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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last gorgeous tier contained a few very good cakes.
The choice of loose leaf teas was limited but Darjeeling goes well with scones and cake.
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!
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?
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