We bought the Celebration Afternoon Tea vouchers for a friends' 70th birthday and were invited to accompany them for the celebration along with another couple. The small glass of champagne on arrival was nothing special and overpriced. It was a very warm afternoon and we were crowded into a very warm and full dining room. We ordered a selection of teas and and asked if they could be labelled, as we wished to sample the different flavours - this request was met with a grimace from the waitress! She did, however, tell us which tea it was as she put them on the table. Having enjoyed Oolong and Green teas in China it was unbelievable that these teas were made with a teabag which was left in the pot causing the tea to stew after a few minutes. When the food arrived I was lost for words - the 'delicate' sandwiches were more like doorstops with uninteresting fillings, the cakes were a small macaroon and chocolate cake plus a scone each and a strange tasting concoction in a glass. We had a small pot of cream and a small pot of jam between six. One of the party had to go searching for more cream as there was no requests to see if we required anything extra.
We first stayed and ate at Netherstowe House a few years ago and thought that it was trying for a Michelin Star as the food and service was excellent. We have bought gift vouchers for family and friends and have sung the praises of Netherstowe to others. However, this will be our last visit as apart from the experience being disappointing imagine how we felt when the recipient of our gift filled in a poor report on his questionaire. For £109.80 we expected much better!
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