For my birthday earlier this year, James kindly bought me an 'afternoon tea for two' voucher at The Hickstead Hotel in West Sussex. After saving it for ages to try & find the right day & time to go, I finally booked it for the end of August on Bank Holiday Monday.
My Mum & I drove down to the hotel, only a short 30 minute drive from where we live & were booked in for tea at 2:30pm.
The hotel itself is beautiful & right in the heart of the countryside.
Our voucher entitled us to an array of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream and jam as well as a selection of teas and coffees. Just look at this spread!
We started off with tea & coffee, before diving into the sandwiches!
This meringue / strawberry concoction was my favourite. It was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted!
We also got to sample some macaroons, which were strawberry flavoured with a lemon centre. They were amazing too! Nothing worse than too much lemon, but this was subtle & refreshing.
We went for a short walk around the hotel after we had finished. (I'm surprised we could still walk as we ate so much!)
You can actually see the South Downs on a clear day from the tea rooms, so we took a few snaps with the view in the background.
I'd highly recommend this hotel for afternoon tea. The food & service was amazing, I really couldn't fault it from the moment we arrived, till moment we walked out the door.
I would actually love to go & stay there, it would be the perfect place in the Winter time, surrounded by snow with a log fire.
Have you ever been to this hotel or one similar for afternoon tea? : )