Raring2go! Reviews the children's and adult's Afternoon Tea at the Abbey Hotel In Redditch
How fancy did we feel going for afternoon tea at a hotel? Very posh indeed!
As we entered the reception myself and my god children, Lilly Bird age 11, Dominic Bird age 6 and Freddie Bird age 5 were warmly greeted by Errol who showed us to our table overlooking the golf course, much to the children's delight. Once we were all seated, we were asked what we would like to drink. There was a choice of tea, coffee, juice, milkshakes or hot chocolate. As it was a chilly day and we'd been exploring the Abbey ruins not far from the hotel, we all opted for hot drinks, tea for the adults and hot chocolates for the children to warm us all up.
Three-tier curate stands were brought over to us - a stand especially for the children, a savoury stand and a traditional stand. They all looked absolutely delicious and we didn't know where to start. We decided on the bottom and worked our way up! The mini burgers went down well with the older children and the jam sandwiches were a hit with the younger children. There was lots of choice including little cakes, trifles, jam tarts, brownies and of course scones served with lashings of jam and cream. The savoury platter was a lovely change and was equally as delicious with pork pie, wraps, bruschetta and an ox cheek savoury bon bon. The traditional tea had all the things you expected and wanted. There were sandwiches with ham, egg and cress and coronation chicken. The tiny meringues were delicately sweet and delicious but of course the €˜piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance' were the scones which were available in fruit and plain. Everyone was happily tucking in to the exquisite delights. More tea vicar? Yes please!
The children had a breather and a little walk out on to the terrace area to stretch their legs whilst the adults battled on! We eventually conceded defeat and we were thankfully offered boxes to take home our few uneaten cakes, which was a great idea.
The staff at the hotel made us feel very welcome and we didn't have to worry about the children feeling too over whelmed by the more formal setting. We even had a small spillage which was all efficiently mopped up and quickly dealt with and the lovely girl didn't make us feel like it was any trouble at all - phew!
We will definitely be back again very soon as it was great value for money and we had a lovely time creating happy memories of our very first afternoon tea altogether.
THANK YOU Abbey Hotel!
Raring2go! Bromsgrove and Redditch
Editor Lisa Bayliss