unfortunately my pistachio and raspberry macaron didn’t quite have the same wow factor. In fact, it didn’t really taste of anything much which was a real let down although texturally it was baked very well. I also thought that the scones were a little doughy. I prefer mine a little more short but of course this is a personal preference.
The Laurent-Perrier champagne flight was a lovely touch and the tasting notes provided were very helpful. My St Clements tart was paired alongside the Laurent-Perrier Harmony, the pistachio and raspberry macaron with the Laurent Perrier Rosé and the Gateaux Opera and hazelnut tiffin were paired with the Laurent-Perrier Brut. To be honest, I initially tried each of the small cakes with their champagne counterpart but after the first tasting I sort of mixed and matched them! They all seem to work well together to me. Having the excitement of the bubbles alongside the cakes made the afternoon tea experience just that little bit more special.
After our tea Sarah and I took a short stroll around the grounds. Boringdon Hall really does look spectacular come rain or shine so it was something I felt strongly about doing. I should imagine many people might head straight in on the way there and straight out on the way home but you really should take time to take in the beauty of Boringdon Hall.
Disclaimer: I was asked by Boringdon Hall to visit. I was not paid for this post and all the views are my own as always.