So many afternoon teas, I love it! If anyone has any recommendations of anywhere else I can go then please let me know! I love Browns. I think that atmosphere is really nice and the one in Nottingham especially just has nice vibes. I’d never been here for afternoon tea before and my amazing friends were kind enough to treat me to this a couple of weeks ago as part of my birthday present. I had a great time and would happily do this all the time! The cake stand was literally insane. It was a great mix of modern coolness and the traditional-ness of afternoon tea. I just want this for personal use when I move into my own house.
Let’s start how all afternoon tea’s start with the savoury and the sandwiches. They were quite strange fillings but at the same time normal. The weirdest one was cucumber and cream cheese. Although it doesn’t sound weird it just didn’t look anything like it was meant to be. The cucumber was chopped up into tiny pieces so you couldn’t really tell what it was and it made the cream cheese looked non cream cheese like. However, it tasted very nice and that’s all that matters. I don’t normally like egg mayo sandwiches because I’m not the biggest fan of overly eggy things but because this sandwich didn’t taste much like egg it was all okay. My favourite sandwich was the smoked salmon sandwich with lemon and chive creme fraiche. I just love smoked salmon so it will always be my number one afternoon tea sandwich!
Next layer was the scones (even though they were on the top that’s the order I normally eat it in). These scones are some of the best I’ve ever had, no joke. They were still warm even when we got around to eating them and there was plenty of clotted cream and jam for all of the scones. What I really liked was that you got a fruit and a plain scone which is very unusual because you normally get one or the other. Great texture, lovely flavour and I could have eaten more and more!
Finally the cakes and I was very surprised at the size of these! This afternoon tea is great value for money in that respect. The middle cake was a salted caramel profiterole. It was okay and tasted nice but salted caramel wasn’t my favourite flavour and profiterole wouldn’t be my pudding of choice, but it was still very nice. The chocolate brownie was huge! It was incredibly rich and chocolate-y and there was no way I could finish it because it was so big and rich, but the bit that I did have was lovely. The lemon cheesecake was delicious. The base was thin, buttery and crumbly and the filling was sweet but with a tang and it was lovely and creamy. The creme de la creme was the white chocolate pot. It had the texture of a posset, like a thin mousse and tasted like a dream. It was like creamy melted chocolate and I loved every spoonful! I think this one was my favourite.
Betty’s is one of my favourite places to eat ever so whenever I know we’re going somewhere where one will be close, I pray that we might be giving it a visit. If you don’t know what Betty’s is, it’s an old fashioned tea room in the north of England that sells things from afternoon tea to a full english breakfast. I’ve had a fair few things on the menu so this time, on our York trip, I branched out and went for the haddock, salmon and prawn gratin. It was smoked haddock, salmon and prawns in a hollandaise type sauce with a potato rosti with breadcrumbs on top. This was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The fish was soft and tasty, especially the smoked haddock, and the sauce was to die for, so much flavour. The rosti was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle and just incredibly good. Everything was seasoned to perfection and the portion size was perfect. I can’t rave about this place and the food enough, it’s just insane. There are four destinations where Betty’s resides, York, Harrogate, Northallerton and Ilkley. Other than the Northallerton one, I’ve been to the all of them and even had a baking course. I just love it so much, can you tell?!?
As a little treat before I went back off to the wonderful world of university, my mum planned a little surprise as a nice send off. I had no idea what it was, like no idea, so when we pulled up outside I had a little bit of a mini heart attack. I think that I might be the world’s biggest ‘TV spotting’ geek because wherever I go that has been on the tele I can’t help myself but be like “Remember in series 2 of [insert programme name here] when they went to that church?!?! That’s the church!!”. I think it may be a condition.
As soon as we walked through the door I was taking in my surroundings and everything was so cute! Everywhere was filled with old fashioned furniture with little ornaments it was really relaxing. Then I saw it, the Last Tango in Halifax collage, with pictures of everyone when they filmed there…..just…too many feels….
The afternoon tea itself was beautiful. Cute crockery and tasty food you can’t really go wrong. The sandwiches were ham and mustard, beef and horseradish, cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon. My favourite was the smoked salmon one but the all of them were big on flavour. The scones (which were fruit) had just come out of the oven as they were still warm, mmmmm. Smothered in jam and cream you can’t really go wrong. To top off a super yummy ‘meal’ there were three desserts, a little strawberry sponge, a chocolaty truffle thing and a lemon posset. I can’t pick my favourite as they were all so delicious in their own little ways. I’d definitely recommend going for afternoon tea here or anywhere as i think it’s a nice treat to have every once in a while!
The afternoon tea (which can be consumed at anytime of the day) comes with three wonderful layers:
- Sandwiches- Egg mayonnaise, roasted ham and mustard, chicken and tarragon mayonnaise and smoked salmon with cream cheese.
- Scone- Sultana or cheese scone with jam and clotted cream.
- Cakes- Lemon macaroon, fruit tart and chocolate and praline mousse cake.