Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially way to spend an afternoon, it is very British & I simply love it.
The first time that I can remember doing Afternoon Tea was about 10 years ago, I was meeting up with some of my girlfriends & one of them had suggested an Afternoon Tea in Manchester. I remember it being all so lady like, with the fine china, selection of teas, precisely cut sandwiches, warm scones & the prettiest cakes that were almost too good too eat. Since then I have tried Afternoon Tea in a number of places, some very good & others not so great, it’s not as easy as you may think to get it right an for a girl who is quite fond of this past time I think I’m quite a good judge of character.
During our stay at The Culloden Estate & Spa there were a number of things my mum & I wanted to do, Spa Day was of course on the list & I particularly had my eyes & stomach on their Champagne Afternoon Tea. Earlier in the day we had completed one of the toughest spinning classes honestly I can workout hard but I could hardly walk afterwards but I didn’t mind knowing we would be indulging in the abundance of delicious treats & champagne later in the day.
Set in the beautiful Crozier Lounge, which is so bright with the large bay windows & it’s views overlooking the stunning gardens of the Estate it’s the perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Once seated the lovely staff introduced us to Thompson’s Tea which is the specific locally sourced Irish brand that they use & there was a wide selection to pick from. Usually I stick to the traditional Breakfast Tea but instead we were talked through each of the different teas available 8 in total as well as having a smell of all the flavours used, after this I decided to go with White Tea Seduction & it went perfectly with my Afternoon Tea.
Now that we had our glass of champagne, our tea pots of loose leaf Thompson Tea we were all ready. If you have had Afternoon Tea before then you pretty much know the concept but nevertheless when you have the perfect Afternoon Tea then it doesn’t get any better.
Traditional Afternoon Tea consists of delicately cut finger sandwiches which we enjoyed with their tasty toppings, there wasn’t a crumb left on the plate. I always think the same when I have Afternoon Tea as why isn’t there even more sandwiches & it’s only afterwards that I remember, that after scones then the cakes if you can manage it, you are quite simply full & possibly need a lie down.
Scones, my favourite. Served still warm & the ideal size to add a good helping of thick double cream along with a dollop of home made jam, it’s all the perfect combination & it tasted delicious. Between my mum & I we quite happily could have stayed there all afternoon sipping our tea & enjoying the home made scones.
Now, I’m a big sweet person & the last layer of artistic, colourful mini masterpieces of cake art just looked too good to mess up. I naturally went for the macaroon but afterwards was quite simply full. But don’t panic I didn’t leave them, that would just be too unkind, the lovely staff packed them away & later in the evening when we returned after a pilates class they were in our room waiting & we enjoyed them in bed.
It was the best way to finish what had been a delicious & relaxing afternoon, when all the parts of Afternoon Tea come together it’s quite simply perfect. AA x