AD. This is a gifted experience but all views are my own.
There is something so elegant about going to afternoon tea with your loved ones. A chance for some indulgence at a gorgeous venue.
Last week was National Afternoon Tea Week. What a great excuse to have a luxury afternoon tea. I decided checking out the afternoon tea experience at The Connaught Hotel and Spa was a great idea.
Afternoon Tea was first thought up by The Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting around 1840. Afternoon tea soon became fashionable amongst the high society. However, it was The Langham who popularised this tradition by being the first hotel to feature this ‘new meal’ on its menu when it was opened 1865.
The Connaught Hotel and Spa is one of the finest boutique hotels in Bournemouth offering an indulgence spa experience for all guests. The hotel is on Bournemouth’s West Cliff, which is just minutes from the beach and town centre. The hotel offers an afternoon tea for everyone not just hotel guests. So we went to visit the restaurant to sample their afternoon tea experience.
The afternoon tea is just £18 per person, which is created by their talented AA Rosette chefs. Do not worry as they cater for vegans, vegetarians and people who require gluten free with just 48 hours notice.
We booked ahead of time but we were so fortunate with the weather, it was a beautiful day and before our afternoon tea we had a walk along beach. If you are looking for a hotel in Bournemouth close to the beach I would definitely recommend this hotel. It was just a short walk to the sandy beach, beach huts and lots of ice-cream.
When we arrived there was plenty of parking and disabled parking clearly marked, which made our experience so much easier. We were greeted both at the lobby and restaurant and were able to chose the table next to the opened doors within the restaurant. It was such a beautiful restaurant with so much open space. I always like it when a restaurant give you plenty of privacy from other diners. The hotel is also wheelchair accessible and a variety of seating to suit every diner.
The staff in the hotel from the main lobby and restaurant were so friendly and polite. They were also willing to answer any questions or requests we made. The restaurant itself was clean and well decorated. They also had a fully stocked bar with their range of gins – which would be a definite winner for me with dinner. And of course we checked out their main menu and have already made plans to go back.
The afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, there was a selection of sandwiches, scones and other yummy sweet treats, all brought out on an afternoon tea stand! We each had clotted cream portion as well as some strawberry jam. Of course opted for cold drinks because it was 30 degrees outside of which they had an extensive selection including drinks on tap.
My favourites from the afternoon tea were the warm scones, macrons and the ham and tomato sandwiches! I have never had an afternoon tea where the scones were warm – so this was a really nice touch!
Unfortunately we were both too full to finish all of the sweet treats, so the waiter provided a cake box for us to take home any leftovers. So that evening we could enjoy our cakes with a cup of tea – once the temperature had cooled off.
If you are in the Bournemouth area or planning a visit to Bournemouth, definitely research The Connaught Hotel And Spa for your stay or even to book your own afternoon tea experience!
Have you had an afternoon tea before? Would you like to visit this hotel for an afternoon tea? I’d love to hear in the comments.