Tea at Coombe Abbey was a most pleasurable experience. I understand that a new menu was in place and we were asked for our comments by the very attentive lady in charge. The food was first-class, with three finger sandwiches and a small bagel-all different tasty fillings, with a variety of cakes and a scone, the like of which I have never tasted before-freshly baked and still warm. This was served with cream and jam, and we were offered more if required. A lemon posset cleared the pallet, and teapots were refreshed on request. The staff were very attentive, coming past frequently to check and always with a ready smile. I simply don't understand the negative comments, although we were told that things are a bit more hectic at the weekends, as the hotel is understandably a popular wedding venue. I cannot recommend the afternoon tea too highly. My wife and I will be returning for an overnight stay in the future as the building is fully deserving of further exploration.
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