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“Lovely afternoon tea”
Review of The Black Lion

The Black Lion
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Ranked #9 of 17 Restaurants in Long Melford
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I had afternoon tea here yesterday and just wanted to update previous details. No sandwiches, but we were served 4 large, fresh scones with cream, coulis and jams from Tiptree Jams (Wilkins & Co). It was lovely.
Fresh teas and coffees in china cups etc.

We then also had dinner here in the Bar restaurant and could not fault the 6-course tasting menu at all for freshness or quality. A little pricey if you were to pay £65 for each (we didn't - as part of our DB&B package) but do feel at ease to eat here and the quality was excellent.

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Thank AndyBee
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

On a hot and sunny August afternoon we made our 3rd visit to the Black Lion for Afternoon Tea. We have enjoyed every visit, and amazingly they are very dog friendly! We sat in the pretty courtyard at the back (such a pity about the generator/air con noise!), but nothing could spoil the delightful, well presented tea. The scones were tall, light and warm, the clotted cream plentiful and as for the "jam" - amazing fruity, berry-filled delight! Scrummmeeee!! from Long Melford's biggest fan!! x

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1  Thank NorthandSouthDivide
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My husband booked this meal as a surprise for my 50th Birthday and it was excellent. The staff were really attentive and friendly, the food was superb and beautifully presented and the whole ambiance of the restaurant was relaxing. It made my birthday really special.

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Thank Julie D
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Avoid a cream tea here at all costs. We were served 2 small scones each. Not fresh (unforgivable) but worse than that, not even home made. Looked and tasted exactly like a tesco packet scone (and not even finest range!). Worse still, they'd obviously been microwaved to make them appear fresh out the oven...a tip to the hotel...the condensation you get from microwaving baked goods is a big give-away. Plus, the soggy bottoms are just vile - please try and eat one yourself. You won't serve them to paying customers again. Then, the jam...was it jam? I'm still unsure. It was runny and had fruit. But it wasn't jam in the traditional sense. If you'd like to add the innards of a summer pudding to your soggy packet scone, then you've hit the jackpot here. If, however, you want jam you recognise as jam then you'll have to console yourself with a teeny tiny jar (we had to beg for more teeny tiny jars as we couldn't stomach the pudding fruit 'jam' at all). Then the tea. An integral part of the experience. Not so here. Cheap liptons tea bags were on offer. I felt like I'd gone back in time to a continental cafe circa 1998. Not on. Hot water had to be asked for and was minuscule. Tea was virtually undrinkable to one in our party because it was so strong. And the price...£7.50 each. Value? No. Not when the drinks are undrinkable and the food inedible. True, it wasn't £10 each but I'd have been embarrassed as a hotel dishing up what they served to us and actually charging people!! For a supposedly quality hotel I was pretty shocked. The only 'good' point. There was lashings and lashings of clotted cream. But what do you spread it on or wash it down with?
Finally, the maitre'd/barman/waiter. Too over-familiar and sarcastic. Not a particularly welcoming combo and another reason to give this place a very, very wide bearth in future. You have been warned. Try tiffin's instead (further into town...amazing!).

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1  Thank CocoaBelle
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Top food and service… cant wait to go back!!! As good as any we've ever had in the West End… and the breakfast was the best you would be hard to beat anywhere!!!

1  Thank K4RTC
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