All posts tagged: afternoon tea

Tea at the Palace: Blenheim

A few weeks ago I went with my family to visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, and was treated to Afternoon Tea in The Orangery. There was a lot of walking involved so the treat was well worth waiting for after the walk in the grounds before tea! This grandiose palace has the distinction of being the only historic house in Britain to be named a World Heritage Site. The tickets we purchased allowed us to upgrade to an Annual Pass at no charge, excellent value if you live within an hour or so of Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, this palace is well worth a visit to discover the history behind the Dukes of Marlborough and Churchill himself. The paintings and wall murals in the state rooms are magnificent, as are the furnishings. The formal gardens are beautiful with several water features and fountains with lots of statues. I loved the display of wigs!! The gardens, grounds and lake were designed by Capability Brown and the waterfall at the end of the lake …

Lady In The Van:The Peppered Pig

Afternoon Tea in a van called Lola! Hidden away off a country lane near Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire is a place that has all the charm of a rustic barn-conversion and all the excellence of a serious player in the restaurant world. I know I’m getting straight to the point here. That’s how impressed I was. The Peppered Pig is an unpretentious, laid back, cosy, welcoming restaurant at the bottom of a gravel drive, and food fans could be forgiven for not even knowing exists. It’s in East Cowick. Sitting neatly in the corner overlooking farm fields proudly sits Lola. She is a resident VW camper van, doors invitingly open and as booked in advance of our arrival, afternoon tea was all laid out with vintage china on the table in the van. As is the protocol for afternoon tea, the bottom tier of the plated display held sandwiches, with a Yorkshire appetite in mind, made using their own in house freshly baked bread. Today’s selection included ham from Anna’s Happy Trotters …

Birkin Tea Room

Cyclists, fishing ponds and a little tea room, Birkin Tea Room fits the bill, service with a smile and a price list that won’t break the bank. We were ladies who do afternoon tea for birthday treats. This quaint little tea room in the village of Birkin, tucked right at the bottom of North Yorkshire, is a great place to stop off for afternoon tea. Serving a good variety of sandwiches, both hot and cold, great coffee and a vast array of scrumptious homemade cakes, plus several specials of the day – it’s the place to be! Birkin Tea Room were nominated as one of the “Official Team Sky” cafes’ for the recent Tour De Yorkshire Stage 2. They even provide bike racks for the numerous cyclists that visit! A nice hot chocolate must be the perfect way to warm up after a bike ride. Afternoon tea is great value, tiered plates arrive with finger sandwiches and a small quiche, a scone with clotted cream and jam, and topped off with a selection of homemade …

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. 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 …

October Food Round Up

Every month at Grey Goose Ltd is a busy one, and the very last week of October was no exception. This was one long seven day foodie experience shared with the dearest of friends. And in the middle of the week was the delight of an unexpected stay at the Nuffield hospital, a not too good an excuse to sample their food. The week started with a weekend sampling some long awaited delights of York. Firstly, a visit to The Star Inn The City which opened in 2013 on the bank of the River Ouse. They serve simple Yorkshire cooking with a taste of the countryside, and once again I was wowed by the masterpiece created by Andrew Pern. Dinner was superb and I will tell you more about the food and the friendly hospitality soon. Another spot on my much wanted to try places was afternoon tea at the Grand hotel. This sophisticated Edwardian hotel is set in the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, and was built in 1906 opposite the city …

Birthday at Bettys

There can be no better place to celebrate a 30th birthday than having afternoon tea with friends and family at Bettys in the centre of York. From the outside, Bettys is simply gorgeous. It’s grand, traditional and looks absolutely magical – and there’s always a huge queue of people outside to prove it. Today we were situated in the Belmont Room, Bettys upstairs tea room, reserved exclusively for their finest afternoon tea. There’s even a side entrance, solely for this room, just to make you feel extra special – like celebs of Afternoon Tea. The Belmont Room transports you back to an age of tradition and sophistication with gorgeous wooden panelled walls, huge beautiful windows and perfect white tablecloths and napkins. Setting the scene even more was a delightful pianist! Everything is very light and airy with honey coloured finishes and woven furniture – lovely. Getting ourselves off to a good start, we began with a glass of champagne each (or Luscombe Elderflower Bubbly for some) which went down very nicely, followed by a huge …