Food & Tea, Yorkshire
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Afternoon Tea at Wood Hall

There can be few better ways to spend a Monday afternoon in Yorkshire than sharing afternoon tea with lovely friends at Wood Hall, near Wetherby.

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As we turned onto the long drive, we could just glimpse the golden stone of Wood Hall in the distance. All that separates you is acre upon acre of rolling Yorkshire countryside.

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Originally built as a country escape for the Vavasour family, Wood Hall Hotel and Spa remains a place where today’s pressures seem an age away. Ever since the house was completed in 1750, it has been a place of peace and relaxation. Even today, the house stands next door to a Carmelite monastery, home to a silent order of nuns.

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From the moment we arrived, the house felt like ours to enjoy. We stepped into the Drawing Room, felt like kicking off our shoes and curling up with a book (We did meet each other at our village book club!). But we were here to celebrate a birthday and have the signature champagne afternoon tea.

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It was served in the traditional three-tiered way, finger sandwiches on the bottom tier, freshly baked and still warm scones on the middle tier, with clotted cream and jam on the side.

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The last gorgeous tier contained a few very good cakes.

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The choice of loose leaf teas was limited but Darjeeling goes well with scones and cake.

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One of us requested a lighter option and Wood Hall staff were happy to cater for special dietary needs – no guilt felt by the other two!

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The friendly staff were quiet, polite and allowed us the pleasure of several hours of relaxing girly gossip.

Now, where shall we go next time we have a spare afternoon?

G ∼♥∼ G

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