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parTea #14 The Savoy

The next big one for us was at the Savoy, another bday gift for us from our Mum for our birthday. So since I now have knowledge of my intolerances I informed The Savoy of this in advance and they were happy to pass my details on to the chef and were able to accommodate me. I was really excited to see what they were going to do for me.

On arrival we were asked to leave our coats in the cloakroom (I know, posh right?!), we popped to the ladies and at 1 oโ€™clock we were seen to our table. The room was set out lovely, a piano in the middle and the tables spread out in a spacious manor around the large room. We could talk openly without any concerns for others being able to hear our conversation (always good when having a long overdue catch up with your sister). We were given a tea menu with plenty of choices available, however playing it safe we both went for the peppermint leaf tea which came out quickly and was poured for us by the waitress.

It took a little longer for our food to come out due to them having to cook my dairy free scones from fresh and when the food was brought out to us the waitress explained what was in each of our sandwiches. I had turkey, a roasted vegetable in a coronation sauce, red pepper with hummus (my favourite), cucumber and tomato. I had two dairy free scones one was fruit and the other plain and I was also provided with some coconut cream – omg this was delicious! My sister had ham, smoked salmon with a lemon dressing, coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise and cucumber with cream cheese. She also had a fruit and a plain scone along wih some clotted cream, lemon curd and we had some strawberry jam to share.

When it come to the cakes I was really intrigued as to what I would be served up with. I was a bit concerned when a couple of them had chocolate on them but I was actually really quite full so went for the sponge with raspberry and blueberries with coconut cream on top. This was very tasty and the best cake I have since being aware of my intolerances. I decided to stay safe and not have the chocolate looking ones although in fairness I was too full anyway. My sister got to choose from a variey of cakes and she went for the Battenberg cake, a profiterole type cake and a mandarin biscuit based cake. Apparently the battenberg cake was spot on, however the others were a little bit too rich for her which is just down to personal preference. She also had a taste of one of my chocolate looking cakes which turns out may not have been chocolate but could well have been an alternative – who knows.

We felt the atmosphere here was lovely, we didnโ€™t feel out of place in anyway, the piano playing really set the scene and the waitresses, waiters and chef all did amazing jobs at making us feel welcome. I think this one really raises the bar to a 10 or of 10, itโ€™s going to be a tough one to beat!



Bluebell Tearooms Danbury

For my Nanโ€™s Christmas treat, we have taken her on a couple of afternoon teaโ€™s throughout the year โ€“ her first was at Braxted Bakery which you can read about here and this weekend we took her to Bluebell Tearooms in Danbury.  My sister and I have been here before which I wrote about earlier in the year and marked at an 8/10 โ€“ I have re-read this review to bring back fresh memories of the day.

Unfortunately this time I was unable to have the afternoon tea due to my intolerances ๐Ÿ™„ so I came along and had something off the main menu. I played it safe with a jacket potato and beans with a side salad (no dressing), although there were other options available on the menu โ€“ sandwiches, quiche, soup etc. none would be suitable for me.  I did spot a sign offering gluten free options so if this is something you require it is worth a visit.  My jacket spud was a great size and I enjoyed it, however I do have to say the afternoon tea looked delicious and it wasnโ€™t easy watching my sister and Nan munch their way through it ๐Ÿคค.  They were given the option to choose 3 fillings for their sarnies which I think is a great idea to be sure you are given something that you enjoy, I donโ€™t recall having this option previously so I see this as an improvement.   A fruit scone was on the next tier, one each and no option of having this heated although that didnโ€™t seem like a problem for either my Nan or Sister who managed to get this down them in record time.  I guess they had concerns over my jealous stares and felt they had to get it in them before I tried grabbing it from their hands ๐Ÿ˜‘.  Now the cakes, my god the cakes โ€“ they looked unbelievably tasty and the improvement on last time was not only that the macaroon was chocolate but also there was a cake each!!  Of my 3 favourite types of cake, chocolate brownie, lemon slice and a Victoria sponge.  This afternoon tea looked amazing, I am not sure if this is down to the fact I couldnโ€™t eat it and I always want what I canโ€™t have but it looked better and smelt nicer than any afternoon tea I can remember ๐Ÿ˜‚.  After discussing this with my sister we have agreed the improvements made from our previous visit deserve a half a point increase to an 8.5/10.  My Nan particularly enjoyed the ambiance of this tearoom and loved the way the table was decorated.


