Based on a review on Tripadvisor, my mom and I went for afternoon tea at the Rothay Manor Hotel. I have been to many places for afternoon tea but this was probably the poorest. The buffet with sandwiches was a tray with sandwiches on the side scruffily covered with cling film, a few unappealing slices of pork pie on a plate. Hidden in a salad server were some small pastries that were soggy pastry bases with cream (no fruit on top) and did not look fresh. The cakes themselves were ok but again, nothing special - a fruitloaf, an apple sponge, and then a tray of cold scones with cream rather than clotted cream. The buffet was also not well attended and ran out of jam twice in the hour we were there. Although the setting of the buffet in the dining/tea room was lovely, we were asked to sit in the salon and that just didn't work.
For the price they charge you are better off going into one of the many excellent cafes in Ambleside and for a couple of pounds more you can have tea in a michelin star restaurant in Troutbeck.
I will definitely not recommend this for afternoon tea to anyone, and wish I had taken my mom elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining, recently awarded 4 stars by the AA, offers a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere in a luxury country house setting. There are 19 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, spacious comfortable lounges, award-winning 2 AA rosette fine dining restaurant and outstanding service. Open for Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner every day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rothay Manor Hotel Ambleside, Lake District