Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Champagne Afternoon Tea at Ox Pasture Hall

You can't deny Afternoon Tea is a quintessential British past time, as a child I loved play tea parties and having afternoon tea with my dolls. As I've grown up I'd say I'm seasoned in Afternoon tea, however after a while you lose a love of it as they all start to feel a little samey. Usually you end up with 1 or 2 cakes per person, a couple of sandwiches with fairly boring fillings and a scone, I mean don't get me wrong I love it but not that many places really blow you away with their tea. Personally for me I am very fussy so the sandwiches are low on my list of priorities however I love a good selection of cake and a fluffy scone with way too much clotted cream (if too much can be a thing!)

I spent last Sunday in the most beautiful hotel around 5/10 minutes from Scarborough seafront at Ox Pasture Hall having Champagne afternoon tea. The place is so beautiful, the gardens are so perfect for photos sadly my camera was dying (prepared as always kloe) so I didn't get chance to get a million out there or I really would have. There's a massive pond filled with geese out the back and so many flowers honestly I could have spent all day wandering around in the sunshine in the gardens. However the reason we went was for tea and let me tell you it did not disappoint. The Champagne Afternoon Tea is £26.50 per person and you can see why, we got champange each with 2 additional pots of tea and a pot of coffee. As we arrived we were told tea would not be too long as they were just finishing up the scones, as they're served fresh from the oven and warm!

The tea arrived and our server talked us through each tier and how everything was made, before  checking everything was okay for us as we had a vegetarian in the group. We had a selection of; beef sandwiches, egg mayonnaise and cheese &pickle the table agreed the sandwiches were good the Beef ones were a particular favourite. I however was more excited for scones and cake! Those butter milk scones, guys they were so fresh and warm they had hard outer shells but were fluffy inside and were just amazing coated in cream and jam! The cakes on the other hand were something else, I thought the scones were amazing then we got to the cakes, everyone was sure the chocolate brownie or the chocolate peanut butter bite would be the winner but we were all pleasantly surprised. First up we had the almond slice, the cake tasted like frangipane and was so soft and moist. The chocolate items were both extremely rich and perfectly sized, I think a large piece of the brownie may have killed me off to be honest! Finally there was the pear tart topped with homemade lemon curd. This was the all round winner for us, the flavours were absolutely amazing I really need to get a recipe for it.

Overall I really enjoyed afternoon tea at Ox Pasture Hall and would definitely recommend it, they change the menu regularly so you're not sure what you're going to get on the day but you can make requests per dietary requirements. I think I'll be dreaming about that pear tart for a long time, it definitely reignited my love for afternoon tea a little.

Are you a fan of afternoon tea? Where's your favourite place to for it? 

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