Exactly a year to the day yesterday I discovered and enjoyed my first afternoon tea! I know, who could believe I got to 24 without trying this idea of designing a meal time around sipping tea.
For one of my best friends Christmas/Birthday present, I took Miss Curtis to the Double Tree Hilton in Leeds, a 5 minute walk from the station and only a hop skip and a jump from one of my favorite restaurants in Leeds – Fazenda.
I booked in advance but was surprised to find only one sitting available, noon! But not to worry, we were enjoying tea and each other’s company so that’s all that matters. The Doubletree allow you to book up to 90 days in advance and I can understand why, if it’s good enough for Claridges it’s good enough for them. (Cheeky smile)
We arrived by train, with only a short walk, literally 5 minutes, and took the elevator to the 13th floor. The elevator door opened and the sound of hoovering wasn’t exactly the greeting we were expecting, along with staff rushing to clear away the breakfast selection.
We were greeted by a lovely host, sorry I didn’t get his name but of the two gentlemen hosts he was the one not wearing glasses. He showed us to our table, situated at the window.
The menu listed was priced at £19.95pp. There was the option for unlimited prosecco for a further £13pp, a standard glass at £5 or a glass of champagne for £8. It was a Sunday so as good as unlimited prosecco sounds it’s never wise when you have to get up at 6am the next morning to complete your Couch to 5K. We were celebrating though, the upcoming birthday for Curtis, so Champagne had to be consumed, if only to be pleasant if nothing else.
For those of you interested I wore my Christmas present, my orange Hermes stole with a black low drop vest dress which I overlaid with a black velvet skirt. Make up simple because I’m not one for over doing it on a Sunday.
Hannah looked beautiful as ever in a floral top and jeans teamed with over the knee boots and a leather jacket. Oh, on that, I wore a denim jacket, just in case you wondered.
And my nail varnish is Pink Pixel by Orly, which was also the nail varnish of choice for my wedding. And for those who like a good thick polish it’s amazing. A little goes a long way, and it’s great as a cover up nail polish as well as being pretty.
Back to the afternoon tea..
Once we made our selection this box of goodies arrived, slightly after the champagne which allowed us to feel not rushed.
Chloe | Curtis
Slow cooked salt beef with red onion marmalade on granary bread
“Very pleasant not sure it was granary bread tho”
Applewood smoked cheddar and apple chutney on granary malt
“I really liked it and I’m fussy”
Prawn cocktail wrap with Marie Rose sauce and baby Gem lettuce
“Surprising really good and really enjoyable, glad I got two”
Oak smoked salmon on a toasted croute and micro cress
“The worst savory option, I think it didn’t add anything-swap this please”
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Apple crumble tartlet
“I don’t like apple crumble but I like this”
“Not the best to be honest but the pastry was nice, very tart”
Triple chocolate brownie
“It’s very rich”
Famous Grouse cranachan shot glass
“I like this, not really sure what it is but I like it. Can’t taste the whiskey tho”
The Cranachan shots contain strawberries which are a big no-no for me as I’m allergic, so for this they substituted Caramel Flapjack. I was impressed they did this for me as I hadn’t forewarned them before we arrived so I didn’t anticipate getting an alternative sweet.
“Chewy and sweet-perfect combo”
“I love the sugar on top”
“Its pink inside”
Ok so let’s break this baby down;
Myself and Curtis agreed this was the best yet! But it did have some small and easily solvable niggles..I mean it would be a quick search if this was 100% perfect right!?
The Scones where massive and fruity and crumbly and pink in the middle. And the dusting of sugar on top made them extra scrummy. Plus they were still warm when they arrived so it was incredibly fresh!!
The service was impeccable-nothing was too much
The care and consideration for a Strawberry allergy
This is both a positive and a negative. Why? Well I appreciate that every Restaurant, eating establishment etc has to keep moving with the ever changing clientele, but listening to someone Hoover is never something you want while eating.
But if that hadn’t of happened the buzz and the ambience was top notch. It was casual yet sophisticated, formal yet relaxed. Like pairing a blazer and jeans. If you get my meaning
For a table for two people sipping champagne or just drinking tea the size of table would suit, but for the serve ware that comes with afternoon tea an extra few inches all the way round the circular marble table is required. There was too much shuffling of plates, and because the stand for the food sets such a presence and it’s rather large and bulky, it practically cut the table in half. But that really is my only main critique. That and you can always have more clotted cream. But given the 4 pots of tea we consumed, I can’t see an extra pot of cream would’ve been a problem.
Bravo Doubletree very impressive take on the Afternoon Tea.