Pure indulgence is the only way to describe the afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin our guest and I enjoyed.
Instead of being offered champagne or a gin from the menu, Rory, the bartender came to talk to us about about what flavours that we liked before making us some specially made cocktails – Gin with elderflower and a Whisky, Orgeat (almond flavour) with Angostura Bitter. I personally liked the clean, sweet taste with a hint of apple of the Gin with elderflower and my guest liked both of them saying “there’s a strong taste of the Angostura Bitter in the whisky one which gives it real depth.”
Our first course of savouries were then presented and included a goats cheese and spinach quiche, a tomato and tapenade galette, a salmon and cream cheese mini bagel, an egg mayonnaise mini brioche and a ham and gruyere cheese mini croissant. We particularly liked the beautifully light and tasty goats cheese and spinach quiche and the unusual, delicious tomato and tapanade galette. The savoury selection was lovely surprise and a great alternative to the more traditional sandwiches which we were expecting.
Before our second course of sweet dishes arrived, we were invited to chose our teas from the Twinnings infusion range. I chose Passion Fruit Ceylon tea and my guest chose the classic Earl Grey tea.
Our sweets and scones arrived on a beautiful two tiered cake stand with the wow factor of strawberry candy floss on the top. On the trays were rhubarb and custard doughnuts, lemon meringue tarts, raspberry and chocolate teacakes, scones with jam and clotted cream on the side and a cute miniature Knickerbocker Glory. I started with the Knickerbock Glory which was perfect for cleansing the palette as the base was a superb tart lemon and lime sorbet. As a sweets person, I just loved all the flavours on offer. The lemon meringue tart had the perfect balance of tart from the lemon and sweet from the meringue. The doughnuts were filled with just the right amount of filling and the chocolate teacakes just melted in the mouth. I didn’t have room for the scones but my guest said they were excellent too.
Afernoon Tea is priced at £20 (cocktails, champagne or gin are extra) and is available from 12-6pm. A Cream Tea is also available priced at £8.50 which includes a selection of warm scones, served with a mixture of Bonne Maman jams and clotted cream with a choice of teas.
To book, call (0)1491 848400