And eating lots of cake is really hard work, honest.
This particular afternoon tea extravaganza was actually a treat from my lovely friend Dani. Not only did she whisk me off to beautiful Windsor for the day (I think she even ordered the sunshine), but she also booked us a table at the fabulous Sir Christopher Wren Hotel.
We were lucky enough to get a seat by the window, which meant that this spectacular view was all ours…
The perfect setting for an afternoon treat, particularly when it is coupled with a lovely glass of bubbly.
While we were sipping on our Prosecco we were serenaded with some beautifully mellow jazz in the background. It sounds like pure bliss right? It sure was and then the delicious food came out.
Now I tend to think the best afternoon tea is never the ones that go for extreme quantity, because they tend to sacrifice on quality. The Sir Christopher Wren got both scores totally right, there was a selection of sandwiches, scones and a choice of three cakes, which was just the right amount (ok, so I did feel a little stuffed) and it was all thoroughly delicious.
The sandwiches were reasonably traditional with the usual suspects – smoked salmon, cucumber, ham and egg. They were beautifully prepared and served in lovely soft bread.
The scones were light in the middle and slightly crispy around the edge, served with cute little pots of jam, which had these lovely notes on the lid:
The cake is always the main event, we had a Victoria sponge, a ginger and walnut cake and a profiterole style choux bun.
They were just the right size to fully enjoy their yumminess, without being too much so that you couldn’t try all three (well at least if you are a little piggy like me).
Sir Christopher Wren hotel offered an afternoon tea that felt totally decadent, was beautifully presented and super tasty. It was definitely a hit with our party of two, and I would go back there in a second if I was visiting Windsor again.
So if you are off to pay a visit to the Queen (or at least her residence) make sure you drop in…