Monday, August 27, 2012

Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms

Ages ago, Wilson bought a voucher for us to have High Tea together, as it's something I've always wanted to do. I have hosted tea parties before (formal and informal), which is tons of fun, and have gone to a Victorian Tea Room (also a great experience), but this was my first time having High Tea with Wilson. Definitely something I'd love to do again! :) Here are some photo highlights of our lovely afternoon... Enjoy! xx

The gorgeous entrance to the Windsor Arms Hotel

This was the doorway into our section of the tea room. The curtains made it feel
really private and exclusive (although it was hardly exclusive if we were there!)

Afternoon Tea menu

The tables were set with crisp white linen, beautiful butterfly-patterned china edged in gold,
and individual strainers to keep the tea leaves from getting into the cups.
We each got to choose a loose leaf tea from their extensive menu for our own individual
 pots of tea - we tried passionfruit green tea and rose-scented earl grey. 

The spread: two kinds of scones (lemon and currant)
with devon cream and preserves, tiny sandwiches (which were
 yummy, if a little soggy), and an assortment of petit fours
Lemon scone with devon cream (YESSS!!!) and
house-made strawberry preserves (delish!)
My favourite bite: tiny grilled chicken
sandwich with citrus mayonnaise, granny
smith apple, Greek yogurt, and chives
My other favourite: goat cheese and caramelized shallot tart

Here, Wilson demonstrates the proper tea-sipping technique

Stuffed! (Our tea was surprisingly filling - in my case, I was already feeling full
before we finished the sandwiches. Must be all that liquid!!)

My Early Grey Tea with Roses was served in a rose-covered teapot, so sweet

Outside the hotel, after our luxurious High Tea experience

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