I spent a wonderful few hours at Bovey Castle on Thursday. Steve, Alex and myself hopped in the car and drove through the Devonshire countryside to Mortonhampstead and then a little further on to the castle.
I’ve been there a number of times before but this time seemed particularly special. I had requested afternoon tea by one of their wonderful roaring fires and boy, did they accommodate. We were ushered into the library on arrival where a table was set up for afternoon tea for the three of us. I’m so glad that in my email booking I had asked to be seated by a fire. The weather called for it.. It was grey, windy and storm Abigail was due to sweep past at any moment. Being in the dimly lit library with the roaring fire just seemed right.
After perusing the menu we decided on three champagne afternoon teas. There were other things on offer but we were in celebratory mood. It was Alex’s birthday and the champagne seemed appropriate. They had a menu completely dedicated to teas which I found rather wonderful as I am a tea fanatic as anyone who knows me will tell you. I was drawn to the Bovey blend red roses whilst Steve chose the Autumn gold blend. The rose tea was beautiful. It had a subtle scent and flavour and was special enough to set off my afternoon tea perfectly.
Being a pescatarian I asked if I could have non meat finger sandwiches which our waiter said was no problem. Soon after ordering our three tier cake stand arrived. On the bottom was a selection of finger sandwiches. The middle layer was dedicated to the most wonderful, light and airy scones. A mixture of fruit and plain and enough for two each.. Homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream was on the side to apply liberally.. I adore cream teas and do like plenty of clotted cream and jam. The top layer was a selection of miniature cakes. blueberry macaron, lemon macaron, blueberry frangipane, mini battenburg sand mini eclairs. The centre piece was an individual strawberry trifle which Steve had his eye I as soon as it arrived so Alex and I said that it was his! I did have a little spoonful to try obviously and the vanilla custard was particularly lovely and stood out for me. The macaroons were baked to perfection with just the right amount of “chew”! I know how hard they are to make so hats off to the patisserie chef.
We sat and drank our tea and champagne whilst nibbling on our sandwiches and cake. Chatting away whilst catching up on things as the winds howled outside. Before we knew it three hours had passed. I really can’t tell you where that time went. We were having such a wonderful time we lost track of time. The sign of a good time, good company and good cake!
Being in the library it felt like a private dining experience. Our waiter was attentive but not continually hounding us which in turn helped us forget the time and let us enjoy ourselves without any pressure.
I am returning to Bovey Castle in a few weeks with my friend Emma who was a little envious when I told her we were going. Hopefully the Christmas decorations will have been put up at that point. I will have to do another feature then.
I would like to visit again after Christmas and stay for a night so I can experience all the other aspects of the castle. There is a spa and swimming pool where you can pamper yourselves. Plus the restaurants to experience the fine dining. It’s definately on my “to do” list for the new year!
I would totally recommend the afternoon tea experience at Bovey Castle. From the moment you are greeted by the staff in their tweeds until you leave it is a complete pleasure. Champagne afternoon tea is priced at £35.00 per person and it couldn’t be a better way of spending your hard earned pennies. Thank you Bovey Castle for looking after us so well. I can’t wait to return!