It was a really warm Sunday afternoon when a large group of us met up for afternoon tea. I had phoned ahead, as I am very limited in what I can eat, to make sure that they would be prepared for my visit.
On the Sunday afternoon it all looks really lovely as you go into the room. Silver tea pots, hot water jugs etc, but it was quite disappointing.
My sandwiches came separately - fine. It took me three times of asking to find out what they had put on the sandwiches. I had suggested that they make me egg mayonnaise and cucumber sandwiches, all very plain and easy, but I got cucumber and I think it was salmon, but this was a little dubious; and also cucumber and hummus - I do not like hummus! There were two other sandwiches which were on some other bread that was so hard it was virtually impossible to cut through -apparently they had chia seeds and I am not sure what else on. Disappointing to say the least.
On to the "cake" part. There had been cakes on the stand when we went in. Obviously I couldn't eat the cheese, as I am allergic to it, so took a piece of the fruit cake...I am not sure how long it had been out on the cake stand for, but it was hard, probably due to the fact that it was a really warm afternoon. The other cake I had was about a one inch square of I presume a millionaire shortbread, which obviously melted as soon as you touched it - but that was quite nice. The scones were nice too, as they didn't suffer for being left out in the warm room.
We were served a cup of tea when we first went in, which was OK, but later when we asked for more it took several times of asking, and when it did come it was only tepid and the contents of the hot water jug only just warm.
I felt disappointed that I had bothered to call and speak to them regarding my dietary requirements when they clearly had not bothered to listen to my requests. If the group I was with suggest going there again for Afternoon Tea I will decline as I do not think it was value for money, nor a lovely experience.
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