Mum’s Afternoon Tea

Inspired by our numerous afternoon teas out my mum arranged to do myself, my sister, my Nan and her two sisters (Aunty Shirley and Janet) a homemade afternoon tea.  I was very much looking forward to this until I had the news that I would be unable to eat the majority (all) of the foods included within an afternoon tea.  So, I took my own lunch round and watched the family enjoy a very lovely looking afternoon tea โ€“not able to rate this one myself I have conferred with my sister for the grading.

The table was set very nicely, just like a tea room with a pretty table cloth and the sandwiches and cakes were set out on special afternoon tea plates.  Flowers were presented in the middle of the table inside a cardboard tea pot which I thought was a nice touch.  The sandwiches were filled with a great selection of prawns, egg mayo, ham and cheese with an onion chutney and were crust less and cut into cute triangles.  Next up was the scones, now โ€“ these werenโ€™t homemade or warmed up but they were from the local bakers and not only did they look delicious but they were also a great size.  A large pot of cream was provided with Tiptree strawberry jam, a discussion took place regarding how this should be put on the scones and although we all know which way is the correct way, the outcome was pretty split.  Prosecco was served whilst the afternoon tea was being enjoyed and this seemed to go down really well with everyone.  The cakes were bought out on a tiered cake stand all looking yummy โ€“ a selection of butterfly cakes and cupcakes all in different flavours ranging from chocolate to strawberry and vanilla and a slice of carrot cake was also available (these were all purchased from M&S).

In between the cakes my mum had placed a variety of chocolates and some grapes and strawberries which looked great and I thought it was a nice idea to have these to break the cakes up a bit.  I have to say I thought the presentation was really good so this began the marking off at a high level, my sister was very pleased with everything provided and it all tasted great.  I think the only things that I could mark down here is that the scones werenโ€™t warmed up (we all know this makes a difference) and the cakes werenโ€™t homemade and therefore we will grade this at 9/10, maybe mum can do this next time to get full marks.


Tiptree Tea Rooms (Wilkins)

After my Nan had received vouchers for afternoon tea at (as it turns out) Tiptree Tea rooms (not Perrywoods after all….๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) for Christmas we had arranged to go as a foursome.  My sister and I were going to join my Nan and her sister Auntie Shirley, it had been arranged for weeks and although we couldn’t book we had decided we would turn up at about 3 in the hope that the lunch time rush would have left.  Now, unfortunately I was unable to go due to IBS issues ๐Ÿ˜” (I am doing my best not to let this disrupt my afternoon teaing so rest assured I will be back on form as soon as possible).  However, I have asked both my sister and my Nan for their opinion on the afternoon tea and although we are unable to grade it as the rules state that both me and my sister have to be present (there’s no rule book, I am making these up as I go along ๐Ÿ˜), please keep reading for a write up from their views.

Myself and my sister have been here before, you can read our review on it here, we had marked it at a 6.5/10.  So, when I asked my sister what she thought her first words were โ€˜I think we were generous with the mark we gave it beforeโ€™.  Although there was nothing wrong with the afternoon tea here, she just expected more especially from a proper tearoom.  Not being able to book meant there was about a half hour wait and to be honest this is never a good start, I donโ€™t really know the reason behind not allowing bookings especially when you have vouchers โ€“ Iโ€™d have thought it would make things easier.  Perhaps we have now been spoilt with some of the afternoon teas we have had, with this being only our second one on the score sheet we didnโ€™t have much to compare it to.  We were not keen on the fact we only got the one sandwich filling each previously and again we still feel this doesnโ€™t reflect a true afternoon tea although it could be argued that at least you will know you like the flavour you have chosen.  After having the choice of jam flavours (all Tiptree) presented to us at Perrywoods you would kind of expect this same option at a Wilkins tearoom, especially this one in Tiptree.  Although the strawberry and champagne one they were all given was very nice it would have been good to have had a choice.  Now, we both enjoy our scones warmed up so itโ€™s always a little disappointing when this is not the case although it doesnโ€™t take long for us to come to terms with this.  It hits a lot harder when you only get 2 cakes each AND to top it off they were all different flavours so you had to choose the 2 you want.  Quite frankly this can, and more than likely has in the past or will in the future cause arguments.

My Nan fully enjoyed her afternoon out โ€“ both her and Auntie Shirley had a lovely time and thought the ham they had chosen as their sandwich filling was delicious.  Nan did feel it would be much better if they could have booked in for this afternoon tea because the wait wasn’t ideal although, luckily there was some seating available.

I donโ€™t think we would ever say not to go here for an afternoon tea, its pleasant and tasty โ€“ it just doesnโ€™t match up to some of the others we have been to.  I would however, tell you to go here for a cuppa and a cake โ€“ even a sarnie, the menu looks great and I donโ€™t know anyone who hasnโ€™t enjoyed eating in any of the Tiptree tearooms.