Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel - Bath
I've never considered sitting down to an afternoon tea in winter, as I always associate cream teas with warm summers days. However, when I recently visited The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, my dining partner and I decided to throw the rule book out the window and enjoy an afternoon tea experience extravaganza! Delicious finger sandwiches, tasty tartlets and macarons fashioned into cute christmas trees, all washed down with a glass of bubbly? Yes, yes, yes! A pre-Christmas treat fit for kings! The big day is just over a week away, but there is definitely still time to indulge yourself after a busy morning of Christmas shopping or wrapping presents (for those more organised than I!)...
First things first, a piping hot cuppa is just what you'll need after all that shopping! The menu offers a wonderful selection of fine 'Ronnefeldt Teas,' which have been sourced from some of the most famous tea growing areas in the world. I started with a light and floral 'Earl Grey - Flavoured Black Tea, India TGFOP,' and then finished with a sweet and fruity 'Granny’s Garden - Fruit Infusion.'
There are four afternoon tea menus to choose from, including a vegetarian option. We opted for 'The Elizabeth Montagu Afternoon Tea.' (£34 per person, or, upgrade to a glass of specially selected Champagne for £42).
Although not the cheapest way to while away an afternoon, 'tis the season, and, in my mind, a great excuse to indulge a little more than usual. Our tower of tantalisingly tasty treats appeared, and, it was all eyes on the savoury bites that were to be sampled first.
A smooth and creamy duck liver pate, piped to perfection, topped with orange rind, chopped chives and black sesame seeds.
A Bath chaps beignet with a delicate garnish...
A yummy tart of truffled brie, ham, onion and grape.
Caught in the moment of enjoying all of the mouth-watering savoury bites, I forgot to photograph each of the sandwiches! Alas, here is one we happily feasted on; roast beef, English mustard mayonnaise and watercress...
The star of the show, and always the bit I look forward to the most; homemade scones, and, as we are in Bath, we of course were treated to homemade Bath buns too!
You simply can't enjoy a scone without a really generous helping of clotted cream, followed by a great dollop of strawberry jam. As well as the clotted cream and jam, we slathered cinnamon butter onto our Bath buns. A wonderful festive twist which we fully appreciated!
The finale to our afternoon tea experience left us feeling fabulously festive.
Seasonal cakes and patisseries galore, all beautifully executed. A word of warning though, definitely skip lunch before you visit, as you'll be surprised by how filling the savoury bites and sweet treats are. We popped over to The Royal Crescent Hotel mid-afternoon, around 3pm, which I think was the perfect time to wind down after a busy morning. For all the details you need regarding booking a table, head over here.