Took my Mum as a treat for afternoon tea following two good experiences last year.
The staff were very pleasant and attentive and the surroundings very nice, although it could have been a bit warmer, but it was a very cold day.
We ordered the champagne afternoon tea and were served finger sandwiches (no crusts), smoked salmon, ham and mustard and cheese and pickle which were nice and fresh. There were also 2 scones and clotted cream a carrot cakes and a chocolate éclair each. Plenty to eat. The champagne was OK, not sure what brand they use as it came poured, not the best I've ever had, but by no means the worst. The scones were a disappointment whilst warm they were doughy and slightly hard on the outside as if they had been microwaved, lovely genuine clotted cream though and a choice of mini jam pots. The carrot cake was nice except for being a bit cold and the chocolate éclair was pretty bland and also extremely cold (just out of the freezer?). The pot of tea was nice.
Overall not the experience I was hoping for. My first visit for afternoon tea last July with a group of friends really was outstanding and my second, later in the year with another group was also good, however this one didn't leave me thinking I must go back again soon. I hope this was just an off day (they were quite busy) and they can bring their standards back up to where they were, as it is nice to have somewhere like this locally for a girly treat.
Probably a 3 and a half rating but made it a 4 for the good service, which is always a bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury 4 star hotel offers 163 en suite rooms in the heart of Sheffield. Just minutes from the railway station, Crucible and Lyceum Theatres and Hallam University. Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Arena, Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Chatsworth House and Peak District are all a short drive away. 650 capacity conference centre and banqueting rooms, The Yard restaurant, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, snail shower, ice fountain and technogym. High speed Internet access and 24hr room service. ... more less
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