Emma

by Emma

As a long-time Northamptonshire local, there aren’t many places in the county that I haven’t sampled afternoon tea at (or at least added to the ‘to do’ list). So it won’t surprise you to hear that I have indulged in afternoon tea at the beautiful stately home hotel, Fawsley Hall, on several previous occasions.

Every time I visited my sweet tooth hasn’t allowed me to steer clear of the traditional afternoon tea on offer there. And I can say, it comes highly recommended. But each time I have visited my head has been turned by their savoury afternoon tea.

Well, when I visited more recently for a friend’s birthday treat I had already resolved I wouldn’t let it slip through my fingers so easily…

Eating out, afternoon tea, restaurants in Northamptonshire, Fawsley Hall hotel, via Year of the Yes

The beauty of a savoury afternoon tea is that it treads a delicate balance between canapés and tapas – two of my favourite things. For just a few mouthfuls you can delight your senses with lots of different flavours.

Don’t get me wrong, the cake is the main part of my obsession with afternoon tea, so I did miss its absence slightly when devouring its savoury counterpart. But what I DID get, more than made up for it.

Savoury afternoon tea, Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire, via Year of the Yes

First up was some delicious mini bagels, with salted beef, gherkins, rocket and mustard. As one of my favourite sandwich combinations, I already knew this was a sure fire winner for me! And it did not disappoint. The bagels were soft, the mustard delicate and not too tangy… It was the perfect start to the mini-feast.

Savoury afternoon tea, Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire, via Year of the Yes

Next up was a tasty bacon and cream cheese muffin. I wasn’t sure that this was going to be my thing, but the salty taste of the bacon and the creaminess of the cheese perfectly complimented the slightly sweet muffin taste.

Savoury afternoon tea, Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire, via Year of the Yes

Smoked salmon on rye bread was a delicate interval before the main event, the cheese scone complete with pate and chutney.

Savoury afternoon tea, Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire, via Year of the Yes

It was completely out of this world. Thoroughly satisfying, beautifully put together with an array of different flavours and a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.

All that was missing was a little sweet fancy at the end to balance things up. In case you were wondering about the traditional afternoon tea, and just to prove it looks just as tantalising:

Savoury afternoon tea, Fawsley Hall Northamptonshire, via Year of the Yes

But I have to say I am a convert. Never again will I be able to return to Fawsley Hall without sampling this sensational savoury treat. I urge you to head on over and try it! If you can’t forgo the sweet treat, why not go with a friend and have one each so that you can share the full array of deliciousness…

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FAWSLEY HALL HOTEL

 

About the Author

Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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